Program for LGBTQ Health

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program for LGBTQ Health is an innovative effort to improve healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer patients. We help patients navigate Vanderbilt’s healthcare services, connecting them with LGBTQ-competent providers and resources.

LGBTQ patients may face a greater chance of inadequate healthcare, certain medical problems and chronic diseases and higher rates of mental health conditions, such as depression, than the general population. As patient navigators, our focus is to address these healthcare disparities.

We work in hand-in-hand with the Clinic for Transgender Health, which provides gender-affirming hormone therapy and surgical intervention for transgender patients.

Trans Buddy Program

Vanderbilt's Trans Buddy Program helps our LGBTQ patients navigate their medical care and improve their overall patient experience. 

To learn more, visit: Trans Buddy program

To request a buddy for an immediate or future appointment, call:

Meet Your Care Team

Salam H. Alkassis
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4.8

Salam H. AlkassisMD

    Acute and Reconstructive Burn Surgery, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Gender Affirmation Surgery, Migraine and Occipital Neuralgia Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Timothy M. Geiger
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4.8

Timothy M. GeigerMD, MMHC

    Colon and Rectal Cancer Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Surgical Oncology
Jennifer Najjar Leeper
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4.9

Jennifer Najjar LeeperMD

    Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes Mellitus: Type 1, Type 2, MODY, CF-Related, Neonatal, General LGBT Health, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Health, Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology, Pediatric Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Pubertal Disorders: Precocious and Delayed
Tonna L. McCutcheon
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5

Tonna L. McCutcheonAPRN, MSN, BSN, DNP

    Colon and Rectal Surgery, General Surgery
Anna K. Person
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4.9

Anna K. PersonMD

    General Infectious Diseases, HIV Prevention, Including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease, Infectious Diseases, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Health, Transgender Health
John C. Pope
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4.7

John C. PopeIV, MD

    Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery, Kidney Stones, Neurogenic Bladder, Pediatric Urology, Urinary Incontinence, Urology

Why Choose Program for LGBTQ Health at Vanderbilt

  • Training and accreditation

    Our unique training program creates a network of doctors across the medical center prepared to care for LGBTQ patients.

  • Innovation

    Our groundbreaking Trans Buddy program provides patients with volunteer patient advocates who provide emotional support during any kind of healthcare visit at Vanderbilt.

  • Personalized care

    We tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs for cultural competency, affirmation of who you are and understanding you and your family. We help you navigate your treatment options to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

  • Recognized care

    Vanderbilt is a national leader in LGBTQ patient care, including cultural competency training, research and education. We earned a 100% rating from the Healthcare Equality Index.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Intersex health services
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    Mental health services
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    Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
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    Sexual and reproductive health services
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    Transgender health services

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