UW Medicine’s Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Health Program

Welcome to UW Medicine’s (UWM) Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Health Program and thank you for visiting. Our primary goal is to reduce the health disparities experienced by the transgender and gender non-binary (TGNB) community by providing inclusive and patient-centered gender affirming healthcare access that is integrated throughout primary, surgical, specialty, and mental health services. Housed in UWM’s Office of Health Care Equity, the TGNB Health Program strives to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion principles inform all system-wide quality improvement processes and practices, and incorporates TGNB community voices and health equity measures into program development.

We are excited to announce that we are slowly expanding our gender affirming surgical services to include vulvovaginoplasty, phalloplasty and metoidioplasty, and are accepting surgical referrals now.

As the Covid-19 pandemic has strained every health care system and continues to impact our operating room availability and staff support, we ask for your patience as we try to meet the robust healthcare needs of our trans and gender diverse patients during this time. We are receiving a significant number of referrals daily, and are working hard to schedule and respond to each one. While we work to improve our surgical capacity and increase our staff support we are not yet able to respond to new patient or surgical inquires (phone or e-mail) directly. Please take a look at our UW Medicine’s Services and Providers & Insurance Requirements & Coverage pages to get started. Once we have received your referral and required medical documentation from your primary care provider, we will reach out to begin scheduling an appointment.

All gender affirming surgeries must meet the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care and have this documented by both a primary care provider and mental health provider(s), regardless of insurance coverage and payment. All gender affirming health providers are required to follow WPATH standards of care that include provider letters, without exception.

For new patients looking for primary care: Follow the links on each provider’s page to contact their clinics and schedule an appointment. No referrals or provider letters are needed.

For patients looking for specialty care: Please contact your primary care provider (PCP) to have them fax or send a referral to the specialist provider, indicating gender affirming care and include any relevant medical notes.

For patients looking for surgical care: Please contact your primary care provider (PCP) to have them fax or send a referral to the surgeon indicating gender affirming surgery and include any relevant medical notes. Your PCP will also need to fax or send their letter of surgical endorsement, and your mental health provider(s) will also need to complete their evaluation for medical readiness letter that can be faxed in prior to your arrival for your consult appointment. If your provider is unfamiliar with writing these letters, the links above detail the letter requirements and provide a sample template.