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, genderqueer and non-binary health and wellness. Contact us at 213-740-9355 (WELL) or through the MySHR patient portal to make an appointment with a provider to discuss how we may support your needs.
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.
Your transgender care team at USC Student Health has specialized training and experience in transgender-related health care inquiries, hormone treatment, counseling, consultations, and referrals:
Patty Pinanong, M.D., Pronouns: she, her, hers
Specialist, transgender care
Debbie Hansen, RN, Pronouns: she, her, hers
Care coordination lead, (direct: 213-740-2180)
Counseling and Mental Health Team
(including providing letters of support for transgender surgery)
All CMH clinicians strive to provide trans-affirming care. Our clinicians with special interest in serving trans and non-binary students are listed below. Students seeking a letter of support for gender-affirming surgery should contact Charlie Padow, LCSW.
Mary Weber, LMFT, Pronouns: she, her, hers
Co-facilitator, Gender Spectrum Support Group
Sarah Schreiber, LCSW, Pronouns: she, her, hers
Charlie Padow, LCSW, Pronouns: he, him, his
Hormone Therapy: If you are interested in hormone therapy, please make an appointment to see Dr. Patty Pinanong, your transgender care medical provider.
Surgery: When you meet with your transgender care provider, you can discuss your concerns about surgery and the process involved. See slides below.
Student Health Insurance Plan Benefits: Transgender surgery and hormones are covered benefits of the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) provided through Aetna. For questions and concerns about your health insurance plan and benefits, please schedule a private benefits counseling appointment with Debbie Hansen, care coordination lead for transgender medical care, at (213) 740-2180.
For patients with non-SHIP insurance, please contact your member services (located on the back of your insurance card) to determine coverage for benefits.
Additional Campus Resources
LGBT Resource Center, USC Student Affairs
Provides information on transgender resources, including gender and/or name changes, housing concerns, insurance information and programming and support. Offices are located in Student Union 202.
Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services, USC Student Health
Provides services for any survivor of gender-based harm, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Counselors in this office, as licensed mental health providers in Counseling and Mental Health Services (part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Keck Medicine of USC) are confidential resources. Services are available in the Engemann Student Health Center (University Park Campus) and the Eric Cohen Student Health Center (Health Sciences Campus).
Note: You are welcome to use any restroom that you would like to in the student health centers.