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

We developed this program after our research identified unmet needs among gay, bisexual, transgender and other patients from sexual minorities. We continue to research healthcare needs, disparities and outcomes for gay and bisexual men, and use those findings to provide comprehensive care uniquely designed for our patients. We also offer education, community engagement and advocacy.

Our goals include:

  • Trust and affirmation. Our practice includes and affirms all patients. This is a place where patients can feel comfortable speaking about their sexual and urologic health.
  • Research. We conduct research to uncover how certain urologic conditions and therapies affect gay and bisexual men. This knowledge empowers physicians and patients to make informed treatment decisions.
  • Education. We develop and use educational resources that are relevant for our patients.

We welcome all gay and bisexual patients who were assigned male at birth; identify as male, or are gender-nonconforming or nonbinary; and need urology care. If you are looking for gender-affirming care, such as hormone therapy, voice therapy and various surgeries, please visit the Northwestern Medicine Gender Pathways Program.

Trust Leads to Better Care

Talking about sexual health and habits, even with a clinician, can be difficult. Our clinicians build relationships with patients that are grounded in trust.

This is a supportive environment for all patients. You can feel comfortable talking about your sexual and urologic health here. Your honesty will help us care for you.

We will create a care plan tailored to your needs and treatment goals. We want to offer excellent medical care that will help you lead a happier, healthier life.

During your care journey, your team of specialists may include:

Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment now.

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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    Urologic Care for Gay and Bisexual Men
    Urologic Care for Gay and Bisexual Men

    The Northwestern Medicine Gay and Bisexual Men’s Urology program is working to optimize urologic care for this patient population. Learn about our approach to care.

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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.


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

    Urologic Health Resources for Gay and Bisexual Men

    Videos and other helpful resources for resources on gay and bisexual men’s urologic health. These resources are for patients and clinicians.

    Gay and Bisexual Men’s Urologic Health Resources