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LGBTQ care

We all have unique healthcare needs. Truman Medical Centers/University Health is committed to meeting those needs. We provide comprehensive and sensitive care to all people, and we're proud proud to serve the needs of the LGBTQ community in a welcoming and affirming setting.

LGBTQ-friendly doctors

We strive to provide a compassionate, welcoming environment where you can get the support and care you need. Providers from five disciplines collaborate to provide top-quality, gender-affirming care to our LGBTQ patients.

Our team comprises:

  • A primary care physician to coordinate regular medical care and provide continuity and integration of healthcare services, while pro-actively focusing on health promotion, disease prevention, and the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness.
  • An endocrinologist to provide excellence and expertise in evidence-based hormone therapy as well as diabetes or thyroid issues.
  • A psychologist to support emotional growth and behavioral health, helping to guide thoughtful decision-making.
  • A pharmacist to help navigate medication formularies and assist enrollment into programs for medication assistance, including PreP navigation.
  • A nurse to assist with teaching, medication refills and referrals to community resources, acting as an LGBTQ/Transgender health navigator.

Whatever your healthcare needs, we are here for you and your family. From preventive care to chronic disease or sexual health monitoring and STD/HIV testing, our team is equipped to help. Our compassionate team comes from a variety of disciplines, but all are attuned to unique LGBTQ health issues.

Located in the heart of Kansas City's Health Sciences District, TMC is an academic medical center, which means our providers are educators, training the next generation of providers. Because we are a teaching hospital, you'll have access to the latest medical breakthroughs and clinical trials.

LGBTQ patient advocacy and navigation

In the LGBTQ Specialty Clinic, we can help initiate referrals to any additional services you or your family may need. While we as a team make clinical decisions based on individual patient needs, we understand and respect that other specialists may sometimes require additional documentation and criteria. We are able to assist with World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) recommendations for surgical intervention and can assist with referral letters. Additionally, we can help put you in touch with other community resources you may need.

LGBTQ patient advocacy

Truman Medical Center is proud to have received Leadership status designation two years in a row from the Human Rights Campaign's Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). The Human Rights Campaign is a national LGBTQ civil rights advocacy organization, and the HEI evaluates healthcare facilities based on policies and practices regarding LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. Being designated as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality is the highest ranking available.

We are also pleased to offer an LGBTQ Patient Advocacy Program. This service focuses on the needs of the transgender community. However, we help all LGBTQ people and their families navigate healthcare. Additionally, Truman Medical Centers utilize a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) as well as Community Advisory Board (CAB) to ensure that all the needs, concerns and comments of our diverse patient community are heard. Each of our specialty clinic medical professionals is dedicated to training and mentorship and dedicates many hours every year to providing consultation, supervision, workshops, lectures, formal teaching at local universities and community engagement on behalf of LGBTQ advocacy and social justice. To reach the LGBTQ Advocacy Program, please call 816.404.8128.

No matter your needs, we are here to help. Contact Kim Tilson (she/her/hers), BSN, RN, a nurse with the LGBTQ Specialty Clinic and in endocrinology. You can reach her at 816.404.4086 or email us at lgbtqspecialtyclinic@tmcmed.org.