2016

How Doctors Are Working to Make Puberty Less Distressing for Trans Kids

How Doctors Are Working to Make Puberty Less Distressing for Trans Kids

Tai Jordan is one of approximately 700,000 people in the U.S. who identify as transgender. Thanks to greater awareness and acceptance, transitioning is now an option at an increasingly younger age. Jordan connected with Dr. David Breland, a physician of pediatric and adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and director of its new Gender Clinic. Soon after meeting with Breland, Jordan began testosterone therapy to develop certain characteristics associated with a man. Breland specializes in working with transgender teens, and he has seen at least 200 young patients like Jordan. Seattle Children’s Hospital is the fifth to open a clinic dedicated to the complex needs of this young patient population. Breland and his colleagues will see children and adolescents ages 8 to 21, offering a high level of care that include specialists in endocrinology and behavioral medicine.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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