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Akron Children’s Hospital establishes Center for Gender Affirming Medicine

Dr. Crystal Cole

07-29-2019 (Akron, Ohio)

Akron Children’s Hospital is now seeing patients in its new Center for Gender Affirming Medicine.

Part of the hospital’s Adolescent Medicine department, the center will offer care and a variety of services to transgender patients and LGBTQ+ youth. Patients will see a multidisciplinary team that includes gender-affirming medical providers as well as a social worker, nurse coordinator, mental health therapist and endocrinologist. The center will see patients age 7 and older.

Serving as the center’s medical director is Dr. Crystal Cole. She said the center will give Akron area adolescents and teens a closer alternative for care.

“We’ve always treated youths who identify as transgender,” Dr. Cole said. “By offering the care and support these patients need in a location close to home, we’re helping them to have a better quality of life.”

Dr. Cole said transgender youths are at higher risk of suicide and homelessness. Providing transgender patients with a supportive environment and medical care tailored to their needs is one way to help these youths during a crucial time in their physical and mental health development, she added.

Among the services provided will be the following:

  • Pubertal suppression
  • Gender-affirming hormones
  • Mental health care coordination
  • Well checks/preventative visits
  • Education
  • Supportive care for LGBTQ+ youth and their families

Appointments are offered in Adolescent Medicine, located in the Considine Professional Building, 215 W. Bowery St. For an appointment, call 330-543-8538.