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The Center for Transgender Health

The mission of the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health is to reduce health care disparities and improve the overall health of the transgender community through world-class clinical care, medical education and research. Embracing diversity and inclusion, the Center for Transgender Health provides affirming, objective, person-centered care to improve health and enhance wellness; educates interdisciplinary health care professionals to provide culturally competent, evidence-based care; informs the public on transgender health issues; and advances medical knowledge by conducting biomedical research.

Our team is committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care that’s in line with the standards of care set by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health aims to provide comprehensive, affirming healthcare based in the most innovative researched techniques.

Our Services


The Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health aims to provide comprehensive, affirming health care based in the most innovative, researched techniques.
transgender women in conversation

Patient Information


See our transgender resources, how to contact us and more.

Center Leadership

Photo of Dr. Paula M. Neira, J.D., M.S.N.

Neira, Paula M., J.D., M.S.N.

Instructor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Clinical Program Director, John Hopkins Center for Transgender Health
 
Photo of Dr. Devin O'Brien-Coon, M.D., M.S.E.

O'Brien-Coon, Devin, M.D., M.S.E.

Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health
 
 

More Than Medicine | Paula Neira

Paula Neira, clinical program director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health, is a nurse, lawyer and former naval officer. Paula is a passionate advocate in the mission to help care providers better meet the health care needs of today’s transgender patients.

News and Features

Gender Affirmation: Do I Need Surgery?

Experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health share insights into the many choices available to patients who wish to use nonsurgical options to express their gender identity.

Preparing for Gender Affirmation Surgery: Ask the Experts

Two of our experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health address questions about what to expect before and after your surgery

Caring for Transgender Patients

Learn more about Paula Neira’s work to bring transgender health care issues to light in this article from Dome.

To Treat Transgender People, Open Your Hearts and Minds

Read more insight from Paula Neira, clinical program director of the John Hopkins Center for Transgender Health.

Embracing the Rainbow

At Johns Hopkins and across the nation, initiatives are underway to help physicians better meet the health care needs of today’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients