About the organization:
The American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 20,500 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair, and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair, and nails.
Position Statement on Sexual and Gender Minority Health in Dermatology
The American Academy of Dermatology
- "Recognizes that transgender and gender diverse individuals can benefit greatly from medical and surgical gender-affirming treatments.
- Supports evidence-based coverage of all gender-affirming therapy and procedures which help the mental and physical well-being of gender diverse individuals.
- Recognizes that gender-affirming procedures and treatments are not “cosmetic” or “elective” or for the mere convenience of the patient. These procedures are not optional in any meaningful sense, but are understood to be medically necessary for the health and well-being of the individual.
- Advocates for removal of barriers to care and supports both public and private health insurance coverage of gender transition treatment."
Date: March 4, 2019
Updated on Jul 30, 2020