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Harlem to Have City's Only Public Clinic Offering Gender-Affirming Surgery

By Dartunorro Clark | November 30, 2016 11:28am
 Metropolitan Hospital will now offer more services to transgender patients and expand hours of its LGBTQ Health Center.
Metropolitan Hospital will now offer more services to transgender patients and expand hours of its LGBTQ Health Center.
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EAST HARLEM — A specialized clinic dedicated to the needs of transgender patients will be opened at East Harlem's Health and Hospitals Corporation and Metropolitan Hospital, the city announced.

The hospital’s LGBT Health Center will now offer gender-affirming surgeries and access to hormone therapy.

The hospital said it will work with transgender patients referred by their primary care physician for breast augmentations and implants, or chest masculinization surgery — also known as “top surgery.”

Health and Hospitals Corporation, which also goes by NYC Health + Hospitals, partnered with Metropolitan Hospital at 1901 First Avenue in 2014 to open a health center for the transgender community.

It is now one of only a few hospitals in the city — and the only one within the city’s public health system — offering gender-affirming surgeries, the hospital announced.

“We are proud to lead the way in providing equitable health care for all of our patients, regardless of their gender identities,” said Alina Moran, the CEO of Metropolitan.

“Transgender and gender-non-conforming people remain extremely vulnerable to experiencing barriers in accessing health care. By expanding our transgender-affirming services, we are renewing our commitment to ensure that all of our patients live their healthiest lives.”

The hospital’s new specialized clinic will also offer hormone therapy.