EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Johns Hopkins University , 2000 , Baltimore , MD

Graduate Degree

  • Johns Hopkins School of Public Health , 2001 , Baltimore , MD

Graduate Degree

  • University of Louisville , 2015 , Louisville , KY

Philosophy of Care

I believe that people are the experts in their own lives, and that it is my primary role as a medical social worker to help people advocate for their own goals and decisions around medical care.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Elizabeth is a former college professor who went into social work because she wanted to combine her research with patient care. She is passionate about improving access to high-quality medical care for transgender children and adults.

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. "We're Moving in the Right Direction. Still a Long Way to Go": Experiences and Perceptions of the Climate for LGBTQ+ Employees at a Pediatric Hospital. J Homosex. 2021 Jun 11; 1-19. View abstract
  2. Breakthrough Bleeding in Transgender and Gender Diverse Adolescents and Young Adults on Long-Term Testosterone. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2021 Oct; 34(5):706-716. View abstract
  3. Gender-Affirming Surgeries in Transgender and Gender Diverse Adolescent and Young Adults: A Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Primer. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2021 Aug; 34(4):442-448. View abstract
  4. The role of androgens in clitorophallus development and possible applications to transgender patients. Andrology. 2021 Apr 08. View abstract
  5. "You never stop being a social worker:" Experiences of pediatric hospital social workers during the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Soc Work Health Care. 2021; 60(1):8-29. View abstract
  6. Legislation, Market Size, and Access to Gender-affirming Genital Surgery in the United States. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2021 Feb; 9(2):e3422. View abstract
  7. Use of the Subfascial Plane for Gender-affirming Breast Augmentation: A Case Series. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2021 Jan; 9(1):e3362. View abstract
  8. Is Clitoral Release Another Term for Metoidioplasty? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Metoidioplasty Surgical Technique and Outcomes. Sex Med. 2021 Feb; 9(1):100294. View abstract
  9. Barriers to Gender-affirming Surgery Consultations in a Sample of Transmasculine Patients in Boston, Mass. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020 Aug; 8(8):e3008. View abstract
  10. The Effect of Forearm Tattoos on Flap Choice in Transmasculine Phalloplasty Patients. MDM Policy Pract. 2020 Jan-Jun; 5(1):2381468320938740. View abstract
  11. New-Onset Abdominopelvic Pain After Initiation of Testosterone Therapy Among Trans-Masculine Persons: A Community-Based Exploratory Survey. LGBT Health. 2020 07; 7(5):248-253. View abstract
  12. Empowering Transmasculine Youth by Enhancing Reproductive Health Counseling in the Primary Care Setting. J Adolesc Health. 2020 06; 66(6):653-655. View abstract
  13. Associations Between Transgender Exclusion Prohibitions and Insurance Coverage of Gender-Affirming Surgery. LGBT Health. 2020 07; 7(5):254-263. View abstract
  14. How Should Decision-Sharing Roles Be Considered in Adolescent Gender Surgeries? AMA J Ethics. 2020 05 01; 22(5):E452-457. View abstract
  15. Behavioral Health Concerns and Eligibility Factors Among Adolescents and Young Adults Seeking Gender-Affirming Masculinizing Top Surgery. LGBT Health. 2020 May/Jun; 7(4):182-189. View abstract
  16. Are Prophylactic Postoperative Antibiotics Necessary after Masculinizing Mastectomy with Free Nipple Graft? A Single-institution Retrospective Review. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020 Jan; 8(1):e2615. View abstract
  17. Epidemiologic Characteristics and Postoperative Complications following Augmentation Mammaplasty: Comparison of Transgender and Cisgender Females. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019 Oct; 7(10):e2461. View abstract
  18. Piloting a Genital Affirmation Surgical Priorities Scale for Trans Masculine Patients. Transgend Health. 2019; 4(1):270-276. View abstract
  19. Masculinizing Chest Reconstruction in Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals: An Analysis of Epidemiology, Surgical Technique, and Postoperative Outcomes. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2019 12; 43(6):1575-1585. View abstract
  20. Insurance Policy Trends for Breast Surgery in Cisgender Women, Cisgender Men, and Transgender Men. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 08; 144(2):334e-336e. View abstract
  21. Mastectomy in Transgender and Cisgender Patients: A Comparative Analysis of Epidemiology and Postoperative Outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019 Jun; 7(6):e2316. View abstract
  22. Ethical Issues Considered When Establishing a Pediatrics Gender Surgery Center. Pediatrics. 2019 06; 143(6). View abstract
  23. Congruence Is Not Cosmetic: Denials of Nipple Grafts for Chest Reconstruction Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019 Apr; 7(4):e2145. View abstract
  24. Self-assessment of clinical competence with LGBT patients at a pediatric hospital. Soc Work Health Care. 2019 07; 58(6):547-556. View abstract
  25. Association of Surgical Risk With Exogenous Hormone Use in Transgender Patients: A Systematic Review. JAMA Surg. 2019 Feb 01; 154(2):159-169. View abstract
  26. Identification Before Prescription: Necessary Changes for the Support of Transgender Youth. Am J Bioeth. 2019 02; 19(2):78-80. View abstract
  27. Submitting Appropriately for Breast Surgery in Transmasculine Patients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 01; 143(1):254e. View abstract
  28. Public Accommodation Laws and Gender Panic in Clinical Settings. AMA J Ethics. 2018 11 01; 20(11):E1067-1074. View abstract
  29. Examining the Relationships Between Bone Tissue Composition, Compositional Heterogeneity, and Fragility Fracture: A Matched Case-Controlled FTIRI Study. J Bone Miner Res. 2016 05; 31(5):1070-81. View abstract
  30. Spirituality and Sexuality - When Religious Clients Present for Sex Therapy. Contemporary Sexuality. 2015. View abstract
  31. Understanding Transgender Identity Development in Childhood and Adolescence. American Journal of Sexuality Education. 2014; 4(9):445-63. View abstract
  32. Social and Medical Transitioning Options for Gender Non-Conforming Children. Contemporary Sexuality. 2013. View abstract
  33. Sexuality in the DSM5 - Research, Relevance, and Reaction. Contemporary Sexuality. 2013. View abstract
  34. Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Anheier HK, Juergenmeyer M, editors. Ch. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2012. View abstract
  35. Use of FTIR spectroscopic imaging to identify parameters associated with fragility fracture. J Bone Miner Res. 2009 Sep; 24(9):1565-71. View abstract
  36. Alternative therapies for bacterial vaginosis: a literature review and acceptability survey. Altern Ther Health Med. 2005 Sep-Oct; 11(5):38-43. View abstract
  37. Acceptability of a self-sampling technique to collect vaginal smears for gram stain diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis. Womens Health Issues. 2004 Jan-Feb; 14(1):14-8. View abstract
  38. A self-sampling method to obtain large volumes of undiluted cervicovaginal secretions. Sex Transm Dis. 2003 Feb; 30(2):107-9. View abstract
  39. Origins of vaginal acidity: high D/L lactate ratio is consistent with bacteria being the primary source. Hum Reprod. 2001 Sep; 16(9):1809-13. View abstract
  40. Acid production by vaginal flora in vitro is consistent with the rate and extent of vaginal acidification. Infect Immun. 1999 Oct; 67(10):5170-5. View abstract