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Mount Sinai Beth Israel Advances Transgender Medicine and Surgery

Transgender individuals experience unique health disparities, and transgender medicine, surgery, and mental health outcomes often go unaddressed by providers. Yet the need for this knowledge is ever-expanding in the healthcare field. Recognizing this growing gap in care, Mount Sinai Beth Israel began to concentrate on providing comprehensive care to its transgender population in 2016.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel began by amassing a multidisciplinary team of professionals to provide comprehensive care, including primary/preventive care, hormonal therapy, behavioral health, surgical services, and post-transition care. The team includes plastic and reconstructive surgeons, urologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, and a nurse practitioner specializing in transgender and gender diverse care. Staff education is ongoing and additional staff were identified to assist with pre-, intra-, and postoperative counseling.

Surgery increased from 130 cases in 2016, the first full year of services, to 282 cases in 2017. An increase in surgery requests led to an expansion of operating room “block time” for Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) ambulatory and inpatient procedures. A total of 1,300 CTMS patients were seen at the outpatient clinic since March 2016, contributing to further research in transgender medicine and surgery.

For more information, contact the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, Mount Sinai, at (212) 604-1730 or at ctmsinfo@mountsinai.org.

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