Transgender Health AMA Series: I’m Joshua Safer, Medical Director at the
Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Boston University Medical
Center, here to talk about the science behind transgender medicine, AMA!
Hi reddit! I’m Joshua Safer and I serve as the Medical Director of the
Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Boston Medical Center and
Associate Professor of Medicine at the BU School of Medicine. I am a
member of the Endocrine Society task force that is revising guidelines
for the medical care of transgender patients, the Global Education
Initiative committee for the World Professional Association for
Transgender Health (WPATH), the Standards of Care revision committee for
WPATH, and I am a scientific co-chair for WPATH’s international meeting.
My research focus has been to demonstrate health and quality of life
benefits accruing from increased access to care for transgender patients
and I have been developing novel transgender medicine curricular content
at the BU School of Medicine. Recent papers of mine summarize current
establishment thinking about the science underlying gender identity
along with the most effective medical treatment strategies for
transgender individuals seeking treatment and research gaps in our
optimization of transgender health care. Here are links to 2 papers and
to interviews from earlier in 2017: Evidence supporting the biological
nature of gender identity Safety of current transgender hormone
treatment strategies Podcast and a Facebook Live interviews with Katie
Couric tied to her National Geographic documentary “Gender Revolution”
(released earlier this year): Podcast, Facebook Live Podcast of
interview with Ann Fisher at WOSU in Ohio I’ll be back at 12 noon EST.
Ask Me Anything!