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We are a team of surgeons dedicated to developing a center of excellence for gender affirming surgery in the Mountain West. We are passionate about serving the transgender community in our area, and across the country.

Our surgical providers at University of Utah Health work together with other specialties in the Transgender Health Program to provide a coordinated, safe approach to medical and surgical care. All of our providers follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care.

Our Training

Before starting the gender affirming surgery program at University of Utah, our team travelled to sites across the country to compare different surgical techniques. 

We picked sites that are known for high volume and excellent outcomes:

  • Chicago, Illinois;
  • Portland, Oregon;  and
  • New York University. 

We have also participated in dissection courses, focusing in-depth on the anatomy of the pelvis and the changes made during gender affirming surgery.

In hopes of creating the best experience possible for our patients, we have also worked within the hospital community at U of U Health to educate all members of the hospital staff (intake clerks, nursing, food services, physical therapy, occupational therapy) with whom our patients will interact. 

Bringing a Team Approach to Our Patients’ Care

We have seen that a team approach allows us to handle any complication that arises and gives our gender affirming surgery patients easy access to their surgeons. 

We also have four surgeons involved in our phalloplasty and vaginoplasty surgeries. Having four surgeons involved in these surgeries allows us to continually fine-tune our approach, which helps us improve our patient's satisfaction with their outcomes. 

Our surgical team is passionate about providing the following services to all our patients:

  • high quality, compassionate health care to transgender individuals,
  • close follow-up,
  • transparent outcomes for patients, and
  • research designed to improve our care of transgender individuals.

Insurance Coverage

The University of Utah Health Transgender Program is not able to recommend insurers or insurance plans, as there is much variation from insurer to insurer and plan to plan. If you have questions about your insurance coverage for gender affirming medical care, please contact your insurance company directly.

After consultating with your surgical provider, if you are a candidate for surgery, we will work with you to find if the procedure is covered. If surgery is not covered by your plan, we will provide you with an out-of-pocket estimate.

If our providers are not in-network, ask your insurance company if you would qualify for a gap exception. A gap exception can sometimes be granted as a covered service if there are no other in-network providers in the area that offer that service.

Check with our insurance information to verify whether University of Utah Health is in your network of coverage.

Please note that we are actively working with all of the payers in Utah to advocate for medically necessary care as a covered benefit. 

As our program continues to grow and develop, we expect to provide more services in the near future. 

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We Want Your Feedback

We are constantly evolving as a program and welcome any feedback from the community that will help us meet our mission to provide safe, gender-affirmative care at University of Utah Health. Please email us at transgenderhealth@hsc.utah.edu.