Transgender Health Program: Primary Care

OHSU options for primary care include our Primary Care Clinic at Richmond, in Southeast Portland
OHSU options for primary care include our Primary Care Clinic at Richmond, in Southeast Portland.

The OHSU Transgender Health Program welcomes patients in the Portland metro area who are seeking primary care. We know how important your health is to your well-being. We also understand how difficult it can be to find a knowledgeable, welcoming provider.

Our professionals are committed to providing affirming care that meets your needs at every stage of life. We can help you:

  • Connect with a gender-affirming provider at OHSU.
  • Choose from several options and locations.
  • Help you find a non-OHSU provider in your community.

What OHSU offers

Many of the primary care providers in OHSU’s family practice and internal medicine clinics have training and experience in treating gender-diverse patients. This includes:

Routine health care: OHSU providers emphasize the importance of your overall health and well-being.

Regular exams: We will work with you to make sure you get the screenings and exams you need, regardless of your gender identity. Anyone with a prostate or cervix, for example, should continue appropriate screenings. At OHSU, we bring a sensitive, gender-affirming approach to this care.

Hormone therapy: OHSU doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners have expertise in hormone therapy, and monitor patients throughout their care.

Our welcoming environments include:

  • Safe, affirming restroom access
  • Physical exams you’re comfortable with
  • Medical records that reflect your name, pronouns and gender identity
  • If needed, support from a peer volunteer during visits

Comprehensive care: Your primary care provider will work with other OHSU providers to make sure you get the care you need.

Provider guidance: If you would like to get hormone therapy or affirming primary care from your own provider, we can help the clinic learn how to provide it. Contact the THP or direct your provider to our For Health Care Professionals page.

Finding a primary care provider

You do not need a referral for a primary care appointment. You can call the clinic directly. 

  • When you call, please let the clinic know you are seeking gender-affirming care.
  • See our team page to find providers by location.
  • If you live far from Portland, we encourage you to seek primary care in your community. You can contact the Transgender Health Program to learn how we can  help your doctor provide gender-affirming care.

OHSU primary care clinics:

  • Beaverton: 971-262-9150
  • Gabriel Park: 503-494-9992
  • Marquam Hill: 503-494-8562
  • Orenco Station: 503-346-3900
  • Richmond: 503-418-3900
  • Scappoose: 503-418-4222
  • South Waterfront: 503-494-8573

The Transgender Health Program can help you find a gender-affirming clinic near where you live. If you’d like to find one on your own, here are some tips: 

Ask others: Ask friends or social media connections. Pose the question on a forum. Or contact an advocacy or support group.

Use a database: RAD Remedy, a national database of gender-affirming health providers, can help you find a clinic.

Set realistic expectations: Finding a primary care doctor with expertise in transgender and gender-nonconforming care may not be easy, especially outside a large metro area. Consider making a list of what you consider essential in a provider. Then make a list of what you prefer but could live without. These lists can help guide your search.

Understand necessities: If you haven’t changed your name or gender marker with your insurance provider or on your birth certificate, the clinic may need to use your dead name and assigned gender on medical records. This helps with claims. It also ensures that some kinds of care are covered. You can still ask to have your name, pronouns and gender identity noted in your medical records. 

Among the things to ask a provider or front-office staff member:

  • How will you note my name, pronouns and gender identity on medical records if they differ from what’s on my birth certificate or insurance card?
  • Will you work with me and my insurer when I make claims that may be complicated by my name and gender identity?
  • Are you comfortable with me bringing a friend or family member to appointments?
  • Do you have any experience with transgender and gender-nonconforming patients?
  • Have you had any training in gender-diverse health?
  • Does my gender identity or physicality pose any issues for you?
  • Does the clinic staff have any training in gender-affirming care?
  • Are you familiar with the WPATH Standards of Care?
  • Are you willing to discuss how my physical exams are conducted?
  • Do you have any experience with hormone therapy for transgender or gender-nonbinary patients? If not, would you be willing to ask for guidance from the OHSU Transgender Health Program or elsewhere?
  • Does the staff use your affirmed name, pronouns and gender identity?
  • Do staff members apologize if they misuse your name, pronouns or gender identity?
  • Does the staff discuss any questions about your name, gender identity and other issues out of earshot of other patients?
  • Does the office have gender-neutral or single-stall restrooms?
  • Does the office’s art reflect diversity?
  • Do magazines in the waiting area reflect diversity? Are there any LGBTQ publications?
  • Does the office have a clear way to accept feedback or complaints?

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Location

Dillehunt Hall, Room 1007
3235 S.W. Pavilion Loop
Portland, OR 97239

Dillehunt Hall can be reached through Sam Jackson Hall.

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