Dr. Lydia Fein

Dr. Lydia Fein

Obstetrician and gynecologist, assistant professor and director, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Florida, US
Work Experience: 5+ years in obstetrics, gynecology, and gender-affirming care

“Whether through my research or my role as an educator, obstetrician, and gynecologist, I am constantly striving to improve the quality of care for LGBTQ+ patients. We all deserve to feel well in our bodies, and through my work, I aim to ensure that more gender-diverse people get the gender-affirming health care they need and deserve.”

Career Highlights 

  • Assistant professor and director of the transgender health program in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, US
  • Grant-funded researcher in the field of gender-affirming medicine and surgery
  • Author of over 15 published articles in leading peer-review medical journals as well as several book chapters on LGBTQ care and gynecology
  • Frequent presenter at national and international meetings on the topic of gender-affirming care 
  • Member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Education

  • Residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, FL, US
  • Doctorate and master’s degrees in public health from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, FL, US
  • Bachelor’s degree in science from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, US

Featured Publications

  • “Lost Opportunities for Mismatch Repair (MMR) Screening among Minority Women with Endometrial Cancer.” Scientific Reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 2021, doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-91053-1.
  • “Applying Concurrent Multidisciplinary Care to Gender Affirmation in Transgender Women: A Case Series.” Clinical Case Reports, vol. 8, no. 11, 2020, doi: 10.1002/ccr3.3134.
  • “Supersonic Transporter Deformity in Transgender Men Following Phalloplasty.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol. 144, no. 1, 2019, doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000005749.
  • “Sexual Preferences and Partnerships of Transgender Persons Mid- or Post-Transition.” Journal of Homosexuality, vol. 65, no. 5, 2018, doi: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1333808.
  • “Risk Factors for Anal Dysplasia in Transgender Women: A Retrospective Chart Review.” Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease, vol. 22, no. 4, 2018, doi: 10.1097/LGT.0000000000000396.

My Journey in Medicine

My choice to work in the realm of transgender health was based on a passion I developed while still a medical student. At the time, this field was vastly uncharted territory, but I was fortunate to have mentors who opened my eyes to the much-needed care these patients deserved but often did not receive. From that point forward, I devoted my career to providing care to gender-diverse patients and advancing the field of gender-affirming health.

I lead the transgender health program within my department at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, where I specialize in the medical and surgical care of gender-diverse patients. I offer both hormone therapy and a range of gender-affirming surgeries. In addition to my research and teaching, I aim to shape the future of medical care for the LGBTQ+ community by contributing to the medical curricula in the fields of gender and sexuality.

My ongoing projects include a Center for AIDS Research pilot grant award to study the HIV risk of transgender women who have undergone gender-affirming vaginoplasty and a study of postoperative pain in transgender men undergoing hysterectomy.

I am excited and honored to be a part of Flo’s medical board to help the app serve the large LGBTQ+ community around the world and ensure that everyone who menstruates feels informed, empowered, and supported.

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