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Patient Stories

Making History: LGBTQA+ Pride

These Northwestern Medicine employees are challenging, changing and writing history for the LGBTQA+ community.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Faculty Members Julie Barton, MD, and Patricia Garcia, MD, MPH, made history by being among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. Dr. Barton helped launch The Women’s Clinic at Howard Brown Health, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQA+ organizations, offering a range of medical and social services across Chicago to improve health and wellness for the LGBTQ community. Dr. Garcia, in addition to serving as the associate dean for curriculum at Feinberg School of Medicine is the founder of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Perinatal HIV Program, which provides care and support for people who are pregnant and HIV-positive. Dr. Garcia was also a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 2009 to 2012, and at the state level, she helped found and co-directed the Perinatal Rapid Testing in Illinois (PRTI) program, an initiative that has implemented rapid HIV testing in every labor and delivery unit in the state.
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Northwestern Medicine Psychologist Angela K. Lawson, PhD, is making history by advocating for LGBTQA+ content in medical schools and psychology graduate schools.
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Northwestern Medicine Family Practice Physician Jessica Lapinski, DO, is making history by infusing her passion for LGBTQ health, institutional climate and curriculum development into her family practice and role as an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is actively caring for patients who identify as LGBTQ and is providing full-spectrum care, including gender-affirming care.
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Northwestern Medicine Patient Services Representative Sharon Mason is making history both by being a leader in the Northwestern Medicine African Descendants Chapter of the NM Champion Network and an LGBTQA+ champion within the health system and community.
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Northwestern Medicine Plastic Surgeon Sumanas Wanant Jordan, MD, PhD, and Northwestern Medicine Urologist Diana Katherine Bowen, MD, built the Northwestern Medicine Gender Pathways Program from the ground up. The Gender Pathways Clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is committed to providing gender-affirming care to those who are transgender and gender nonbinary. The clinic includes a multidisciplinary team of specialists who offer a range of surgical, medical and mental health services to help people achieve their unique transition-related goals.
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Northwestern Medicine Neurosurgery Clinic Practice Manager Antoine Curtis is making history by advocating for and then implementing gender-neutral changing rooms in the Neurosurgery Clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
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