We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Asa Radix, Senior Director of Research and Education, was named by the Board of Directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) as Co-Chair of the 8th Revision of its Standards of Care.
WPATH promotes the highest standards of health care for individuals through the articulation of Standards of Care for the health of transgender and non-binary people. These Standards of Care are based on the best available science and expert professional consensus.
“Like all clinical guidelines, WPATH’s Standards of Care need to be constantly updated to take advantage of new research findings and incorporate community perspectives,” said Dr. Radix. “I’m honored to be involved in directing this latest revision process.”
Dr. Asa Radix is a clinician, educator, and researcher whose main area of expertise is in transgender health and HIV. Asa is the Senior Director of Research and Education at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York University. After finishing undergraduate medical training in the West Indies, Asa completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Connecticut and postgraduate qualifications in tropical medicine and public health in the United Kingdom. Asa has presented both nationally and internationally on LGBTQ health issues, has published widely in the field of transgender health and has assisted in developing national and regional guidelines in transgender health.
“WPATH’s executive board members are very excited to have Dr. Radix join our Standards of Care revision leadership team.” Gail Knudson MD, WPATH President said. “His outstanding experience and reputation in the field of transgender health is a tremendous asset, and will surely impact the ongoing evolution of the WPATH Standards of Care in ways that will benefit transgender people the world over.”
“I am extremely fortunate to have worked closely with Dr. Radix for the last 4 years,” said Peter Meacher, Callen-Lorde’s Chief Medical Officer. “Dr. Radix is a truly exceptional physician whose research and clinical expertise is paired with a compassion for each individual he cares for and a relentless drive to improve the way our health system cares for TGNC people.”
WPATH also announced that Jon Arcelus, MD, MSc, FRCPsych, PhD of the United Kingdom will also serve as Co-Chair. Eli Coleman, PhD, of the University of Minnesota Medical School, who chaired the Standards of Care 7 Revision, will again Chair the committee.
WPATH’s Standards of Care 7 was published in 2012. This revision of the Standards of Care will address changes in the provision of transgender heath since that time.