Our Expert Team

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UCLA Health is a safe and supportive environment for transgender and gender diverse patients. Call 310-267-4334 to make an appointment.

Everyone's gender journey is unique. We recognize that every person requires something different and want to get to know you so that we can take care of the whole you. Using a multidisciplinary approach, our teams work together to provide comprehensive and compassionate care in a safe and welcoming environment for all of our gender-diverse patients.

UCLA's Gender Health Program brings together a multidisciplinary team of specialty physicians from primary careplastic surgeryvocal surgeryendocrinologygynecologyurologypsychiatry, pediatrics and behavioral health, as well as care coordinators.

 

Leadership


Primary Care & Pediatrics

Nupur Agrawal, MD, MPH

Nupur Agrawal, MD, MPH

Pediatrics| Internal Medicine

Dr. Nupur Agrawal is a Clinical Instructor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCLA and practices primary care at the UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Comprehensive Care Clinic in Santa Monica, California. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics with a minor in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, her Master of Public Health degree in Healthcare Management from Columbia University, and her MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Erin Baroni, MD

Erin Baroni, MD

Pediatrics| Internal Medicine

Dr. Erin Baroni, a Clinical Instructor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCLA, has long been engaged in equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. She completed her internal medicine-pediatrics residency at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where she started an LGBTQ+ group to build a community for residents and faculty. This created avenues for mentorship, research, and networking within the Warren Alpert Brown Medical School system. 

Daniela Delgado, MD

Daniela Delgado, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Daniela Delgado is a Clinical Instructor in the UCLA Department of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Her focus throughout her medical training was on community-based research and the well-being of vulnerable populations. Dr. Delgado specializes in the care of patients who identify as lesbian, bisexual, and queer, and has a special interest in transgender health.

John D. Fernandez, MD

John D. Fernandez, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. John Fernandez is a Clinical Instructor in the UCLA Department of Medicine. He received his medical degree at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Dr. Fernandez has experience working with transgender and gender non-conforming patients in both rural and urban environments. 

Noah J. Ravenborg, MD

Noah J. Ravenborg, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. Noah Ravenborg is a Clinical Instructor of Internal Medicine and a primary care physician at UCLA Health. He grew up in the LA area and obtained his medical degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC and completed Internal Medicine residency at UCLA. Dr. Ravenborg’s clinical interests include adult primary care, preventive medicine, HIV prevention and treatment, and LGBTQ health, including primary care for transgender patients and gender-diverse patients.

Amy K. Weimer, MD

Amy K. Weimer, MD

Pediatrics| Internal Medicine

Dr. Amy Weimer is Co-Director of the UCLA Gender Health Program and Associate Professor of Medicine – Pediatrics at UCLA. She completed her dual residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2003. She served as chief resident in internal medicine, then spent several years practicing general primary care before joining UCLA faculty in 2013. 


Anesthesiology

Christine T. Nguyen-Buckley, MD

Christine T. Nguyen-Buckley, MD

Anesthesiology

Dr. Christine T. Nguyen-Buckley is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. She went to college at UC Berkeley and attended Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Nguyen-Buckley completed anesthesiology residency at UCLA, where she was selected as chief resident, followed by liver transplant anesthesiology residency. 


Behavioral Health

Jessica M. Bernacki, PhD

Jessica M. Bernacki, PhD

Pediatric Psychology

Dr. Jessica Bernacki is a pediatric psychologist at UCLA who received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at UCLA in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Bernacki has been a Staff Psychologist in the Department of Medicine since 2013.

Marco A. Hidalgo, PhD, MA

Marco A. Hidalgo, PhD, MA

Pediatric Psychology| Clinical Psychology

Dr. Marco Hidalgo is a licensed clinical psychologist, researcher, and Associate Professor of Medicine-Pediatrics at UCLA. Born and raised in Southern California, he completed doctoral training at DePaul University and post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hidalgo practices exclusively in the Gender Health Program, where his patients are trans/gender-diverse individuals spanning from childhood to older adulthood. 

Brandon S. Ito, MD, MPH

Brandon S. Ito, MD, MPH

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Brandon Ito is Assistant Professor of Medicine – Psychiatry at UCLA. Dr. Ito completed his Adult Psychiatry training at the University of California, San Francisco and fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital where he served as Chief Fellow

Liz Ollen, PhD, MA

Liz Ollen, PhD, MA

Pediatric Psychology

Dr. Elizabeth Ollen is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Clinical Director of the UCLA EMPWR (“empower”) Program, which provides comprehensive mental health treatment to LGBTQ youth. She earned her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Clark University and holds a second master's degree in Human Development from Harvard University. She completed her pre and postdoctoral training at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Natalia Ramos, MD, MPH

Natalia Ramos, MD, MPH

Psychiatry

Dr. Natalia Ramos is the Medical Director of Child Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Services at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica who treats pediatric and adult patients through Behavioral Health Associates (BHA), the Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Clinic and the Faculty Practice Group. She also leads a resiliency group study for LGBTQ teens (ages 12- 17 years old with depression and anxiety.


Endocrinology

Susan C. Ahern, DO

Susan C. Ahern, DO

Endocrinology

Dr. Susan Ahern is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine and Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at UCLA. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency training, Internal Medicine Chief Residency and Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship at University of California at Irvine. She has relocated from Orange County to Ventura County where she has started a general Endocrinology practice. She has a special interest in caring for transgender and the gender-diverse population

Aarthi Arasu, MD

Aarthi Arasu, MD

Endocrinology

Dr. Aarthi Arasu earned her medical degree and completed her Internal Medicine residency at UCLA. She went on to do her endocrinology fellowship at UCSF. During that time, she spent extensive time doing research in osteoporosis with world-renowned experts in the field.

Shira M. Grock, MD

Shira M. Grock, MD

Endocrinology

Dr. Shira Grock was born and raised in Los Angeles and received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. She then earned her medical degree from University of Southern California where she was elected for Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She went on to complete her Internal Medicine training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and returned to Los Angeles for her endocrinology fellowship at UCLA. 

Stanley G. Korenman, MD

Stanley G. Korenman, MD

Endocrinology

Dr. Stanley Korenman is Distinguished Professor of Medicine – Endocrinology at UCLA. He Graduated from Princeton University and medical school at Columbia. He was trained in Internal Medicine at Bellevue and Memorial Hospitals in New York. He was accepted to the NIH as a Clinical Associate and then Senior Investigator in the Endocrinology Branch of the National Cancer Institute where he began his lifelong research into male and female reproductive endocrinology. 


Head and Neck

Lisa J. Bolden, SP

Lisa J. Bolden, SP

Otolaryngology

Lisa Bolden, MA, CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech pathologist who specializes in voice. Lisa earned her master's degree at Northwestern University and her bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona. She joined the UCLA Speech Pathology Department in 2000, launching the UCLA Voice Program in 2006 that she continues to lead. The UCLA Voice Team's practice is centered on the understanding that voice is important to the quality of life. 

Dinesh K. Chhetri, MD

Dinesh K. Chhetri, MD

Otolaryngology

Dr. Dinesh Chhetri is a Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and a Laryngologist, a specialist in voice, swallowing, and breathing disorders. He obtained his MD from UCLA School of Medicine, where he graduated with distinction for his thesis on vocal fold paralysis and laryngeal reinnervation.

Natalie E. Kadin, MD

Natalie E. Kadin, MD

Otolaryngology

Dr. Natalie Kadin is an Assistant Professor of the Head and Neck Surgery Department of the David Geffen School of Medicine of UCLA. Dr. Kadin graduated from medical school at Mount Sinai in New York followed by a surgical residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. After residency, Dr. Kadin moved to the west coast to complete an additional fellowship training in voice surgery with Dr. Gerald Berke at UCLA. 

Abie Mendelsohn, MD

Abie Mendelsohn, MD

Otolaryngology

Dr. Abie Mendelsohn is an Assistant Professor at the UCLA Voice Center, part of the UCLA Head and Neck Surgery Department of the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Mendelsohn graduated with honors from Yeshiva University followed by his medical school education at UCLA. Following his surgical residency training at UCLA, he went on to complete two advanced voice fellowships.


OB/GYN

Zain A. Al-Safi, MD

Zain A. Al-Safi, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Dr. Zain Al-Safi is Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed his residency training at Wayne State University, Michigan, where he received many awards. He also served as the Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Al-Safi completed fellowship subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and infertility at the University of Colorado. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Kathleen M. Brennan, MD

Kathleen M. Brennan, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Tamara Grisales, MD

Tamara Grisales, MD

Urogynecology| Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery| Gynecology

Dr. Tamara Grisales, Assistant Clinical Professor of OBGYN. Dr. Grisales completed residency in OBGYN and a fellowship with Urogynecology Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA. Since starting her practice at UCLA in 2014, she has had an interest in providing care to the LGBTQ community. She has a non-obstetric practice and sees patient for both gynecologic and urogynecologic care. 

Lindsay L. Kroener, MD

Lindsay L. Kroener, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Dr. Lindsay Kroener is an Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/Gyn in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UCLA. She is passionate about women's health and provides comprehensive, personalized care in the area of reproductive medicine and infertility. After graduating from Northwestern University, she completed her medical degree at USC Keck School of Medicine and her Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship at UCLA

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Valentina M. Rodriguez, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology| Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Dr. Valentina Rodriguez-Triana is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA. Dr. Rodriguez- Triana attended college at the Johns Hopkins University, and completed medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She did her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA, where she later stayed as faculty. 


Plastic Surgery

Andrew L. Da Lio, MD

Andrew L. Da Lio, MD

Plastic Surgery

Dr. Andrew Da Lio is Clinical Professor and Chief in the UCLA Division of Plastic Surgery. He earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Michigan. He completed his residency in general surgery at the prestigious Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and matched into the plastic surgery residency program at the USC Keck School of Medicine. After finishing his residency training, he elected to complete an additional subspecialty fellowship in microvascular surgery at UCLA

Justine C. Lee, MD, PhD

Justine C. Lee, MD, PhD

Plastic Surgery

Dr. Justine Lee is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the UCLA Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Bernard G. Sarnat Endowed Chair in Craniofacial Biology. She graduated from the University of Chicago with both an MD and a PhD. She subsequently completed her Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at the University of Chicago followed by a Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship at UCLA.

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Wayne H. Ozaki, MD, DDS

Plastic Surgery

Dr. Wayne Ozaki Dr. Wayne Ozaki is a board certified plastic surgeon, who specializes in pediatric, craniofacial and cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. Dr. Ozaki was born and raised in Anaheim, California. He received his undergraduate and dental school education at the University of Southern California. He graduated as valedictorian of his Dental School class in 1988. 

George H. Rudkin, MD

George H. Rudkin, MD

Plastic Surgery

Dr. George Rudkin is a Clinical Professor and training program director of Plastic Surgery at UCLA, and the Chief of the Plastic Surgery service at the West Los Angeles Veteran Hospital. Dr Rudkin completed his training in both General and Plastic Surgery at UCLA, and has been on staff since 1998.  Dr Rudkin’s clinical interests include performing transgender top surgery.

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Ginger C. Slack, MD

Plastic Surgery

Dr. Ginger Slack is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA Division of Plastic Surgery. She received her medical degree and completed an integrated Plastic Surgery Residency at UCLA, and an additional fellowship year in Reconstructive Microsurgery. Dr. Slack's areas of clinical expertise include breast reconstruction (offering implant-based, tissue-based, and microsurgical breast reconstruction procedures), general oncologic reconstruction, and lower extremity reconstruction


Urology

Mark S. Litwin, MD

Mark S. Litwin, MD

Urology| Urologic Oncology

Dr. Mark Litwin is Co-Director of the UCLA Gender Health Program and Professor of Urology, Public Health, and Nursing. He is also Chair of UCLA Urology. Dr. Litwin did his surgical training at Harvard and specializes in testicular, bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer. Dr. Litwin’s research focuses on improving quality of care and quality of life in urologic oncology.

Jesse N. Mills, MD

Jesse N. Mills, MD

Andrology| Urology

Dr. Jesse Mills is Associate Clinical Professor of Urology. Dr. Mills received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed his urology residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a fellowship in microsurgery and male reproductive medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a national proctor for penile prosthetic surgery and a national expert in Peyronie’s Disease.

Gladys Y. Ng, MD, MPH

Gladys Y. Ng, MD, MPH

Trauma and Reconstructive Urology| Urology

Dr. Gladys Ng is Surgical Director of the UCLA Gender Health Program and Assistant Professor of Urology. She did her surgical training at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and fellowship training in genitourinary reconstruction at Emory University.  Dr. Ng specializes in general adult urology, minimally invasive surgery, and pelvic medicine reconstruction with a focus on male genitourinary reconstruction.


Affiliated Institutions

J. Brian Boyd, MD

J. Brian Boyd, MD

Plastic Surgery| Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Dr. J. Brian Boyd is Professor of Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine and Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He grew up in Manchester, England. After attaining a W.H. Rhodes scholarship to Canada he attended Liverpool Medical School. He trained in general surgery in England and then plastic surgery in Canada at the University of Toronto. As a surgeon at Toronto General Hospital, he developed a novel method of phalloplasty (the ‘cricket bat’ flap)


LGBTQ Healthcare Fellow

Rebecca C. Rada, DO, MBA

Rebecca C. Rada, DO, MBA

Family Medicine

Dr. Rebecca Rada (she/her/hers) is the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Fellow. She received her Osteopathic Medical Degree from Kansas City University and her MBA in Healthcare Leadership from Rockhurst University, Helzberg School of Management. She completed her Family Medicine residency at St. Louis University in 2021. Her clinical interests include transgender care, LGBTQ+ primary care, HIV/AIDs, and STI prevention and treatment. 


Care Coordination

Christopher Mann, MSW & ASW

Christopher Mann, MSW, ASW

Program Manager

Chris Mann (he/they), the UCLA Gender Health Program Manager, completed his Master of Social Welfare degree at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs where he focused on issues affecting LGBTQ+ identified older adults and was co-chair for the Luskin Pride LGBTQ Caucus. Since starting his position with the UCLA Gender Health Program, he helped spearhead UCLA Health’s inaugural participation in West Hollywood Pride as well as shaped LGBTQ trainings and presentations for the UCLA Health System

Ethan Alexander Patron

Ethan A. Patron

Care Coordinator

Ethan Alexander Patron (he/they), the UCLA Gender Health Care Coordinator, is an advocate for Transgender and Gender Variant communities in Los Angeles. Ethan played a pivotal role in the growth and expansion of the Transgender Health Program at St. John’s Well Child & Family Center as a Patient Advocate and Intake Coordinator.