Researcher Spotlight: Ximena Lopez, M.D.
After joining Children’s Health in 2010 as a pediatric endocrinologist,Dr. Ximena Lopez began working with children and adolescents with gender dysphoria—a condition in which a person does not identify with the gender assigned at birth—and quickly became an advocate in the process. The frequent association of gender dysphoria with mental health problems such a depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts led Dr. Lopez to launch the GENder Education and Care, Interdisciplinary Support (GENECIS) program, a first-of-its-kind, in the southwest US. GENECIS provides comprehensive care for these young patients.
Dr. Lopez is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Pediatric Endocrinology Division of UT Southwestern and a co-chair of the Transgender Health Special Interest Group of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.
Dr. Lopez’s research interests are:
- Gender dysphoria in children and adolescents
- Neurobiology of transgender children and adolescents
Watch her most recent TEDMED talk.
A few of Dr. Lopez’s publications are here:
- Lopez X, Stewart S, Jacobson-Dickman E. Approach to Children and Adolescents with Gender Dysphoria. Pediatrics in Review. March 2016.
- Lopez X. Gender dysphoria associated with mental health concerns. American Academy of Pediatrics News. February 2015.
- Cartaya J and Lopez X. Gender Dysphoria in Youth: A Review of Recent Literature. Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity. February 2018.
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