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Physicians with the Northwestern Medicine Gender Pathways Program talking with a patient.

The Northwestern Medicine Gender Pathways Program considers patients’ holistic experience of their gender across the lifespan. We are dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive setting where everyone can feel safe to be themselves. We believe that everyone deserves high-quality health care that respects and validates their gender identity.

We use integrated, coordinated health services to bring together a team that provides gender-affirming health care. Our clinicians address all aspects of a person's medical, emotional, social and legal transition. The Gender Pathways Program also promotes education, research and advocacy to advance gender-affirming care.

We ask because we care.
At Northwestern Medicine, the patient comes first. That starts with affirming that you are in a safe space. Out of respect and to meet your needs, we may ask what pronouns you would like us to use. Only you can choose your pronouns.


Feminizing Surgeries

Surgeries to produce a more feminine appearance. Examples include:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Vaginoplasty
  • Facial feminization surgery

Masculinizing Surgeries

Surgeries to produce a more masculine appearance. Examples include:

  • Mastectomy with free nipple graft/chest surgery
  • Periareolar 'keyhole' mastectomy
  • Facial masculinization surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Phalloplasty

Medical Care

  • Hormone therapy
  • Primary care
  • Preventive health screenings
  • Laser hair removal
  • Mental health services and referrals
  • Legal service referrals
  • Voice therapy

Meet the Team

Dr. Angela Chaudhari talking with a gender pathways patient.

The Northwestern Medicine Gender Pathways team consists of physicians from a range of specialties. Together, they provide access to comprehensive, coordinated care. We have specialists in internal and family medicine, endocrinology, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, plastic surgery, voice/speech therapy, orthopaedics, social services and dermatology.

Meet the Northwestern Medicine Gender Pathways Team


Please note that our practice is moving. Beginning on July 24, we will be located at 259 East Erie Street, Suite 2060, Chicago, IL 60611.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 312.926.3866. TTY 711. Or, email us at

We offer Gender Pathways Program services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. We also offer primary care in Geneva and Grayslake. The location of your appointment will depend on the physician you will see. You will learn the location when you schedule your appointment.

Why Northwestern Medicine

What makes us better, makes you better.®
Northwestern Medicine is a community of caregivers who welcome, respect and serve all people without regard to age, race, color, national origin, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and military or veteran status. This applies to patients and visitors.

For nine consecutive years, Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. We earned this by demonstrating a commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) patient-centered care. Facilities that receive this honor meet LGBTQ-inclusive benchmarks that are part of the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index. This is a unique survey that encourages equal care for LGBTQ Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to patients, visitors and employees.


    Have a Staff Member Contact Me

    To request an appointment with the Northwestern Medicine Gender Pathways Program, please fill out the form and a member of our staff will contact you. For immediate assistance, call 312.926.5946 (TTY 711).

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