Gender dysphoria is a condition in which someone’s experienced gender does not match the gender other people assign to him or her. Without proper care and support, adolescents with gender dysphoria are at increased risk of depression, suicide, sexually transmitted diseases and physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The Gender Health Program at Riley at IU Health strives to prevent these problems and promotes the well-being of your child.
The Gender Health Program offers comprehensive support to children, teens and young adults who have experienced gender dysphoria for longer than six months and who may or may not desire to become a different gender. We are the only gender health program in Indiana serving patients under age 21.
Members of our gender health team include adolescent medicine doctors, pediatricians, pediatric urologists, pediatric endocrinologists, psychologists and social workers. Each member of the team understands and supports our patients, serving their emotional, mental and physical health needs. We will respect the identity of your child and offer a safe space to find care.
We will create an individualized care plan to help your child feel safe, healthy and supported. We will assist your child as they make a decision about whether to transition into a different gender and will offer care for each stage of transition.
Our services include (but are not limited to):
Our social workers also help ensure that patients live in a safer environment and can find the community resources they need to live well.
Doctors at Riley at IU Health strive to provide the care patients need to feel understood and supported. Learn more about the doctors with the Gender Health Program.
The Gender Health Program at Riley at IU Health provides the following forms for parents, healthcare providers and personnel. We have also curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related departments.
Doctors with the Gender Health Program provide education for all medical professionals about gender dysphoria, transforming the way patients are treated across Indiana. We work with primary care providers from all around the state to help children, teens and adolescents receive the support they need for a healthy life. To refer a patient, please call 317.274.8812.
From medical student rotations to fellowships in adolescent medicine, Riley at IU Health offers opportunities for the next generation of doctors to learn about culturally competent care.