Newswise — (NEW YORK-February 4, 2019) – Mount Sinai Health System will host its second annual live surgery training to educate health care professionals about gender affirmation procedures. The comprehensive three-day conference will occur from Thursday, February 28, to Saturday, March 2, at Stern Auditorium on The Mount Sinai Hospital campus. The groundbreaking conference is presented by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and their partners, the American Society of Gender Surgeons.

Five live surgeries will be featured, including metoidioplasty (female-to-male surgery), laryngeal surgeries for voice feminization, vaginoplasty, facial feminization, and chest surgery. The global education initiative conference will incorporate moderated video sessions, expert panel discussions, and didactic sessions analyzing hormone therapy, fertility preservation and hysterectomy, transfeminine procedures, transmasculine procedures, and sexual functioning after gender-affirming surgery. Thursday’s session is the didactic portion of the conference and is available as a one-day offering to health care providers.

More than 200 world-renowned surgeons, surgical residents, surgical fellows, and peri- and postoperative providers who specialize in urology, plastic surgery, and gynecology are expected to attend. The conference provides the opportunity for health care professionals from fields ranging from behavioral health to endocrinology to collaborate on improving the quality of care offered to transgender patients.

The conference’s co-directors include esteemed gender surgeons Jess Ting, MD, Director of Surgery at Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery (CTMS), and Loren S. Schechter, MD, Medical Director, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

WPATH and the American Society of Gender Surgeons instituted the conference to address large disparities in access to health care for transgender patients.

“The need for high-quality transgender medical and surgical services remains massively unmet. Our mission at Mount Sinai is to not only care for patients, but also to improve the knowledge and skills of the medical community,” says Joshua D. Safer, MD, Executive Director of CTMS. “This is the second year of our unique live transgender surgery conference. The conference represents the highest level of interaction among so many surgeons learning, sharing, and improving quality in the field.”

Transgender affirmation surgeries increased 155 percent from 2016 to 2017, and Mount Sinai has been at the forefront of transgender patient care. Since debuting in 2016, surgeons at CTMS have performed more than 800 transgender affirmation surgeries.

The program is funded in part by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute.

For more information about the training and to register, please visit here.

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The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.

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