Dr. Chelvakumar is a board certified adolescent medicine physician working in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She graduated from Northwestern University Fienberg School of Medicine in 2007. She completed her pediatrics residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in 2010, and adolescent medicine fellowship at MCW in 2013. Her clinical duties involve providing primary care and reproductive health services to adolescents. She has a strong interest in working with adolescent populations that are particularly vulnerable to negative health outcomes, including transgender youth, LGB youth, detained youth, and homeless youth. She additionally earned a masters degree in public health and has previously completed community based projects examining healthcare access and barriers to access in LGBT and homeless youth.
Presentation: Opportunities and Challenges in the Medical Care of Gender Nonconforming youth A Panel Discussion
Time: Breakout Session 4
Members of the multidisciplinary THRIVE gender team will be present for a moderated discussion on the medical care of transgender and gender nonconforming youth. Panel will include representatives from psychiatry, behavioral health, endocrinology, adolescent medicine, and social work. There will be a brief introduction of the program and team members followed by a moderated discussion on current issues in the care of gender nonconforming youth. This workshop is meant to allow for a discussion and exchange of information between panel speakers and audience participants. Topics addressed will include treatment approach to youth with gender dysphoria across the developmental spectrum, discussion of medications used for pubertal suppression, use of gender affirming hormones in youth, care of non-binary youth, and challenges in achieving health equity for Gender Nonconforming youth.
1. Identify current challenges in providing/obtaining comprehensive medical care for gender nonconforming youth.
2. Describe how a multidisciplinary approach to care for gender nonconforming youth can be helpful.
3. Identify strategies to approach some of the common barriers to care for transgender youth, and identify local resources and strategies to address these barriers.