Transmale Genital Surgery Cadaver Course, October 2016

Register for a Transmale Genital Surgery Course

This October, Dr. Loren Schechter, MD, FACS and Dr. Ervin Kocjancic, MD, are the course directors of a world-class Transmale Genital Surgery Course. It is taking place from Thursday, October 20th to Saturday, October 22ndLearn more details on the course here.

This post graduate course features a day of lectures and a day of hands-on cadaver discussions. Certified by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the Global Education Initiative (GEI), this course is intended to increase access and compassionate, expert care for transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people.

You can register for the two-day course at the WPATH website.

What Does the Course Entail & Who Should Register?

This two-day didactic and hands-on transmale genital surgery course will provide a wealth of knowledge for all attendees. From a discussion of the options for transmale genital surgery like metoidioplasty and phalloplasty to a demonstration of surgical techniques to explanations of how to manage and treat complications, this course covers it all.

If you’re a plastic surgeon, urologist, gynecologist, or health professional who works in reconstructive genital surgery, this course is for you.

For more information, view this brochure.

Sign Up Now—Limited Space For This Didactic & Hands-On Cadaver Course

You can choose to register for the full two-day course (October 20th-October 22nd), which includes a welcome reception, a day of lectures, a hands-on cadaver course, and a closing dinner. However, you can also register only for the didactic course on Friday, October 21st.

If you’re a WPATH member, you receive a member’s discount. See below for pricing:

Full two-day course member’s price: $2,495.

Full two-day course non-member’s price: $2,995.

Didactic course member’s price: $495.

Didactic course non-member’s price: $695.

Again, there is limited space available for this course led by leaders in the transmale genital surgery world. Register now at to reserve your spot now.

Again, for more details, please explore this brochure.




Dr. Loren Schechter Moderates the Inaugural Gender Confirmation Surgery Panel Held at the Nation’s Premiere Plastic Surgery Event

On October 19, 2015, Dr. Loren Schechter moderated the first ever panel about gender confirmation surgery held at Plastic Surgery the Meeting, the nation’s premiere plastic surgery event for doctors. He also lectured on the mechanics of gender confirmation surgery. Read the Boston Magazine article featuring Dr. Schechter below to learn more:

Dr. Loren Schechter Moderates the Inaugural Gender Confirmation Surgery Panel Held at Plastic Surgery the Meeting

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The Transgender Effect-Changing Business, Policy and Perception

Former Olympian Bruce Jenner, who holds two gold medals, may give the Transgender community one of its biggest wins yet. In his interview Friday with Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) ABC Anchor Diane Sawyer, he is expected to break his silence about transitioning to a female.

Jenner isn’t the only one bringing fresh attention to the transgender community, many Fortune 500 companies including Apple (NASDAQ:Apple), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), and Target (NYSE:TGT) are among the 55% that offer at least one transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage plan, as ranked by Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI) survey.

Goldman began offering these benefits in 2008, according to the firm. Since then more corporations are following suit says HRC. 418 of the nation’s top businesses and law firms offer transgender-inclusive health care coverage, up from just 49 in 2009. In 2002, no Fortune 500 companies had transgender-inclusive health care coverage in their plans.

Politics Is Playing a Role

Last year, the Obama Administration ended a 33-year ban on Medicare coverage for gender reassignment surgeries. “Many large companies and university programs have now incorporated benefits for transgenders in their coverage,” says Loren Schechter M.D., a Chicago based surgeon, who performed the first sex reassignment under Medicare last year.

This has prompted insurance companies to roll out more options. Insurer Aetna currently covers gender reassignment surgery in 33 plans offered to federal employees through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The company tells “We are also expanding coverage of gender reassignment surgery in many of our fully insured commercial plans outside of the FEHBP starting this year.”

“We are keenly aware of the value of diversity, and how an inclusive environment strengthens our business and creates new opportunities for us in the marketplace,” said Mark Bertolini, Aetna Chairman and CEO, in a statement to The company also noted it is one of the few that started offering coverage for gender reassignment in 2009.

Hollywood Taps Transgender Community

Not only is change in the air, it’s on the air. Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) “Transparent,” recently scored the company its first-ever Golden Globe. While Netflix’s (NASDAQ:NFLX) “Orange is the New Black” and Fox’s “Glee,” have also received critical acclaim. Fox is a unit of 21th Century Fox the parent company of

“The public now has a better understanding of transgender individuals then they did before, said Paul Weiss, M.D., a Manhattan based plastic surgeon that has been specializing in transgender surgeries for over 20 years.

Weiss says it makes a big difference when more and more insurance companies start adding the procedures to their health plans.

Part two of our Interview: From He to She: Inside one Former Marine’s Journey: Meet Kendall Nichole Balentine whose gender change will usher in a new life and ALL that goes with it.