Boston Medical Center is set to become the first hospital in Massachusetts to offer gender reassignment surgery.
It will also become one of just a handful of hospitals in the country to perform the procedures.
"This is an important addition to our surgical offerings as it truly represents BMC's commitment to industry-leading medical care and to serving the needs of all members of our community," says Kate Walsh, president and CEO of BMC. "For many of our transgender patients, surgery is the only way for them to lead a more complete life."
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All genital surgeries will be performed by Robert Oates, MD, vice chair of urology; and Jaromir Slama, MD, chief of the division of plastic surgery.
Starting in late summer, Boston Medical Center will offer male-to-female surgery and may eventually expand the program to include female-to-male surgery.
"Transgender patients seeking this surgery have struggled for many years to find appropriate and necessary medical care," says Gerard Doherty, MD, chief of surgery at BMC. "Now, we will be able to better serve this population and meet their needs by providing medically indicated surgery that will enable them to fully live as the gender they identify with."
Other states that offer comprehensive gender affirmation surgery for transgender patients include Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan and Pennsylvania.