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Accelerating Dermatology to Modern Transgender Health Care


Though transgender medicine has existed for over 100 years, physicians like Dr. Jackson Turbeville are still looking for opportunities to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for patients seeking treatment for a variety of dermatologic conditions.

Transgender medicine is assumed by many to be a nascent healthcare subject, and understandably so. Representation of minority groups in healthcare has always been an issue, especially in dermatology, and it’s difficult to imagine transgender patient equity becoming prioritized.

But the question isn’t whether there’s a history of transgender medicine; it’s whether that history is being acknowledged. The answer to that question, explained Jackson Turbeville, MD, is complex. In an interview with HCPLive , Tubeville, a dermatologist with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said his interest in transgender medicine began late into his residency, when he first realized the gaps of care relative to cisgender patients.

“As time has gone on, more and more has been written in the dermatologic literature about what we can do as a profession to really best serve these patients,” Turbeville said. “There are many institutions where they don’t necessarily have an individual within dermatology with that particular expertise or experience, and so to grow […]

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