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Adolescent Medicine

Transgender Youth Clinic

The Transgender Youth Clinic (TYC) at Sick Kids was created in October of 2013 to provide  medical care and support to transgender adolescents. We have an interprofessional team from the Divisions of Adolescent Medicine and Endocrinology consisting of:

  • Dr. Mark Palmert
  • Cathy Maser, Nurse Practitioner
  • Bailie Tabak, Endocrine Nurse
  • Katie Stadelman, Social Work
  • Sue Duncan, Clinic Coordinator
  • Dr. Pier Bryden
  • Dr. Karen Leslie

This clinic works collaboratively with our community partners to ensure the most comprehensive and supportive care to our transgender and gender questioning youth and their families.

The clinic offers valuable training to other medical and allied health care professionals, role modeling compassionate care, advancing scientific and clinical knowledge and preparing the next generation of leaders in the care of transgender children and youth.

Referrals to the Transgender Youth Clinic should come from a primary health-care provider and be submitted online. Learn more about our referral process.

For further information contact Cathy Maser at 416-813-7654 x 203569.

Helpful Resources:

Rainbow Health Care aims to help improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. www.rainbowhealth.ca

GenderCreativeKids provides resources for supporting and affirming gender creative kids within their families, schools and communities. www.gendercreativekids.ca

Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is a community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre that serves many of Toronto’s most vulnerable youth. Resource guide for parents of trans youth available: http://www.ctys.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/CTYS-FIT-Families-in-Transition-Guide-2nd-edition.pdf

Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Guidelines for the Accommodation of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students and Staff http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/0/AboutUs/Innovation/docs/trans_guides_factsheet.pdf

PFLAG Canada is Canada's only national organization that helps all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. PFLAG Canada supports, educates and provides resources to all individuals with questions or concerns, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. See website for local chapters. www.pflagcanada.ca