How a Pediatric Endocrinologist Helps Transgender Teens

Boston's Children's Hospital Pediatric Endocrinologist & Co-Founder of the Gender Management Service clinic Norman Spack

Boston’s Children’s Hospital Pediatric Endocrinologist & Co-Founder of the Gender Management Service clinic Norman Spack

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren’t comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need.

Why you should watch this video:

Norman Spack is a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston’s Children Hospital and the co-founder of the hospital’s Gender Management Service clinic. Created in 2007, the clinic remains one of the few in the world that treats minors with hormone replacement therapy.

Spack began working with college-aged transgender patients professionally in 1985, but found that once patients had reached adulthood, it was extremely difficult to treat their sexually mature bodies using hormone therapy. When parents of transgender children began seeking him out through online support groups, Spack started to think about possible treatments for patients in their youth, before puberty has permanently changed their bodies. Since then Spack has spoken widely on pediatric hormone therapy and has campaigned for law reform in several states to protect transgender people against hate crimes and discrimination.

TED Talk, Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be

View Norman Spack’s bio.

2 thoughts on “How a Pediatric Endocrinologist Helps Transgender Teens

  1. I must admit I started watching this with my own personal feelings about the whole issue. I’ve come away with a bit of a different attitude. I believe in being inclusive, that’s important. The part I still don’t quite understand is the science. I think it’s a much a spiritual issue as it is a physical issue. I’m curious about what kind of counseling the children get before making this kind of decision.

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