Prof S M Balaji at the First Live Surgery Symposium of the WPATH in New York City, USA

Prof S M Balaji attends WPATH Symposium at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Prof SM Balaji, a registered member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and an experienced facial feminization surgery expert, was invited by the WPATH to attend the first live surgery symposium of the organization, organized at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA. This symposium was jointly organized by the WPATH, Global Education Initiative (GEI), the Mount Sinai Health System and the American Society of Gender Surgeons (ASGS).

WPATH rendering yeomen service to Transgender Health

WPATH is a multispecialty organization of healthcare professionals who have made significant investments in their careers towards improving the quality of not just surgical care available to transgender individuals, but also the overall care encompassing the emotional and psychological needs of transgender individuals.

Visionaries leading the WPATH for greater inclusiveness of all genders

The WPATH is an organization that is lead by visionaries with long ranging goals for the organization. Dr. Gail Knudson is the President of the WPATH and Co-Chair of the GEI. She is also the Founder and former President of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH). Dr. Randi Ettner who is the Secretary of the WPATH, is a clinical and forensic psychologist of international renown. She has been a champion for transgender rights and has served in various committees, which have overseen the reformation of laws pertaining to the rights of transgender people.

First Live Surgery Symposium of the WPATH

The symposium was held over a period of three days with a wide variety of gender affirmation live surgical demonstrations performed by world leading experts. The facial feminization and tracheal shave live surgical demonstration was performed by Dr. Jeff Spiegel who is one of the foremost facial plastic surgery specialists in the world today. Dr. Loren Schechter provided an introduction to transgender surgery at the beginning of the session.

Specialists attending the WPATH First Live Surgery Symposium

Also present at the symposium were Dr. Joshua Safer who is the Executive Director of the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital In New York City, Dr. Daniel Simon who is an eminent maxillofacial surgeon and has medical publications to his name in the field of Facial Feminization Surgery, Dr. Ravinder Jarial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Florida and Dr. Cecile Unger whose live surgical demonstration of Vaginoplasty techniques and Penile Inversion surgery was very well received by the audience. Dr. Mark Courey who is a Professor of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Mount Sinai Health System was also present at the course as was Ms. Zil Goldstein who is an assistant professor of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine.

Prof Balaji attends the WPATH as an expert in facial feminization surgery

Prof S M Balaji who is an expert at facial feminization surgery and has performed over 100 such surgeries at Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai, met with the various experts and held extensive discussions with them regarding the recent advancements made in the fields related to facial feminization surgery.

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