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Hahnemann University Hospital Launches Transgender Fellowship Training Program

The newly created medical education program is only one of two in the United States aimed at developing highly skilled transgender surgeons.

Continuing its commitment to provide the transgender community with high-quality healthcare, Hahnemann University Hospital has launched a Transgender Fellowship Training Program focused on the medical and surgical management of transgender patients. The program is unique in that it is only one of two in the United States, and is the only fellowship training offered at an academic medical center in Philadelphia.

Under the direction of Kathy L. Rumer, DO, FACOS, Hahnemann University Hospital’s Transgender Surgery Program director, the one-year fellowship provides qualified candidates with extensive education and training to become highly skilled transgender surgeons. Fellows will be trained on the practice and principles of transgender surgery and will be involved in all major reconstructive cases, including pre- and post-operative care management of patients.

“Since beginning at Hahnemann last year, our goal has been to develop a world-class, comprehensive training program focused on training surgeons to become experts in the field of transgender surgery. These are complex procedures, so we want to ensure patients have access to compassionate, capable surgeons who can help make their transitions successful,” Dr. Rumer explained.

In November 2016, Hahnemann launched a Transgender Surgical Program — a first for an academic medical center in the Philadelphia region and one of only a handful of programs in the country. The surgical program offers a wide-variety of surgical options, including female-to-male and male-to-female gender affirming surgeries, as well as breast, chest and body contouring, and other related procedures. 

Since beginning at Hahnemann last year, Dr. Rumer has completed more than 420 transgender surgeries. This figure includes gender reassignment surgeries, female-to-male chest masculinization procedures, and a number of other gender affirmation surgeries.

“Hahnemann University Hospital prides itself on being a pioneer in medical research and advancement. Creating a Transgender Fellowship Training Program is the next chapter in continuing a legacy of excellence,” said Michael P. Halter, FACHE, Hahnemann University Hospital CEO.

To enroll in the fellowship, qualified candidates are required to complete an ACGME-approved urological surgery or plastic surgery residency.

For more information about the Transgender Fellowship Training Program, please call Hahnemann University Hospital's fellowship coordinator at 215-762-7171.
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