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Symposium Registration Is Free of Charge.
CME's and CEU's provided.

5th annual transgender medical symposium

MAY 12-13, 2015 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Event Description
To provide state-of-the-art medical information to medical, mental health,and licensed allied health professionals in addressing culturally sensitive care and treatment for the transgender community.
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JoAnne Keately M.S.W.

JoAnne Keatley, M.S.W. Key Note Speaker
Director Ctr. of Excellence for Transgender Health, UCSF

Sherman N. Leis, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.

Sherman N. Leis,
D.O., F.A.C.O.S
Director, Philadelphia Ctr.
for Transgender Surgery

Dr. Marilyn Volker, ED.D

Dr. Marilyn Volker, ED.D
Sexologist /
Gender Specialist

Dr. Lauren Abern, M.D.

Dr. Lauren Abern, M.D.
Transgender Health Care
University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine

Dr. Anita Radix, M.D.

Dr. Asa Radix, M.D.
Director of Research
and Education
Callen Lorde Health Center

Dr. Bethel 
Steindel-Kopp, M.D.

Dr. Bethel
Steindel-Kopp, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology

Dr. Sarah Hart-Unger, M.D.

Dr. Sarah Hart-Unger, M.D.
JDCH Children's
Hospital Center

Steven Santiago, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Steven Santiago, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Christopher 
Salgado, M.D.

Dr. Christopher
Salgado, M.D.
Transgender Surgical Procedures
University of Miami

James Lopresti, PhD, LMHC

James Lopresti,
Director of Education
and Senior Clinical Supervisor at SunServe

Deborah Grayson, PhD, LMHC

Deborah Grayson,
Clinical Psychotherapist & AASECT Certified
Sex Therapist

Kris Drumm, LCSW ACHT

Kris Drumm, LCSW ACHT
A Healing Space,
Wilton Manors

Arianna Lint

Arianna Lint,
Director of Transgender Services at SunServe

Nathan Levine, RN, BSN, MA

Nathan Levitt,
Trans Men's Health

Dr. Oliver L. Blumer, DC

Dr. Oliver L. Blumer, DC
Health Care Professional

Layne Yassen, PA, Trans Psychiatry

Layne Yassen, PA,
Trans Psychiatry

Layne Yassen, PA, Trans Psychiatry

Andre Wilson
MS, Environmental
& Behavior Research

Dr. Sheryl Zayas, D.O., Care Resource

Dr Sheryl Zayas, D.O.
Care Resource

Layne Yassen, PA, Trans Psychiatry

Dr. Olga Lugo Torres, MD
Associate Director
of Medical Sciences,
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Layne Yassen, PA, Trans Psychiatry

Carmen Gasli,
Clinical Educator,
Gilead Sciences, Inc.


7:30 AM Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:45 AM Welcome

9:15 AM Key Notes

Dr. Oliver L. Blumer, DC,
Plenary Speaker

10:30 - 11:45 AM   Rebooting T-101 & Beyond

Learning from Past... Rebooting for Future... Volker & Yassen educate, challenge, invite participants to move forward in helping patients with support in 2015 transitioning with information & compassion.

Dr. Marilyn K. Volker, Ed.D.
Sexologist/Gender Specialist

Layne Yassen, PA

Transgender Psychiatry

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM  Health Needs in the Transgender Male Community

Transgender people face many barriers within healthcare, including discrimination, ignorance and fear. The lack of informed care, sensitive language, research, and education prevents access to competent care. This presentation will explore ways to improve transgender health in schools, hospitals, health centers, and social service organizations. There are specific health needs in the transgender male community regarding surgery, hormones, sexual health, screenings, and OB/GYN care. We will cover how to become more sensitive and informed providers and interventions for the many barriers to care the transgender community face.

Nathan Levitt, RN, BSN, MA,
Training Consultant at Callen-Lorde Community
Health Center, NY

1:00 - 2:15 PM   Lunch

2:15 - 3: 30 PM   Eliminating Transgender Exclusions: Tools for Effective Advocacy Navigating

This session provides an overview of advocacy for trans-inclusive health coverage, including best practices and lessons learned through adversity.

Andre Wilson, MS

2:15 - 3: 30 PM  

Sex Reassignment and Other Surgeries

Dr. Christopher Salgado,
University of Miami

3:30 - 4:45 PM  

Transgender Health: What to Expect in A Clinic

Dr. Lauren Abern, MD,
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

    HIV & STI's
10:30 - 11:45 AM   Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Who and How

This workshop acquaints you with PrEP and its relation to use for the transgender.

Dr. Steven Santiago,
Board Certified Family Physician - Care Resource

10:30 AM -1:00 PM  

Building A Working Alliance with Transgender Clients

In this seminar we will focus on the role of the mental health professional in assisting clients who experience distress about gender identity and expression. We will examine the clinical assumptions about gender dysphoria in DSM V. And we will critically reflect on the major standards of care documents for working with clients who are seeking some form of "transitioning" as that is understood by those who seek counseling.

James Lopresti PhD, LMHC

02:15 - 4:30 PM   Caring for Gender Non-Conforming and Transgender Youth

Participants will gain greater knowledge of the needs of this special population and will become aware of the challenges faced by counselors and other professionals in helping younger clients progress through the stages of transgender identity development. In a world of fast changing values, gender paradigms are no exception. The presenters will describe how the young generation is experiencing and coping with "Gender Dysphoria."

Deborah Grayson, PhD, LMHC, Kris Drumm, LCSW, & Panel from SunServe Gender Bender Youth Group

5:30 - 7:30 PM   Happy Hour Meet and Greet at Carrabbas

Appetizers Provided & Cash Bar - Beverages half price
7:30 AM Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:45 AM Welcome

9:15 AM  


Joanne Keatley, MSW,
Executive Director - Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, UCSF

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM  

Update on Transgender Care

In this workshop information regarding the challenges of adequately educating providers about transgender and its therapy and treatment is covered, as well as dealing with the most basic core of who these patients are. Understanding transgender identification in adolescents and the etiology and epidemiology of gender dysphoria, the treatment of gender identity disorder and its effect on care in the ER.

Sarah Hart-Unger, M.D.,
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital M.D.

Bethel Kopp, M.D.,
Pediatric Endocrinology

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM  

Implementation & Reimbursement: Medical Guidelines, Coding and Beyond

This session will provide an overview of the key issues human resource managers and other advocates will need to address to ensure smooth implementation, including prior authorization and claims processing, limited provider networks, and outdated insurer medical guidelines. Information on documentation, procedure and diagnosis codes so providers can minimize denials and succeed with billing and appeals, and discuss strategies for direct advocacy with insurers.

Andre Wilson, MS

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM  

Hormone Therapy for F2M and M2F

This workshop introduces physicians and medical practioners what to look for when monitoring and prescribing hormones to transgender individuals.

Dr. Sheryl Zayas, D.O.,
Board Certified Family Physician - Care Resource

1:00 - 2:15 PM   Lunch

2:15 PM - 3:25 PM  

Trans Psychiatry: Clinical, Comprehensive, Compassionate Review of the Latest Treatments

In this workshop you will become acquainted with clinical updates on the psychiatric treatment options of transgender clients including those who are pre op, post op, no op, on or off hormones. A detailed review of all psychotropic medications for transgender clients with coexisting psychiatric illnesses and challenges. Compassionate treatment, mental, medical amd spiritual issues and needs.A comprehensive review of the main coexisting psychiatric disorders and diseases transgender client may have ot develop.. The psychiatric treatment differences between trans youth, adults and geriatric clients. Other psychiatric treatment options beyond medications to treat transgender clients.

Layne Yassen, PA

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM  

Issues in Aging for Transgender Patients

This workshop provides understanding barriers to care for older transgender clients. Reviewing evaluation and treatment approaches to ensure delivery of preventative care throughout their life course

Dr Asa Radix, M.D.,
Callen Lorde Community Health Center New York

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM  

Transgender Surgery: An Introduction

This workshop provides an introduction to the various types of gender reassignment surgery and provides familiarity with examples of facial feminization as well as gender chest reconstruction and genital reassignment.

Sherman N. Leis, D.O., F.A.C.O.S,
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Director Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery

    HIV & STI's
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM  

Diagnosis and Linkage to Care

HIV and the Minority community.

Dr. Olga Lugo Torres

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM  

Hep C

During this workshop attendees will learn about U.S. prevalence of Hepatitis C infection, risk factors and disease progression, including treatment goals, and barriers to treatment.

Carmen Gasli, ARNP-MSN,
Clinical Educator Hep C Division with Gilead Sciences

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM  

HIV and the Transgender Community

Joanne Keatley, MSW,
Executive Director - Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, UCSF

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM  

Psycho-Social Care Planning for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients

Our transgender clients frequently bring complex issues to the therapy room. Some of them are the effects of severe stigmatization from even those who are in their closest circle of intimacy, including domestic violence. Others are the effect of overt discrimination from basic service providers, both public and private. Additionally, transgender clients who are new to transitioning, or who have been untutored by caring others, have additional self-care concerns that cis-gendered folks don't even have to think about, including learning new skills for self- expression.

Panel Co-Chairs: James Lopresti, PhD, LMHC, and Arianna Lint with John Chaffin, EdD, John Swan, MS

2:15 - 4:30 PM  

Supporting The Families and Significant Others of Transgender Clients

Research has shown that family acceptance is a strong indicator of successful negotiation of the myriad complexities of growing up so different from the social norms. But family acceptance is an ongoing developmental process for parents, spouses and children of transgender loved ones. In this session members of a support group for families will discuss the process of "transitioning" that they have to navigate parallel to the journey of their loved one.

Panel Chair: James Lopresti, PhD, LMHC, with
Kim Sorondo, MS

Credits will be available.
Credits will be available.
1100 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33316, USA
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