You'll find comprehensive gender-affirming care at Rush. We offer a full range of clinical and support services for every part of your journey.
A Leader in Health Care Equity
Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Copley Medical Center are all designated Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), an annual survey of equity and inclusion for LGBTQ+ patients, families and employees at health care facilities in the United States.
The Rush Approach to Gender-Affirming Care
At Rush, we recognize that gender isn't restricted to binary roles of male and female — and we know that aligning your identity and your anatomy is important to your health.
If you think medical procedures might be right for you as part of that alignment, our dedicated patient navigators help connect you with Rush providers and coordinate your care so you have a seamless experience.
Our specialists work closely with you to identify your needs and goals. And the whole team collaborates to make sure you get the services that are right for you, whether that means surgery, hormone therapy, voice therapy or other options.
Rush Excellence in Gender-Affirming Care
- Cultural commitment: At Rush, excellence is for everyone. We maintain a culture of respect, inclusion and equal treatment for patients, visitors, students and employees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning and other sexual identities.
- Dedicated team for seamless care: Affirm: The Rush Center for Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health is Rush's hub that connects people who identify as LGBTQ+ to providers and services offering affirming, competent care. Affirm works across the Rush System to coordinate care and bridge gaps so you can receive a wide range of gender-affirming care from one collaborative team. And Affirm's licensed clinical social worker and patient navigators can help you navigate resources within Rush and the broader community.
- Setting international standards: Rush plastic surgeon Loren Schechter, MD, serves on the board of directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the international organization that publishes the Standards of Care guide for providers serving transgender and gender-diverse people.