Vanderbilt University Medical Center is committed to a welcoming and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) patients. We've earned a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Index for the past 6 years.

Our Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health connects patients with specially trained LGBTQ providers and helps ensure outstanding medical care in an atmosphere of compassion and respect.

LGBTQ Health: Why Choose Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a national leader in LGBTQ patient care including cultural competency training, research and education.

  • Training and accreditation. Our unique training program creates a network of doctors across the medical center specially certified to care for LGBTQ patients.
  • Gender-affirming transgender health services. This includes Trans Buddy, our groundbreaking program offering transgender individuals an advocate to support their medical care.
  • Dedicated expertise in HIV care and PrEP
  • Innovation and national leadership in health care quality for LGBTQ patients

LGBTQ Health Services

LGBTQ patients may face a greater chance of inadequate health care, certain medical problems and chronic diseases, and higher rates of mental health conditions such as depression. Our program helps LGBTQ individuals with:

  • Finding LGBTQ-competent providers
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Intersex health
  • Transgender health
  • HIV care and PrEP
  • Cancer
  • Mental health

Trans Buddy Program

Vanderbilt's Trans Buddy program is the first of its kind in the U.S. Trans Buddy advocates help our LGBTQ patients navigate their medical care and improve their overall patient experience. The Trans Buddy program does not provide or influence medical services, financial assistance or other support services outside Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Trans Buddy advocates can help with:

  • Scheduling primary care or clinic appointments
  • Accessing emergency or acute care on an on-call basis 
  • Accessing gender-transition-related care, including cross-gender hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgical procedures.

To request a Trans Buddy advocate, call: (615) 875-BUDD (2833)

LGBTQ-competent Providers

We can help you locate LGBTQ-competent providers within Vanderbilt University Medical Center and our affiliated clinics. Call (615) 936-3879 to reach one of our team members.

LGBTQ Health: Related Programs and Services