Transgender expert Asa Radix to give May 7 VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture

Asa Radix, MD, MPH, FACP, an internationally recognized medical expert and researcher on the health needs of transgender and LGBTQ people, will give the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) Dean’s Diversity Lecture on Monday, May 7, noon-1 p.m., in VUSN’s Nursing Annex room 155.

Asa Radix, MDThe lecture, “Transgender Health — 2018 Update,” is open to the Vanderbilt community, but space is limited. Lecture attendees may order a box lunch for the event here.

“Dr. Radix’s mix of clinical and research experience made him our top choice to speak to our students and faculty,” said VUSN Dean Linda D. Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN, the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing. “He provides healthcare to transgender people every day and thus can speak to specific health needs in this population. He can also address the cultural competence issues that can either lead transgender people to feel comfortable with a health care provider or make them reluctant to seek health care due to fear of discrimination or lack of sensitivity to an individual’s needs.”

Radix is the senior director of research and education and clinical director of transgender health at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, the largest specialist provider of health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in New York City. Radix is also a clinical associate professor of medicine at New York University.

Radix currently co-chairs the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care revision committee, which will soon release updated guidelines for the care of transgender people. He has published widely in the field of transgender health and assisted in developing guidelines for organizations that include the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization and the Asa Pacific Transgender Network.

His research interests include transgender clinical care and research, LGBTQ health care, cultural competence for medical providers, HIV and infectious diseases. Originally from the West Indies, Radix trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Connecticut and later completed postgraduate qualifications in tropical medicine and public health in the United Kingdom.

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series was established in 2016. It explores the diversity of backgrounds, cultures, ideas and viewpoints in our world today. It seeks to equip students, faculty, staff and other community members with the knowledge and understanding needed to lead nursing forward in a global society.