Medical and Support Services
Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery (CTMS) offers medical and support services to meet the health and wellness needs of the transgender community. Medical and support services available at CTMS include psychiatry, primary care, transgender youth care, voice care, electrolysis, and social work.
We offer a wide range of therapeutic services including individual counseling, support groups, psychiatric evaluations, ongoing medication management, pre-surgical evaluations, pre-and post-surgical psychotherapeutic support, and education for individuals and their families.
Following a comprehensive initial assessment interview, a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, are available to provide appropriate services. If our services do not meet your specific needs, we will work with you to find appropriate referrals.
CTMS offers primary care for transgender individuals through a multidisciplinary, team-based approach. Our primary care providers are highly experienced in working with transgender patients and are committed to delivering care in a safe environment that maintains the respect and dignity of all patients. Our providers will address your primary care needs at every point of your transition to ensure you achieve a holistically health body, mind, and spirit.
Comprehensive Services for Transgender Youth
We believe that transgender, gender questioning, gender non-conforming, and gender variant youth are entitled to medical and mental health care that is compassionate and sensitive to their specific needs. Our Transgender Health Program at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center is individually tailored to fit young people and their families. All care is comprehensive, patient centered and free of obstacles. All patients between the ages of 10 and 24 are welcome regardless of income or immigration status.
Transgender care at the Center includes puberty blocking prescriptions, feminizing and masculinizing hormone treatments prescriptions, preparation for future surgical interventions and referrals for surgical procedures at the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, and lab and clinical monitoring, as well as primary care services from providers who understand the special issues of transgender teenagers and young adults. Mental health services are an essential component of comprehensive care. Our mental healthcare offers evaluations for gender dysphoria, short and long term individual counseling, family therapy, support groups for youth and parents, and case management.
Transgender Voice Care
We believe people should be encouraged and assisted in learning to express their outward appearance and style of communication in a manner that is consistent with their desires and internal beliefs. This may not follow stereotypical norms but should make the patient feel at ease with their identity. Our goal is to help our patients find this voice through behavioral retraining of speaking patterns and pitch as well as through surgical intervention when needed.
Research supports that speaking patterns, the way we phrase questions and make statements, is as important at perceiving a patient’s sexual identity as the overall pitch or tone of their voice. For this reason, we evaluate our patients through a team approach. The team includes a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and a physician/surgeon (ENT). Together the team assesses the patient’s vocal health and style of communication. The SLP primarily assesses the patient’s ability to modify their voice style and pitch through behavioral changes into a style that is more congruent with the patient’s desire, while the ENT assesses the potential role of surgery in helping the patient maintain the desired style. Many patients can develop speaking patterns congruent with their sexual identity through behavioral changes alone. However, sometimes these changes are not enough and/or are too difficult to maintain. In this instance, surgical intervention can be helpful.
Hair removal is an important part of preparation for both vaginoplasty and phalloplasty procedures. CTMS is able to offer our patients the opportunity to work with electrologists who have years of experience working with transgender people to help prepare for surgery to make sure all necessary hair is cleared, reducing the likelihood of complications after surgery.
Social workers at CTMS are available to make sure that everyone who walks in our doors feels comfortable and supported. From housing issues to coming out to family, our team is here to help everyone on their own transition path.
Learn more about our services and multidisciplinary approach to care, meet our team, and request an appointment
The Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership is providing free legal services to patients at the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. Among other things, attorneys are working on gender marker and name changes for free for the Center's patients, in addition to providing training to the Center's staff to help identify legal issues. The hope is that providing patients with legal support can help ameliorate adverse social conditions that impact their health and well-being. For legal services, please contact Ida Hammer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-604-1775.
Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery
Institute for Advanced Medicine
275 Seventh Avenue
New York, New York 10011
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Multidisciplinary team covering primary care, surgery, transition care, and behavioral health.