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 mental and endocrine 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
- Metabolic effects of endocrine therapy in adolescents with gender dysphoria
- 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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