Call for Abstracts - 2018 WPATH Symposium - Buenos Aires, Argentina

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WPATH 2018 Symposium – Buenos Aires
November 2-6, 2018
Hilton Buenos Aires, Argentina


Invitation to Participate

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) invites Members and Fellows to submit abstracts for podium and poster presentations as well as mini-symposia to be considered for presentation at the 25th Biennial WPATH Symposium.

2018 WPATH Symposium

November 2-6, 2018
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Format for 2018 Symposium

We are excited to share with you the following format based on feedback from the 24th Biennial WPATH Symposium in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2016.

The overwhelming consensus was a desire for fewer competing topics with rooms that have greater capacity, so people will be far less likely to miss out on something they want to hear. In addition, there were many requests for more plenary sessions that featured state-of-the-art lectures as well as reviews of research in leading topic areas since the last symposium. We will also have very generous space to accommodate poster presentations with ample time for viewing.

We will be accepting podium and poster research abstracts as well as mini-symposia submissions until March 9, 2018.

We will also be hosting WPATH GEI training courses at the foundational, advanced and master class levels on November 2nd and 3rd.


Submission Guidelines

The recommended submission length is between 385 and 500 words, excluding the title and authors' names. Titles should be descriptive (200 characters or less). If you wish to submit images with your abstract; images must be smaller than 525 x 343 pixels. Files must be less than 50MB.  Allowed file types: png, gif, jpg, jpeg.  The correspondent will receive an email message confirming the receipt of the submission. Please notify your co-authors that the confirmation was received.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Click on this link: You will be redirected to a screen that reads, “CATALYST”.
  2. On the CATALYST screen, you will see two tabs: ‘Login’ and ‘Register’. Select ‘Register’ to create a new account.
  3. Once a user name and password have been created, the system will send a Confirmation of Account email to the email address used to create the account. Please open the email immediately and click ‘Confirm Account’. You will then be redirected to the submission form to begin a submission.

Deadline for Submission is March 9, 2018



This program is funded in part by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute. 


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  • Metoidioplasty
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  • Vaginoplasty Procedures



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Cori Agarwal, MD

Jens Berli, MD

Rachel Bluebond-Langner, MD

Marci Bowers, MD

John Capozuca, PhD

Mark Courey, MD

Jordan Deschamps-Braly, MD, FACS

Marcelo Di Maggio, MD

Miro Djordjevic, MD

Randi Ettner, PhD

Maurice Garcia, MD, MAS

Zil Goldstein, NP

Aaron Grotas, MD

Gail Knudson, MD, MPE, FRCPC

Ervin Kojancic, MD

William Kuzon, MD

Lee Zhao, MD

Scott Leibowitz, MD

Toby Meltzer, MD, PC

Prof. Dr. Stan Monstrey, MD, PhD

Scott Mosser, MD

Rajeev Purohit, MD

Kit Rachlin, PhD

Asa Radix, MD, MPH, FACP

Zoe Rodriguez, MD
Bauback Safa, MD
Josh Safer, MD
Ali Salim, MD
Loren Schechter, MD
Daniel Simon, MD

Jeff Spiegel, MD FACS

Peter Taub, MD, FACS, FAAP

Jess Ting, MD

Cecile Unger, MD, MPH

Paul Weiss, MD




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For Immediate Release

November 15, 2017

This statement replaces WPATH’s Identity Recognition Statement of January 19, 2015. 

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WPATH Identity Recognition Statement

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) recognizes that, for optimal physical and mental health, persons must be able to freely express their gender identity, whether or not that identity conforms to the expectations of others. WPATH further recognizes the right of all people to identity documents consistent with their gender identity, including those documents which confer legal gender status. Such documents are essential to the ability of all people to enjoy rights and opportunities equal to those available to others; to access accommodation, education, employment, and health care; to travel; to navigate everyday transactions; and to enjoy safety. Transgender people, regardless of how they identify or appear, should enjoy the gender recognition all persons expect and deserve. 
Medical and other barriers to gender recognition for transgender individuals may harm physical and mental health. WPATH opposes all medical requirements that act as barriers to those wishing to change legal sex or gender markers on documents. These include requirements for diagnosis, counseling or therapy, puberty blockers, hormones, any form of surgery (including that which involves sterilization), or any other requirements for any form of clinical treatment or letters from doctors. WPATH argues that marital and parental status should not be barriers to recognition of gender change, and opposes requirements for persons to undergo periods living in their affirmed gender, or for enforced waiting or 'cooling off' periods after applying for a change in documents. Further, court and judicial hearings can produce psychological, as well as financial and logistical barriers to legal gender change, and may also violate personal privacy rights or needs. 

WPATH advocates that appropriate gender recognition should be available to transgender youth, including those who are under the age of majority, as well as to individuals who are incarcerated or institutionalized. WPATH recognizes that there is a spectrum of gender identities, and that choices of identity limited to Male or Female may be inadequate to reflect all gender identities. An option of X, NB (non-binary), or Other (as examples) should be available for individuals who so choose. 

WPATH urges governments to eliminate barriers to gender recognition, and to institute transparent, affordable and otherwise accessible administrative procedures affirming self-determination, when gender markers on identity documents are considered necessary. These procedures should be based in law and protect privacy.


Dear Members of WPATH,

For the past four years I have served as the founding Co-Chair of the WPATH Student Initiative (WSI) and have had the pleasure of working on the WSI under three supportive WPATH presidents (Dr. Lin Fraser, Dr. Jamison Green, and Dr. Gail Knudson), three boards of directors, and two sensational Co-Chairs. I want to acknowledge the important work of Dr. Colton Keo-Meier who served with me as founding student co-chair to get the Student Initiative off the ground and on its feet for the first few years.  More recently, it has been my great pleasure to work with Luke Roy Allen, the real force behind the current WSI. Luke has brought great energy and professional skills to his work as the student Co-Chair. He continues to devote hours every day to advocate on behalf of our student members and to produce events such as the upcoming WPATH Graduate Student Research Symposia at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference on September 8, 2017. (Please attend if you are in Philadelphia!)

While I will continue to remain involved in the Student Initiative, I am stepping down to pursue other projects and am now very glad to turn over my position in the WSI to Dr. Alex Laungani. Dr. Laungani is a board certified plastic surgeon from Belgium, currently in the process of completing a second plastic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in the USA. He has been an advocate for the LGBTQ community at large for many years and has been a member of WPATH since 2014. He is active in national and international meetings on transgender surgical care and is leading multiple research projects on outcomes after gender confirmation surgery. I am very pleased that he has agreed to take on the co-leadership of the student initiative and I am sure that he will do an amazing job.

Thank you all for your support of the student initiative. It has been a pleasure to serve our student members and I know that the WSI is in good hands.

Warm regards to you all,

Kit Rachlin

WPATH Supports Students Health and Safety

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