The Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Welcomes Sari Reisner, Sc.D., Director of Transgender Research in the Section of Men’s Health, Aging and Metabolism, in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension
The Department of Medicine is pleased to welcome Sari L. Reisner, Sc.D. (Pronouns: He/Him/His), an internationally recognized expert in transgender health, as the Director of Transgender Research in the Section of Men's Health, Aging and Metabolism, in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension.
Trained as a social and psychiatric epidemiologist, Dr. Reisner’s research focuses on health inequities in sexual and gender minority populations, specializing in transgender population health, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and mental health and substance use risks and resiliencies in adolescents and young adults. His work utilizes a participatory population perspective to work "with" not “on” communities.
Transgender and gender-diverse people face multiple barriers to accessing appropriate health care, including denial of service, harassment, and lack of clinician knowledge. This article presents a blueprint for planning and implementing a transgender health program within a primary care practice in order to enhance the capacity of the health care system to meet the medical and mental health needs of this underserved population. The steps described, with emphasis on elements specific to transgender care, include conducting a community needs assessment, gaining commitment from leadership and staff, choosing a service model and treatment protocols, defining staff roles, and creating a welcoming environment.
This article was authored by an HMS student and HMS faculty. It can be accessed here.
The winter edition of Harvard Medicine Magazine has been published with a focus on LGBTQ+ health care.
With articles covering intersex care, the impact of discrimination and minority stress on LGBTQ+ people's health, and data privacy with medical records, this edition of Harvard Medicine is a comprehensive, engaging resource on the many intersections of LGBTQ+ identity and the medical world.