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LGBTQ+ Health Care

Every single one of us is deserving of world-class healthcare delivered in a safe and welcoming environment. Historically, members of LGBTQ+ community have been underserved. Ochsner is uniquely qualified to provide compassionate, individualized care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) patients.

Ochsner is relentless when it comes to delivering comprehensive, respectful care to all patients, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We are home to the region’s largest and most talented team of LGBTQ+ experienced providers, and our facilities have been recognized as “Top Performers” in caring for LGBTQ+ patients by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index.

The Healthcare Equality Index evaluates healthcare facilities for their dedication to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. Ochsner has an LGBTQ+ inclusive patient nondiscrimination, visitation and employment nondiscrimination policies. What’s more, our staff receives specialized training in LGBTQ+ patient-centered care.

Of course, while Ochsner has specific services for LGBTQ+ patients, like everybody else, you’ll benefit from being treated at the Gulf South’s leading medical center, home to world-renowned specialists and subspecialists in almost every field.

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When you make an appointment, you’ll notice we’ve optimized our electronic medical record to ask a patient’s preferred name and pronouns. Visit or call 1-866-624-7637 today.

In addition to the health issues all men face, gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) have an increased risk of depression, anxiety disorders and suicide. Research also shows they are more likely to smoke and to abuse alcohol and drugs. In addition, they have a higher frequency of HIV, STIs and HPV, which can lead to an increased risk for certain types of cancers.

Due to embarrassment, fear of rejection or confidentially issues, many gay men and MSM put off preventive care. Ochsner provides a safe, welcoming an environment where all men can get the state-of-the-art care you deserve.

Ochsner Services for Gay Men and MSM Include:

  • LGBTQ+ primary care
  • Cancer and infectious disease screenings
  • Immunizations
  • Behavioral health services
  • Specialty care
  • HIV prEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)
  • PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis)
  • HIV care
  • STD care

Lesbian and bisexual women and women who have sex with women require the same routine health care maintenance as all women. Unfortunately, they are also at increased risk for certain medical and mental health conditions, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer of the reproductive organs 
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Smoking-related illnesses
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • STIs
  • HIV

Ochsner Services for Lesbian and bisexual woman and WSW include:

  • LGBTQ+ primary care
  • LGBTQ+ gynecologic care
  • Endocrinology and metabolism care
  • Behavioral health services
  • Specialty care

Children and adolescents can thrive and maximize their development in safe and supportive environments. However, many youth with diverse sexual and gender identities face barriers to receiving the same safety and support as their peers. We know that the health needs of LGBTQ+ youth can differ from that of their peers. Sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity also are often challenging topics for youth and their families to discuss openly. Children and adolescents who are or are questioning whether they may be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender are at much greater risk of:

  • Experiencing rejection, loss, and isolation from family, peers, and community members
  • Being the victims of bullying, harassment, discrimination, and physical violence
  • Enduring psychological distress including depression, anxiety, and gender dysphoria
  • Engaging in unhealthy behaviors and/or being bullied or victimized
  • Engaging in self-harm and suicide at a higher incidence
  • For these and many other reasons, both physical and behavioral health care are essential for LGBTQ+ youth and their families.

Services offered

  • Behavioral health services
  • Specialty care

Access to quality health care has always been a challenge for transgender individuals who, like everybody else, deserve leading-edge, compassionate care. Along with the health problems faced by the entire population, this community is also at increased risk for certain medical and mental health conditions, including:

  • High blood pressure, diabetes, liver dysfunction, and high cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease 
  • Tobacco use
  • Cancers
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • STDs
  • HIV

Service offered:

  • Primary care
    • Routine health care maintenance, surveillance of chronic medical conditions, access to providers for acute medical visits, smoking cessation.
  • Gynecologic care
    • Routine gynecologic care including cancer screening, pelvic examinations, management of chronic or acute gynecologic conditions, contraceptive counseling and management, fertility consultation and treatment, evaluation and treatment of sexual pain. Postsurgical care for transgender women
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
    • Initiation, maintenance, and surveillance of cross-sex hormones.
  • Surgical services
    • Referral within and outside referral to providers who perform gender confirmation procedures.
  • Cancer screenings
  • Behavioral Health
    • Diagnosis of gender dysphoria, treatment and management of other comorbid conditions (depression, anxiety, PTSD), management of substance abuse problems.
  • Obesity services
    • Multidisciplinary approaches to weight loss and maintenance, referral to bariatric medicine.
  • Voice training

Ochsner offers healthcare services at Ochsner Health Center - Tchoupitoulas. This clinic houses providers who understand the health needs of LGBTQ+ patients, and access to specialists with expertise in LGBTQ+ care.

Our Gender Clinic offers multidisciplinary health care to patients seeking hormonal and/or surgical reassignment of gender. Appointments are made on an individual basis, and specialists meet to coordinate care when indicated.

The Gender Clinic's services include:

  • Initiation and monitoring of hormonal reassignment of gender, done in coordination with other supporting medical professionals
  • Affirming primary medical care
  • Referrals to medical specialists that offer gender affirming surgeries including:
    • Masculinizing/Defeminizing Chest Reconstructive Surgery (Mastectomy)
    • Male Hysterectomy
    • Orchiectomy (Surgical Removal of the Testes)
    • Facial Feminization Procedures
    • Vaginoplasty (Female Genital Reconstructive Surgery)
    • Metoidioplasty and phalloplasty
  • Voice training
  • Being your advocate and writing letters in support for gender marker changes and necessary procedures.

We employ an informed consent model for our adult patients to decrease barriers to care and increase access to hormone access for the trans community.

We strive to ensure our patients receive quality care through a direct and long-term relationship with their chosen provider and health care team. Our teams are respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences and goals.

Ochsner offers healthcare services at Ochsner Health Center - Tchoupitoulas. This clinic houses providers who understand the health needs of LGBTQ+ patients, and access to specialists with expertise in LGBTQ+ care.

Gender-Affirming Services Offered by Ochsner Providers Include:

  • Pediatric endocrine and behavioral health care for gender diverse youth under 18
  • Primary care
  • Hormone therapy & surveillance for adults
  • Gynecologic care
    • Routine
    • Surgical including hysterectomy
    • Post-surgical MTF care
  • Urologic care
    • Routine
    • Surgical including orchiectomy (surgical removal of the testes)
    • Post-surgical FTM care
  • Masculinizing/defeminizing chest reconstructive surgery (top surgery)
  • Facial feminization procedures
  • Voice therapy

Coordinated referrals for:

  • Other feminization procedures
  • Vaginoplasty (female genital reconstructive surgery)
  • Phalloplasty
  • Gender reassignment surgery
  • Gender-affirming surgery (GAS)

Ochsner Gender Clinic - Tchoupitoulas

Transgender Hormone Therapy Specialists

Behavioral Health Services

LGBTQ+ Primary Care

Ochsner Medical Center – Jefferson Highway

General LGBTQ+ Primary Care:

Transgender Hormone Therapy Specialists

Behavioral Health Services
Specialized Counseling and Medication Management for LGBT Patients

Surgical Services
Anal Cancer Diagnosis/Treatment

Breast Reduction/Augmentation for Transgender Patients

Orchiectomy for Transgender Patients

Speech Therapy/Voice training

Ochsner Health Center – Elmwood

LGBTQ+ Primary Care

Ochsner Baptist

General LGBTQ+ Primary Care

Transgender Gynecologic Care, Postoperative Management and Hysterectomies

Transgender Gynecologic Care

Ochsner Health Center – Covington

Hormonal Therapy for Transgender Patients


  • Cristina Cabret-Aymat, MD

Ochsner Health Center for Children Pediatric Subspecialties - Covington

Pediatric Cardiology

Ochsner Medical Center – Northshore

Knowledgeable in LGBTQ+ Primary Care/ Surgical Services
Breast Reduction/Augmentation for Transgender Patients

Behavioral Health Services
Specialized Counseling and Medication Management for LGBTQ+ Patients

Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Services

Ochsner Specialty Health Center Two - Slidell

Pediatric Cardiology

Ochsner Health Center - Slidell

Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Services

Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center

    Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank

    Psychiatric Services:
    Specialized Counseling for LGBTQ+ Patients

    • Amelia Doty, CSW

    Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge

    LGBTQ+ Primary Care

    Behavioral Health
    Specialized Counseling for LGBTQ+ Patients

    Ochsner Health Center - Mandeville


    • Victoria Waterfield, LCSW

    Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Services

    Ochsner Health Center - Belle Meade

    HIV PrEP/Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

    Ochsner Health Center- O'Neal

    Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Services

    Michael R. Boh Center for Child Development

    Pediatric Cardiology

    Digital Medicine

    *Participation in Digital Medicine program is subject to not meeting any clinical exclusionary criteria.

    Professional Health Coach

    • Michael DeLaRosa

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    Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to LGBTQ+ Health Care

    LGBTQ+ Health Care Locations

    Ochsner Health Center - Elmwood
    1201 South Clearview Parkway , Building B
    New Orleans, LA 70121
    • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Ochsner LSU Health - Monroe Medical Center
    4864 Jackson St.
    Monroe, LA 71202
    • Open 24/7
    Ochsner Health Center – Tchoupitoulas
    5300 Tchoupitoulas St. , Suite C2
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center
    1978 Industrial Blvd.
    Houma, LA 70363
    • Open 24/7
    Slidell Memorial Hospital East
    100 Medical Center Drive
    Slidell, LA 70461
    • Open 24/7
    Ochsner Health Center - Covington
    1000 Ochsner Blvd.
    Covington, LA 70433
    • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Ochsner Health Center - Mandeville
    2810 East Causeway Approach
    Mandeville, LA 70448
    Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge
    17000 Medical Center Drive
    Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    • Open 24/7
    Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
    2700 Napoleon Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    • Open 24/7