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Dr. Channa Amarasekera and a nurse working with a patient.

The first of its kind in the United States, we developed this program after our research showed that there were unmet needs among gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual minority patients. We created this program to meet the needs of gay and bisexual male patients. It aims to improve care for the LGBTQ community.

We tailor care and resources to the needs of these patients. This allows us to provide an inclusive environment where patients can openly and comfortably discuss their sexual orientation and sexual health with their care team. These are key factors in the treatment decision-making process. Our healthcare team works to understand what is important to patients. They respect these priorities when suggesting treatment options.

Trust Leads to Better Care

Good urologic health is key to a man’s contentment, comfort and sense of self-worth and sexual health plays a central role in many aspects of urologic care.

For gay and bisexual men, talking about sexual health and habits, even with a clinician, can be difficult. We aim to create a supportive environment for all men, regardless of sexual orientation. We want patients to feel comfortable speaking about their sexual and urologic health.

Our clinicians build relationships with patients that are grounded in trust. We create care plans tailored to each patient’s needs and treatment goals. We aim to help patients lead happier, healthier lives under the highest standards of medical care.

Meet the Program Director

Channa Amarasekera, MD

Channa Amarasekera, MD

Primary Specialty: Urology

About Channa Amarasekera, MD

Dr. Amarasekera is a pioneer in the research of health outcomes in urology for men who have sex with men. He has developed a framework for how to optimize treatment for prostate cancer among this patient population.

His current research interests focus on identifying and addressing urologic healthcare disparities faced by members of sexual minorities. To complement his clinical and research work in this field, Dr. Amarasekera is committed to educating clinicians, residents and medical students on culturally appropriate care for patients from sexual minorities.

Dr. Amarasekera earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed residency training in urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and a fellowship in sexual medicine and reconstructive urology at Rush University Medical Center.

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    Prostate Cancer Treatment Considerations for Gay and Bisexual Men

    Channa Amarasekera, MD, discusses prostate cancer treatment considerations for gay and bisexual men.

    Prostate Cancer in Gay and Bisexual Men

    Some studies show that gay and bisexual men are screened for prostate cancer at lower rates than heterosexual men. Learn more about prostate cancer screening diagnosis and treatment considerations for gay and bisexual men.

    Research

    Are you interested in advancing urology research? If you were assigned male at birth (AMAB) and have sex with others who were AMAB, contact marykate.keeter@nm.org or call 312.694.9001 to learn more.