Northwestern Medicine launches Gender Pathways program


CHICAGO — Northwestern Medicine announced their Gender Pathways program on Wednesday.

Gender Pathways is a clinical program for transgender and gender non-binary individuals providing supportive medical services, from gender-affirming primary care to multidisciplinary surgeries.

According to a press release, the program offers coordinated care by more than a dozen Northwestern Medicine physicians in obstetrics and gynecology, urology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, internal medicine and family medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The program is sponsored by the Northwestern Medicine Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division.

“We want to make Northwestern Medicine the medical home for as many people as possible, not just providing transition-related surgery but lifelong, supportive and safe care,” said Sumanas Wanant Jordan, MD, a plastic surgeon specializing in gender affirming surgery and transgender healthcare. “Whether it’s surgical transition, general gynecology, fertility counseling, internal medicine, social work or psychology, we have trusted colleagues in each of those medical subspecialties who can provide affirming, thoughtful care.”

The Gender Pathways program will also offer research, advocacy and education about transgender or gender non-binary individuals within the health care space.

“Things came together for our program at a great time,” said Dr. Jordan, an assistant professor of surgery (plastic surgery) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “State and local governments are coming together to promote transgender rights, and we have a number of providers who want to make sure trans healthcare is a priority. That said, we have a lot of work ahead of us. We are doing everything at the highest level to meet the needs of our patients.”

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