Dr. Schechter will serve as a Scientific Advisor for the museum’s upcoming gender transition exhibit. He will advise the medio-surgical content for the exhibit. Dr. Schechter was selected for this role because of his experience with gender confirmation surgery.
He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and went on to complete his residency and a fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He is the Director of the Center of Gender Confirmation Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital and he serves on the board of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Read more about Dr. Schechter and his accomplishments.
The International Museum of Surgical Science was founded by Dr. Max Thorek in 1954 and today is operated by The International College of Surgeons. It is dedicated to the remembrance and preservation of various medical techniques.
According to recent data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, gender confirmation surgeries are up almost 20% from 2015 to 2016, with more than 2,300 gender confirmation surgeries being performed in 2016. Until recently, these procedures were not easily available to prospective patients. The increase in popularity of transgender procedures has allowed for easier access, more coverage, and more acceptance of the surgeries overall. These procedures, often completed by Dr. Loren Schechter, have played an important part in the recent growth and popularity of gender transition surgeries.
For more information on the surge in gender confirmation surgeries, check out the articles below:
Dr. Schechter was also recently featured in a Washington Post video. The video follows Gearah Goldstein, one of Dr. Schechter’s patients. Gearah is an advocate for transgender youth, demonstrating that it is not how the public perceives a person, but rather how they perceive themselves. With the help of Dr. Schechter, Goldstein fulfilled her lifelong dream and now lives the life of the person she was meant to be. Watch the full video at the link below:
Cosmetic procedures for transgender people up 20 percent in one year (The Washington Post)
Loren S. Schechter, M.D. Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Loren Schechter was recently featured on the television news programs Nightline and 60 Minutes Australia for his work with a mother and son both transitioning to father and daughter. At age fifteen, Corey Maison is in the process of transitioning from a boy to a girl, inspiring her mother to come out as transgender as well, beginning her transition from Erica to Eric. The Maisons are considered the first household to have multiple members transitioning, with Dr. Schechter performing the landmark double mastectomy for Eric’s transition.
In the Nightline piece, Dr. Schechter explains the unique nature of Corey and Eric’s situation, while highlighting the importance of the overwhelming support they received from the rest of their family. The 60 Minute piece describes Dr. Schechter as a pioneer in gender reassignment surgery. Dr. Schechter comments on the value of these procedures for his patients in allowing them to feel more comfortable with their own bodies.
Watch the pieces here:
*Part 2 features Dr. Schechter
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 22nd. Learn 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.
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 WPATH.org to reserve your spot now.
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: