I practice adolescent medicine and provide care for transgender and gender-nonconforming children, adolescents and young adults. I founded and direct our Transgender Health Program, where we offer medical care for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth from age 4 to their 25th birthday.
I’ve wanted to be a physician my whole life. I inherited my love for children and for education from my parents, who were both teachers. Part of my work includes teaching medical students and pediatric residents in our clinics.
At the Transgender Health Program, we meet patients and their families where they are in their journey and use evidence-based treatment guidelines to deliver care. As a resource for the community, we provide support for our patients and their families and caregivers. We are training students, residents and fellows to provide culturally competent care for this population.
I want all children and adolescents to grow up happy, and both mentally and physically healthy. I want them to succeed and live to their full potential, especially my transgender and gender- nonconforming patients. I advocate for them and their needs unceasingly.
I have received awards for my care of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth, including the Dennis and Judy Shepard Family Values Award from the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which advocates for LGBT rights and the Cincinnati Human Rights Campaign Award for my care of LGBT patients and families. This recognition would not have been possible without the awesome transgender team that works with me.
In my research, my colleagues and I are trying to standardize care for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. We gather data to figure out the most effective treatment regimens and best ways to help this patient population get the quality health services they need.
During my free time, I like to cook, make quilts and go geocaching.
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine, Transgender Health