Transgender Health Program: For Health Care Professionals

Dr. Lishiana Shaffer, a gynecologist-obstetrician, is among the many OHSU providers who work with the Transgender Health Program to care for gender-diverse patients
Dr. Lishiana Shaffer, a gynecologist-obstetrician, is among the many OHSU providers who work with the Transgender Health Program to care for gender-diverse patients.

OHSU’s Transgender Health Program is dedicated to helping you deliver the best care possible to transgender and gender-nonconforming patients of all ages. Our providers lecture and publish nationally and internationally to share their knowledge.

We can help you:

  • Refer a patient to the right OHSU specialist.
  • Provide gender-affirming care in a welcoming environment.
  • Offer hormone therapy to your transgender and gender-nonbinary patients.
  • Learn more about gender-diverse care.

Refer a patient

The Transgender Health Program offers resources, training and help with referrals to health care professionals in the community. You’ll find our providers and their clinics below.

Contact us at 503-494-7970 or transhealth@ohsu.edu  with questions.

  1. Please complete our Request for Transgender Health Services referral form.
  2. Some services have specific prerequisites for patients to be seen. Please make sure all fields on the form are complete.
  3. Fax the referral form to 503-346-6854.

Mental health providers: Write a letter of support

OHSU providers follow World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)  Standards of Care, Version 7. This means many surgical referrals require one or two mental health letters of support. These letters should be written by a licensed mental health provider. If written by an unlicensed provider, the letter should be attested to and co-signed by a licensed supervisor.

  1. Please use this fillable mental health letter of support template to complete the letter.
  2. Fax the letter to 503-346-6854.

Transgender Health Program training

The Transgender Health Program provides training and classes to health care professionals and offices. We can help you provide hormone therapy and other forms of gender-affirming care in a welcoming environment. Learn more:

Find an OHSU provider

Pubertal suppression and hormone therapy

Mental health care

  • Danielle Moyer, Ph.D.

Adult care

Electrolysis

Laser hair removal

The Transgender Health Program encourages primary care providers to manage hormone therapy whenever possible. This avoids disruptions in care and reduces travel time for patients who live outside the Portland area. The THP can provide resources, technical assistance and advice if you need.

Specialty care: See Endocrinology (above) for patients who need specialty hormone therapy care because of diabetes, thyroid disease or other conditions.

  • Mary Marsiglio, Ph.D.

Surgical services

Chest feminization and masculinization

Laryngochrondoplasty (Adam’s apple reduction; also called a tracheal shave)

Vocal surgery to raise pitch (feminizing)

OHSU research

OHSU providers have done extensive research on topics related to caring for gender-diverse patients. Here is a selection of papers:

OHSU presentations

May 3, 2016:

Gender Reassignment Surgery: Experience From Belgrade | Miroslav L. Djordjevic, M.D., professor of pediatric surgery/urology, University Children’s Hospital in Belgrade Serbia

March 22, 2016:

Medical and Surgical Transition for Transgender People | Daniel D. Dugi III, M.D., FACS, assistant professor of urology, OHSU; and Amy Penkin, LCSW, program supervisor, OHSU Transgender Health Program

March 15, 2016:

Building Trans Awareness and Responsiveness (Part 2) | Amy Penkin, LCSW, program supervisor, OHSU Transgender Health Program

March 1, 2016:

Transgender Health Program Community Forum: Vaginoplasty | Daniel D. Dugi III, M.D., FACS, assistant professor of urology, OHSU

June 5, 2015:

Building Trans Awareness and Responsiveness (Part 1) | Amy Penkin, LCSW, program supervisor, OHSU Transgender Health Program

March 22, 2015:

Assessing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Clinical Encounters | Juno Obedin-Maliver, M.D., M.P.H., and Mitchell R. Lunn, M.D., University of California-San Francisco

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