To better meet the needs of our membership, regionalization and formal WPATH affiliations are the primary initiative of my WPATH presidency. I am very pleased to welcome you to the first WPATH sponsored conference aimed at the US membership. Seventy-five per cent of the members of WPATH reside in the USA and we wanted to focus on the needs of this membership by forming a US region of WPATH aptly named USPATH. We formed a Steering Committee late last fall chaired by Drs. Kit Rachlin and Josh Safer in addition to appointing senior WPATH regional representatives. We hope that you will join us in the exciting formation of this region and we look forward to hearing your ideas as we move forward.
Gail Knudson, MD
From the Conference Chair and Co-Chair
On behalf of the WPATH Board of Directors and the USPATH Steering Committee, welcome to WPATH’s inaugural USPATH Conference. On February 2-5, 2017, at the new UCLA Luskin Conference Center, we’re gathering to affirm our dedication to transgender health. In this time of uncertainty due to the change of leadership in Washington, and concern over what the consequences may be for trans health and trans rights, USPATH LA 2017 will stand as a strong statement of support for continuing the rapid developments in trans health in America, and for the community of health providers, researchers, and advocates who are advancing that care.
The conference starts Thursday, Feb. 2, at 1pm with scientific sessions, a media training for trans health providers offered by GLAAD, and a poster session, followed by the opening plenary. You won’t want to miss this dynamic plenary, which includes an address on insurance issues from California’s elected Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, who has been a leader in removing trans health insurance exclusions. Senior LGBT Advisor in the US Department of Health and Human Services, Elliot Kennedy, will address the HHS agenda for promoting trans health. WPATH and USPATH leadership will discuss WPATH’s chaptering and the formation of USPATH as WPATH’s American chapter. Nick Adams of GLAAD, with Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker, co-producers of Transparent, will lead a panel discussion of trans representation in the media. The Opening Reception will follow.
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, are filled with abstract-driven sessions—oral abstract scientific sessions and mini-symposia. There will be an unprecedented array of options in sessions to choose from: 8 parallel sessions at a time, from 8am-6pm. At any time, there will be two sessions on child/adolescent care, one on surgery, at least one on adult mental health, plus sessions on primary care/endocrinology, public health, public policy, insurance and law, and other topics. In addition to the abstract driven sessions, we are starting a format called Forums, which feature a panel of experts on a subject of interest or controversy, interacting with the audience. There are bound to be multiple sessions at a time that interest you, so if a room is full, please try your second choice. We recommend preparing your own customized schedule in advance, using the schedule that will be available online, to note the sessions you prefer to attend.
A breakfast buffet and lunch will be provided to all participants, plus coffee and snacks from morning until 5pm. This will provide a comfortable setting for networking between sessions and at meals. The Luskin facility includes a luxurious hotel directly above the conference center, and also offers a self-park garage and valet parking. The facility is brand new, spacious, and state of the art.
USPATH’s Inaugural Gala, with a cocktail hour, a dinner, and entertainment, will be held Saturday night. A separate ticket is required to attend the Gala. If you didn’t buy one when you registered, and you change your mind on-site, please check with the conference registration desk to find out about any remaining availability.
Sunday morning includes a Forum on SOC 8, in which input is requested from attendees about changes in the Standards of Care. This will be followed by a Forum focusing on one issue that needs elaboration in SOC 8: surgery in minors. The conference will conclude with a plenary devoted to next steps for the USPATH chapter and trans care in America.
The USPATH Conference is preceded Jan. 31- Feb 2 by a WPATH Global Educational Initiative (GEI) Foundations Course, Advanced Medical and Mental Health courses, and trainings on documentation and preparation for surgery, and in child and adolescent care. These courses, plus designated sessions at the USPATH Conference that count as electives, will provide credits toward specialty certification in transgender health.
A Surgeons-Only Preconference and Surgeon’s Dinner will be held Thursday, February 2. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, there will be a cadaver course at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA, for those training to do vaginoplasty.
We are tremendously excited about the USPATH Conference program, and the formation of WPATH’s American chapter. Of course, our success depends on your interest and participation. Now more than ever, our American community of trans-serving health providers, researchers, advocates, and allies is needed to continue to move the field of transgender health forward. Every day, our work—as individuals, and as an Association—is saving lives, and there is still so much more that must be done to make transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people healthy and safe. Thank you for joining us! We look forward to working and learning together with each of you.
Once again, WELCOME!
Dan Karasic, MD
USPATH Conference Chair
Jamison Green, PhD
USPATH Conference Co-Chair and WPATH Past-President