Surgery in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Community: Patient Care and Physician Experience (CC)

This session has been identified and designated as Credit to Address Regulatory Mandate for Cultural Competency. Learn more about state regulatory mandates.

Session Description

The LGBTQ community is designated as a health-disparity population and many reforms have been placed to help improve the disparity. Many issues still exist that need to be addressed as awareness for the unique medical needs of this population is lacking in medical schools and residency programs. A significant number of physicians and other health care providers have reported being socially ostracized or denied referrals due to sexual orientation and gender identity. Discriminatory language or treatment toward LGBTQ patients and colleagues have also been reported, leading to withholding this personal information for fear of being denied a position. This panel will explore pertinent issues in LGBTQ health and how they affect patient care and interaction of LGBTQ providers with the medical community.

Moderator: Babatunde H. Almaroof, MBBS, FACS, Flint, MI

Co-Moderator: Michaela A. West, MD, PhD, FACS, Minneapolis, MN


LGBTQ ABCs: Introduction
Michaela A. West, MD, PhD, FACS, Minneapolis, MN

Navigating a Career in Surgery as a Gay Man
Thomas S. Satterwhite, MD, Emerald Hills, CA

Challenges Faced by Lesbian Surgeons
Andrea Long, MD, FACS, Fresno, CA

Creating a Culture of Radical Inclusion
Laurie J. Punch, MD, FACS, St. Louis, MO

Audience Questions and Answers
Babatunde H. Almaroof, MBBS, FACS, Flint, MI

Sponsored by the Committee on Diversity Issues and the Committee on Continuous Professional Development

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. For additional information, please visit the ACCME website.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Faculty and Disclosures

Andrea Long MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Babatunde H. Almaroof MBBS, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Laurie J. Punch, MD, FACS - Acelity, KCI: Honorarium: Consultant and educator
Michaela A. West MD, PhD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Thomas S. Satterwhite MD - Nothing to Disclose

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.5 credits meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

American College of Surgeons and ACGME Logos

Note: Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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