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:

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