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Pediatrics and transgender people

Pediatrics is a medical specialty focusing on healthcare for infants, children, adolescents, and in some cases, young adults. 

In 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement called Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents (PDF). This document recommends the affirmative model of care.

Transgender pediatricians

Rachel Levine is a transgender pediatrician who became Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation in 2021. She is the first transgender American to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation.


Organizations and individuals who support affirming models of care include:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (67,000 members)
  • Academic Pediatric Association (2,000 members)
  • Federation of Pediatric Organizations
  • Rachel Levine, US Assistant Secretary for Health
  • Johanna Olson-Kennedy
  • Norman Spack
  • Michelle Forcier
  • David Brent
  • Mitchell E. Geffner
  • Diane Blake
  • Mary M. Torchia
  • Jason Rafferty
  • Brittany Allen
  • Ilana Sherer


Organizations and individuals who promote non-affirming models of care include: