The Center For Gender Confirmation Surgery At Weiss Introduces Chicago’s 1st Transgender Surgery Fellowship Program

CHICAGO (August 17) — To meet the growing demand for transgender surgery, the Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital recently introduced Chicago’s first surgical fellowship program that focuses on all aspects of transgender care.
The fellowship will examine every step of an individual’s journey – from initial consultation to post-transition care – and fellows will work with a multidisciplinary care team that includes gynecologists, urologists, endocrinologists, psychologists and nursing staff.

“As leaders in gender confirmation surgery, our goal is to respond to the exponential increase in requests for transgender surgery and the lack of available providers,” explains Medical Director and gender confirmation surgery pioneer Loren Schechter, MD, FACS. “Our program not only trains fellows to perform transgender surgery – but it prepares them to create gender-confirmation surgery programs at other locations where they’re needed.”

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported more than 3,200 gender confirmation surgeries in 2016, a nearly 20 percent jump from 2015. And a 2016 analysis by the Williams Institute at University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, said about 1.4 million U.S. adults identify as transgender.

The first of two surgical fellows will begin a one-year fellowship at Weiss beginning Aug. 28. Their training will consist of comprehensive hospital- and office-based educational opportunities that cover the physical and psychological aspects of gender confirmation surgery.

The fellows will perform surgery under the guidance of Dr. Schechter, one of the country’s foremost experts on transgender surgery. A highly sought-after and frequent speaker at transgender surgical conferences, Dr. Schechter introduced the very first trans-male genital surgery course that combined hands-on cadaver training and classroom learning in 2016. Surgeons from around the world attended the groundbreaking course.

“We’ve been at the forefront of advancing education in transgender surgery from the beginning and have hosted surgeons from many different countries,” he added. “Creating a surgical fellowship was the next logical step.”

About the Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery
The Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery at Weiss is one of only a handful of centers in the country that offers a comprehensive approach to gender confirmation surgery. The center offers the full spectrum of trans-masculine and trans-feminine procedures consistent with the guidelines established by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Specific procedures include:

  • Penile Inversion
  • Vaginoplasty
  • Intestinal Vaginoplasty
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Body Contouring
  • Facial Feminization Surgery
  • Metoidioplasty
  • Phalloplasty
  • Chest Surgery/Chest Contouring

A dedicated program coordinator helps patients navigate the process, and after surgery, patients recover on a dedicated post-surgical unit that features private rooms overlooking Lake Michigan.

For more information, call (844) 696-9834 or visit

About Weiss Memorial Hospital
Weiss Memorial Hospital is a Joint Commission-accredited, 236-bed community healthcare facility on Chicago’s North Side overlooking Lake Michigan. With more than 400 doctors—many of whom are academically affiliated—and 43 medical specialties, the hospital meets the needs of its patients through a full range of services. For more information, visit or call (800) 503-1234. Weiss Memorial Hospital is owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a leading health care services company, which through its subsidiaries operates 80 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient centers, six health plans and Conifer Health Solutions, a leader in business process solutions for health care providers nationwide.

For more information, contact:

Rick Cazares
(773) 564-7285
[email protected]