Current Environment:

Our research

Research is an integral part of the Center for Gender Surgery. As we continue to grow, we will be investigating various facets of gender identity and gender affirmation procedures. Our areas of interest include:

  • improving access to gender-affirming surgical options for transgender and gender non-conforming people
  • the intersection between fertility intentions among transgender and gender non-confirming young adults and their decision-making around surgical and medical gender affirmation procedures
  • the extent of the unmet need for gender-affirming medical and surgical procedures among gender-diverse people in New England
  • educational interventions to facilitate a patient's ability to effectively care for themselves after gender-affirming surgical procedures
  • how experiences with medical providers affect the ways that transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families engage with preventive care

Recent publications

Our center publishes papers on a variety of topics related to gender. Recent publications include:

Almazan A, Boskey ER, Labow B, Ganor O (2019) Insurance policy trends for breast surgery in cisgender women, cisgender men, and transgender men. Plastic and Reproductive Surgery. 144(2):334e-336e.

Boskey ER, Taghinia AH, Ganor O (2019) Self-assessment of clinical competence with LGBT patients at a pediatric hospital. Social Work in Health Care. 58(6)547-56.

Ganor O, Taghinia AH, Diamond DA, Boskey ER (2019) Piloting a genital affirmation surgical priorities scale for transmasculine patients. Transgender Health. 2019; 4(1):270-6.

Boskey ER, Ganor O (2019) Women's college admissions and retention policies pertaining to transgender students: a comprehensive analysis. Journal of LGBT Youth.

Boskey ER, Jolly D, Semnack M, Tobias A, Ganor O (2019) Congruence is not cosmetic: denials of nipple grafts for chest reconstruction surgery. Plastic and Reproductive Surgery Global Open. 7(4): e2145.

Boskey ER, Johnson J, Harrison C, Marron JM, Abecassis L, Scobie-Carroll A, Willard J, Diamond DA, Taghinia AH, Ganor O (2019) Ethical issues considered when establishing a pediatric gender surgery center. Pediatrics. 143(6):pii:e20183503

Cuccolo NG, Kang CO, Boskey ER, Ibrahim AMS, Blankensteijn LL, Taghinia A, Lee BT, Lin SJ, Ganor O. (2019) Mastectomy in transgender and cisgender patients: a comparative analysis of demographic characteristics and postoperative outcomes. Plastic and Reproductive Surgery Global Open 7(6):e2316

Cuccolo NG, Kang CO, Boskey ER, Ibrahim AMS, Blankensteijn LL, Taghinia A, Lee BT, Lin SJ, Ganor O. (2019) Masculinizing chest reconstruction in transgender and nonbinary individuals: an analysis of epidemiology, surgical technique, and postoperative outcomes. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Cuccolo NG, Kang CO, Boskey ER, Ibrahim AMS, Blankensteijn LL, Taghinia AH, Lee BY, Lin SJ, Ganor O. Augmentation mammaplasty in transgender and cisgender patients: an analysis of patient demographics and postoperative outcomes. PRS Global Open. Accepted manuscript.

Ganor O, Jolly D, Cuccolo NG, Boskey ER (2019) Are prophylactic postoperative antibiotics necessary after masculinizing mastectomy with free nipple graft? A single-institution retrospective review. PRS Global Open. Accepted manuscript.

Boskey ER, Marron JM (2019) Identification before prescription: Necessary changes for the support of transgender youth. American Journal of Bioethics. 19(2):78-80. doi:10.1080/15265161.2018.155729

Boskey ER, Taghinia AT, Ganor O (2019) The Surgical Risk of Exogenous Hormone Use in Transgender Patients: A Systematic Review. JAMA Surgery. 154(2):159-69 doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.4598

Ganor O, Boskey ER (2019) Submitting Appropriately for Breast Surgery in Transmasculine Patients. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 143(1):254e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000005159

Boskey ER, Taghinia A, Ganor O. (2018) Public Accommodation Laws and Gender Panic in the Inpatient Setting. AMA J Ethics. 20(11):E1067-1074 doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2018.1067