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

Erin Baroni, MD

Erin Baroni, MD

Pediatrics| Internal Medicine

Dr. Baroni, Clinical Instructor of UCLA Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, is engaged in equity, diversity, & inclusion efforts. She completed her internal medicine-pediatrics residency at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where she was awarded an American Academy of Pediatrics CATCH grant to work with LGBTQ+ youth healthcare engagement. Dr. Baroni specializes in the unique healthcare needs of sexual and gender minority communities and welcomes them in her practice. 

Ryan A. Clagg, MD

Ryan A. Clagg, MD

Pediatrics| Internal Medicine

Dr. Clagg is a UCLA primary care physician practicing in Burbank since 2020. He is double board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, treating both adults and children. Dr. Clagg received his medical degree from Marshall University. He completed residency training in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Marshall. In addition to providing primary care to all ages, he enjoys serving the LGBTQ+ community by providing gender-affirming hormone treatment for his adult patients.

Daniela Delgado, MD

Daniela Delgado, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Delgado is a primary care physician with a special interest in transgender health. She also focuses on adolescent health, PrEP, and gynecological care. She is board certified in family medicine and sees patients of all ages. Dr. Delgado is also an Assistant Professor 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. She is a native Spanish speaker. 

John D. Fernandez, MD

John D. Fernandez, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. 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. 

Theresa Anne Poulos, MD

Theresa Anne Poulos, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Poulos is a primary care physician at UCLA Health. She completed her undergraduate degree in Economics and Art History at Duke University and earned her medical degree from UCSF School of Medicine. She completed Family Medicine residency at UCLA and then joined on as faculty. Dr. Poulos’s clinical interests include adult and pediatric primary care, preventive medicine, and LGBTQ+ health, including primary care for transgender and gender-diverse patients.

Rebecca C. Rada, DO, MBA

Rebecca C. Rada, DO, MBA

Family Medicine

Dr. Rada (they/them) is a queer, non-binary primary care physician who practices in Beverly Hills. They are a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine and were the 2021-2022 UCLA LGBT+ Fellow. Their clinical interests include caring for transgender and gender diverse patients, including hormone initiation/management, LGBTQ+ primary care, PrEP, and STI management. They see youth, adolescents, and adults for their Gender Health needs.

Noah J. Ravenborg, MD

Noah J. Ravenborg, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. Ravenborg is a Clinical Instructor of Internal Medicine and a primary care physician at UCLA Health. 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. He has experience in HIV primary care, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), STD prevention and treatment, and initiation and management of gender-affirming hormones. 

Amy K. Weimer, MD

Amy K. Weimer, MD

Pediatrics| Internal Medicine

Dr. Weimer is Co-Director of the UCLA Gender Health Program, Associate Professor of UCLA Medicine–Pediatrics. She completed her residency in internal medicine & pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She was chief resident in internal medicine & spent several years practicing general primary care before joining UCLA faculty. She became deeply interested in health care for transgender & gender-diverse patients & founded the UCLA Gender Health Program in 2016. 


Anesthesiology

Christine T. Nguyen-Buckley, MD

Christine T. Nguyen-Buckley, MD

Anesthesiology

Dr. Nguyen-Buckley is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. She attended Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Nguyen-Buckley completed residency at UCLA followed by liver transplant anesthesiology fellowship. She is working on an Anesthesiology Department project on improving care of patients with gender health diagnoses through physician and nurse education.


Behavioral Health

Jessica M. Bernacki, PhD

Jessica M. Bernacki, PhD

Pediatric Psychology

Dr. Bernacki, a licensed clinical psychologist, joined the Department of Medicine in 2013. She is the UCLA Gender Health Program Director of Behavioral Health and was the founding psychologist in 2016. She provides consultation, assessment, and therapy to gender diverse individuals of all ages. Her clinical and research interests include gender affirmative care, youth with differences of sex development/intersex traits, and evidence-based services in primary care settings. 

Marco A. Hidalgo, PhD, MA

Marco A. Hidalgo, PhD, MA

Pediatric Psychology| Clinical Psychology

Dr. Hidalgo is a licensed clinical psychologist, researcher, and Associate Professor of Medicine-Pediatrics at UCLA. He completed his 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. 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. Ollen, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, has extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ youth & families. She practices from the Gender Affirmative Model & provides guidance around healthy identity development. She is involved in research & development of therapeutic interventions to foster resiliency. She has experience using evidence-based treatment for youth with disruptive, mood, & anxiety disorders in community, hospital-based outpatient, & inpatient settings. 

Natalia Ramos, MD, MPH

Natalia Ramos, MD, MPH

Psychiatry

Dr. 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 an Assistant Clinical Professor 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 the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Ahern has a general Endocrinology practice at UCLA and has a special interest in caring for gender-diverse populations. 

Aarthi Arasu, MD

Aarthi Arasu, MD

Endocrinology

Dr. 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. Grock (she/hers) was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her medical degree from University of Southern California. 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. Dr. Grock joined the UCLA faculty in 2017. Her clinical practice has a focus on hormone therapy and gender health. 

Stanley G. Korenman, MD

Stanley G. Korenman, MD

Endocrinology

Dr. Korenman is a Professor of Endocrinology at UCLA. He graduated from Princeton University and medical school at Columbia. He trained in Internal Medicine at Bellevue & Memorial Hospitals in New York. He is the Associate Dean for Ethics and directs the Ethics program of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute. Dr. Korenman’s practice specializes in reproductive endocrinology including the endocrine aspects of gender transition and maintenance.  


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. Chhetri is Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and a Laryngologist, specializing in voice disorders, swallowing disorders, & airway disorders. He graduated magna cum laude in Biochemistry from Brown University, & his MD from UCLA School of Medicine. He remained at UCLA for his Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency and Fellowship in Laryngology. He has been consistently funded by the NIH for his research in the topic of neuromuscular control of the larynx and voice disorders.

Natalie E. Kadin, MD

Natalie E. Kadin, MD

Otolaryngology

Dr. Kadin is an Assistant Professor of the Head and Neck Surgery Department of the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Kadin graduated from medical school at Mount Sinai in New York and completed surgical residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Kadin completed fellowship training in voice surgery at UCLA. She strives to create a supportive environment for patients and provide comprehensive care of the ear, nose, throat, and voice for the transgender and gender-diverse community.

Abie Mendelsohn, MD

Abie Mendelsohn, MD

Otolaryngology

Dr. Abie Mendelsohn is an Associate Professor and a laryngologist, specializing in disorders of the throat and voice box. He graduated Yeshiva University with honors then attended UCLA medical school. He completed two surgical fellowships for the care of voice disorders as well as studying minimally invasive approaches to the throat. For his gender patients Dr. Mendelsohn has pioneered a scar-less option for tracheal shave surgery and is a leader in vocal masculinizing and feminizing surgeries.


OB/GYN

Zain A. Al-Safi, MD

Zain A. Al-Safi, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Dr. Al-Safi is Associate Professor in OBGYN. He completed his residency training at Wayne State University and served as the Administrative Chief Resident. He completed fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Colorado. He provides fertility preservation care for transgender patients. His clinical interests include infertility, oncofertility, reproductive surgery, recurrent pregnancy loss, and reproductive hormones disorders.

Kathleen M. Brennan, MD

Kathleen M. Brennan, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Dr. Brennan is a Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Interim Division Chief, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Brennan completed her medical degree at University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and her obstetrics & gynecology residency at UCLA School of Medicine and a reproductive endocrinology fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine.

Tamara Grisales, MD

Tamara Grisales, MD

Urogynecology| Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery| Gynecology

Dr. Grisales is Associate 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. Kroener is an Asst. Clinical Professor of UCLA OBGYN, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. She graduated from Northwestern University, completed her medical degree at USC Keck School of Medicine and her OBGYN Residency & Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellowship at UCLA. Her primary clinical interests are infertility management & treatment, recurrent pregnancy loss, polycystic ovarian syndrome, & fertility preservation for a wide range of patients.

Valentina M. Rodriguez, MD

Valentina M. Rodriguez, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology| Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Dr. Rodriguez-Triana is an Associate Clinical Professor of Ob/Gyn at UCLA. She attended The Johns Hopkins University for undergraduate school and received her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her Ob/Gyn residency at UCLA. She specializes in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, with a particular focus on fibroid management and gender- affirmation surgery. She also offers routine office gynecologic and obstetric care for all patients. 


Plastic Surgery

Andrew L. Da Lio, MD

Andrew L. Da Lio, MD

Plastic Surgery

Dr. 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

Michael R. DeLong, MD

Michael R. DeLong, MD

Plastic Surgery

Dr. DeLong is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the UCLA Division of Plastic Surgery.  He completed medical school at Duke University, followed by a six-year integrated residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery and a microsurgery fellowship to develop expertise in complex reconstruction at UCLA. His clinical interests and expertise include breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, orthopedic reconstruction, gender affirmation, and face, breast, and body cosmetics.

Justine C. Lee, MD, PhD

Justine C. Lee, MD, PhD

Plastic Surgery

Dr. Lee is the Bernard G. Sarnat Endowed Chair in Craniofacial Biology and Associate Chief of the UCLA Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is a craniofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who developed the facial gender affirmation surgery program at UCLA. Dr. Lee’s gender health research program is dedicated to improving outcomes and access in facial gender-affirming surgery. 

Wayne Ozaki, MD, DDS

Wayne Ozaki, MD, DDS

Plastic Surgery

Dr. Ozaki is a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery and a member of UCLA’s gender health program who specializes in gender affirming facial surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Ozaki is the Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry at UCLA. He also serves as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Olive View- UCLA Medical Center. 

George H. Rudkin, MD

George H. Rudkin, MD

Plastic Surgery

Dr. 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. He 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.  


Urology

Mark S. Litwin, MD

Mark S. Litwin, MD

Urology| Urologic Oncology

Dr. Litwin is Co-Director of the UCLA Gender Health Program, Chair & Professor of UCLA Urology, Professor of Public Health and Nursing. Dr. Litwin specializes in testicular, bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer. His research focuses on improving quality of care in urologic oncology. A former board member of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, he directs IMPACT, a state-funded program providing free medical care statewide for low-income, uninsured men with prostate cancer. 

Jesse N. Mills, MD

Jesse N. Mills, MD

Andrology| Urology

Dr. Mills is the Clinical Professor of Urology at UCLA. He is a national proctor for penile prosthetic surgery and a national expert in Peyronie’s Disease. Dr. Mills is a leader in fertility preservation in the UCLA Gender Health Program, providing medical care to transgender individuals seeking gender affirming care.  As a male reproductive medicine specialist, he also has extensive experience counseling patients on sperm freezing prior to male to female gender affirmation surgery.

Gladys Y. Ng, MD, MPH

Gladys Y. Ng, MD, MPH

Trauma and Reconstructive Urology| Urology

Dr. Ng is Surgical Director of the UCLA Gender Health Program and Associate 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. 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)


Care Coordination

Kohandel-Shirazi

Keymeia Kohandel-Shirazi

MSW Intern

Keymeia Kohandel-Shirazi (she/they), is the 2022-23 MSW Intern for the UCLA Gender Health Program Care Coordination team. They are currently pursuing their Masters of Social Welfare at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. They are focused on supporting patients by completing intakes collaboratively and providing community resources. They will also work alongside first-year medical students to ensure future generations of providers are well-versed in patient centered gender-affirming care.

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 at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. They have helped spearhead the development and expansion of the UCLA Gender Health Program since 2017 and have also advocated for broad health system changes that promote LGBTQ+ health equity and visibility across the UCLA Health enterprise. 

Ethan Alexander Patron

Ethan A. Patron

Care Coordinator

Ethan Alexander Patron (he/they), Care Coordinator, advocates for Trans and Gender Variant communities in Los Angeles. He played a pivotal role in the growth and expansion of the Trans Health Program at St. John’s Well Child & Family Center as a Patient Advocate and Intake Coordinator. He provides a patient center approach, helps patients reach their goals by conducting patient intakes and provides appropriate referrals to the services they may need. 

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Ellisone Punzalan, MHA, MBA

Care Coordinator

Ellisone Punzalan is a Care Coordinator at the UCLA Gender Health Program who has many years of experience working in the health insurance industry. Prior to joining the Gender Health Program, Ellisone worked alongside multiple Gender Health primary care providers in Santa Monica, providing administrative support for both primary care and gender health patients.