Donald R. Laub, Sr. archive

Donald Rudolph Laub, Sr. (born January 1, 1935) is an American plastic surgeon who was based in California at Stanford University. He is an important figure in improving the health outcomes of trans and gender diverse people.


Laub earned his bachelor’s degree at Marquette University and his medical degree from the Marquette University School of Medicine in 1960. After an internship at Yale School of Medicine, he was appointed to a position at Stanford University.

He then served as chief of Plastic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine from 1968 to 1980, before entering private practice.

During that time he co-founded the Stanford Gender Clinic.

Note: His son Donald R. Laub, Jr. is also a plastic surgeon based in Vermont. He was previously a surgeon at UVM Medical Center and their Cleft Palate Center. He serves as the medical director of the Vermont Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Center for the Vermont Department of Health. He also practices with Four Seasons Dermatology.

Former address

  • Address: 1515 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94306-1000
  • Phone: (650) 327-7163
  • General pages:

According to

  • Co-founded Stranford University Gender Dysphoria Clinic with Psychiatrist Norman Fisk, M.D. in 1969.
  • Dr. Fisk is retired and Dr. Laub is semi-retired
  • Dr. Fisk coined the term “gender dysphoria”
  • First clinic to abandon “true” transsexual requirement for surgery or hormones
  • Uses sigmoid colon resection for vaginoplasty
  • Pioneered phalloplasty

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Consumer experiences (most recent first)

I needed corrective work of a very specialized nature. After being examined by several plastic surgeons, I was told that nothing could be done. The last doctor I saw recommended Dr. Donald R. Laub. Dr. Laub utilized such great ingenuity and creativity that the problem was successfully resolved.
— Joyce C Laguna Woods, CA (undated)


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