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102HO - Genital Gender Affirming Surgery for the Transgender Patient: A Didactic and Hands-on Fresh Cadaver-Based Course

Thursday, May 17
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This is a one-day course comprised of didactic lectures and two 2-hour hands-on fresh-cadaver labs covering both Male-to-Female and Female-to-Male common genital gender affirming surgeries. This course is designed for the general urologist, but also offers substantial learning opportunities for the practicing gender surgeon. The course will be taught by leading clinical urology Faculty from the U.S. and U.K. In addition, anatomists from the UCSF Department of Anatomy will also participate in teaching the cadaver-based lab portion of the course.

The didactic lectures will cover an introduction to the patient population, review of transgender epidemiologic data, review of culturally-competent terminology, review of current transgender care guidelines and what requirements patients must meet to qualify for genital GAS. Additional topics include a review of the medical specialties that routinely participate in transgender care and a review of both Male to Female and Female to Male genital gender affirming surgeries. Following the hands-on sessions, experts will discuss common post-op hospital pathways for both MtoF and FtoM genital gender affirming surgeries, common complications, the design and make-up of a balanced gender affirming surgery program, what surgical instruments the general urologist and practicing gender surgeon may find useful in daily practice and commonly used ICD diagnostic and CPT procedure codes. Throughout the course, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of all of the Faculty.

Hands-on lab sessions will cover the surgical steps and anatomic basis for both MtoF and FtoM genital gender affirming surgeries. Fresh human cadavers in various states of prosection will be presented. Surgical techniques, important surgical landmarks and clinical pitfalls will be reviewed. Each participant will be provided with their own individual iPad loaded with a review of the entire lab and live surgery videos.

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David Ralph

University College London

David Ralph is a full-time Urologist at The St Peter’s Andrology Centre and the Institute of Urology, University College London.

He has previously been President of the BAUS section of Andrology and British Society for Sexual Medicine and the European Society for Sexual Medicine.

He has a wide interest in all aspects of sexual medicine and leads an active research programme with PhD and MD fellows. He has written many chapters on Priapism,Peyronie’s disease and surgical and medical management of erectile dysfunction. He is the biggest implanter of penile prostheses in the UK with two clinical fellowship programmes to teach on this.

He also has a special interest in male infertility and runs microsurgical workshops in the training of vasectomy reversal.


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Stanton C. Honig

Yale University School of Medicine

Stanton Honig MD is a Clinical Professor of Urology, Director of Men’s Health and Clinical lead of the Transgender Program at Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his urologic training at Boston University School of Medicine and fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in 1993.
He subspecializes in Male Reproduction and Sexual Medicine. He actively participates in clinical research that focuses on male reproduction, vasectomy, erectile dysfunction, testis cancer/?fertility link, peyronie’s disease, hypogonadism and gender affirming surgery.
With his expertise in gender affirming surgery, he has started the first Transgender Surgery program in the Northeast.
He is actively involved in the teaching program at Yale and University of Connecticut on the above areas. He directs the Men”s Health section of the “Across the Lifespan” module of the medical school curriculum at Yale. He lectures regularly nationally and internationally on these topics.
A regular American Urological Association Plenary Session, he has spoken on “The Economics of Male Infertility (2002)”, “Current Treatment of Varicoceles (2009)”, The New WHO Semen Analysis Guidelines (2011), Peyronie’s disease (2013) and Male Rejuvenation (2016) and Transgender Surgery (2017).He is the author of numerous papers and presentations in Journal of Urology, Fertility and Sterility, Urology etc.
He is the past President of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR). He is an expert reviewer for Journal of Urology, Urology, Fertility and Sterility, Journal of Sexual Medicine, Journal of Andrology, and Reproduction.

He is currently on the AUA Vasectomy Guidelines Committee, CDC Male Infertility Working Group, faculty for the AUA Vasectomy Course and the Urology Care Foundation Reproductive and Sexual Committee, Hands on Faculty course on Gender Affirming Surgery and Chair of the AUA Education Working Group on Transgender care.


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Lee C. Zhao

New York University School of Medicine

Lee C. Zhao MD, is Assistant Professor of Urology at New York University School of Medicine. He is co-director of the NYU Fellowship in Male Sexual Health and Prosthetic Urology. He specializes open, laparoscopic, and robotic reconstructive surgery of the genitourinary tract, treating problems such as ureteral obstruction, urinary fistulae, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and urethral strictures. Dr. Zhao also works in a multidisciplinary team to perform gender affirming surgery for transgender patients.


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Polina Reyblat

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

Polina Rreyblat, MD
Chief of Urology Department
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Meical Center

Areas of clinical focus: NeuroUrology, Recosntructve and Prosthetic Urology, Gender Affirmation Surgery

Residency: Universidy Of Sourthern California, Keck School of Medicine 2003-2009
Fellowship: NeuroUrology and Reconstructive Urology, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, 2009-2010


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Derek Harmon

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Derek Harmon, Ph.D., M.S., is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Department of Anatomy. Dr. Harmon received his Masters and PhD at The Ohio State University in Anatomy Education. In addition to teaching all levels of medical students and physicians, Dr. Harmon also serves as the director of the Anatomy Learning Center at UCSF. Dr. Harmon has perviously collaborated with Dr. Maurice Garcia in developing and implementing two medical courses focusing on Transgender surgery, with plans to continue the development of transgender specific medical courses. Dr. Harmon's research focuses on the development and implementation of novel anatomical educational resources.


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Nripendra Dhillon

UC San Francisco


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Dana Rohde


Dana Rohde, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Rohde is a professor of Anatomy and Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to teaching students in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy, she teaches clinically relevant anatomy to residents in various fields. She also directs the Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy course for 4th year medical students at UCSF.


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