Transgender Health

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USC Student Health is committed to providing comprehensive, integrated care for transgender students  at USC. We understand that gender is a complex mix of cultural, biological and psychological factors. We use an integrative health model that can assist students with information and support related to transgender, gender queer and non-binary health and wellness.

Medical Services

Each transgender person has a different story and may be at a different stage in their transition; with different needs and expectations. For that reason we recommend that all transgender patients make an appointment with a primary care clinician with experience in transgender care so that we can get to know you, review your medical history, and work with you to get you the assistance needed. You may schedule an appointment online at or call (213) 740-WELL(9355).

Your Medical Trans Team at USC Student Health has a special interest and training in transgender-related health care inquiries, hormone treatment and referrals:

        • Dr. Patty Pinanong, Pronouns: she, her, hers
        • Dr. Lisa Richardson, Pronouns: she, her, hers

Make An Appointment.

Hormone Therapy

If you are interested in hormone therapy, please make an appointment with one of the physicians above.

Questions About Surgery

When you meet with a member of the Medical Trans Team, you can discuss your concerns about surgery and the process involved. Please refer to this Transgender Surgery Process chart for details.

Aetna Student Insurance Benefits*

For questions and concerns about your health insurance plan and benefits, please schedule a private benefits counseling appointment with Debbie Hansen at (213) 740-2180. Please see these Aetna forms here for more information.

Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) Checklist for Students Precertification Requirements
Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) Checklist for Precertification Process

*For other plans, please contact member services located on the back of your insurance card.

On-Campus Resources

LGBT Resource Center
Transgender resources, including gender and/or name changes, housing concerns, insurance information and programming and support can be located at STU 202.

Gender Spectrum Support Group – Join us!

Counseling and Mental Health Services connects students with crisis, individual group or medication support they may need. To learn more, please call (213) 740-7711.

Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services
Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services provides immediate crisis and counseling services for individuals who have experience gender-based harm or are exploring their gender identity. Please call (213) 740-4900 to schedule an appointment.

You are welcome to use any restroom that you’d like within the student health center.


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