Gender Confirmation Surgeon Reflects on State Transgender Care & Legislation on International Transgender Day of Visibility

Gender Confirmation Surgeon Reflects on State Transgender Care & Legislation on International Transgender Day of Visibility

United States, Illinois, Chicago - 03/31/2021 — Chicago, Illinois, March 31, 2021 - International Transgender Day of Visibility is today, March 31, a day in which people around the world celebrate the advancements, highlight achievements, and spotlight the ongoing need for more inclusivity and equality as it relates to the transgender community. 

In Chicago, Dr. Loren S. Schechter, M.D., F.A.C.S., (he/him/his), Medical Director at The Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital and Mira Ebalo, MPAS, PA-C, (they/them/theirs), are actively involved in the treatment and care of individuals of the trans experience and are able to talk about their work in this space. Their history as frontline advocates for the accessibility of care allows them to have unique, first-hand knowledge that would benefit the overall conversation happening on this day. They both have comprehensive and specialized experience in regard to the challenges of care faced by trans individuals, particularly in regard to recent, aggressive proposed bills and laws passed that affect the LGBTQ+ community. 

“There are a number of state issues that are quite concerning and the challenge is when you deny access, not just restrict access, but deny access to medically necessary care is quite harmful and what is probably even worse is when these denials are not founded in any sound, medical principles,” Dr. Schechter said. “I think the day is important to highlight that people need care and we’re here to offer support and a reminder that it’s really just about treating people with respect and dignity. Things we all want in our lives.” 

About Loren S Schechter

Dr. Schechter has been at the forefront of this particular kind of surgery for 20 years and has taught medical students in this subspecialty from all over the world. He’s on the executive board of the  World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) as their new treasurer. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at The University of Illinois at Chicago, attending surgeon at Rush University, and Director of the Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital. He authored the first surgical atlas concerning the Surgical Management of Transgender Individuals and is a founding member and president-elect of The American Society for Gender Surgeons. Dr. Schechter is recognized by Castle Connolly as a “Top Doctor.”

He received his medical degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency in general and plastic surgery as well as a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals. While at the University of Chicago, Dr. Schechter was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and graduated as The Outstanding Student in Surgery.

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