Vanderbilt University Medical Center is commited to a welcoming and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) patients. We've earned a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Index for the past 6 years.

Our Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health connects patients with specially trained LGBTI providers and helps ensure outstanding medical care in an atmosphere of compassion and respect. 

LGBTI Health: Why Choose Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a national leader in LGBTI patient care including cultural competency training, research and education.

  • Training and accreditation: our unique training program creates a network of doctors across the medical center specially certified to care for LGBTI patients
  • Gender-affirming transgender health services: this includes Trans Buddy, our groundbreaking program offering transgender individuals an advocate to support their medical care
  • Dedicated expertise in HIV care and PrEP
  • Innovation and national leadership in health care quality for LGBTI patients

LGBTI Health Services

LGBTI patients may face a greater chance of inadequate health care, certain medical problems and chronic diseases, and higher rates of mental health conditions such as depression. Our program helps LGBTI individuals with:

  • Finding LGBTI-competent providers
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Intersex health
  • Transgender health
  • HIV care and PrEP
  • Cancer
  • Mental health

Trans Buddy Program

Vanderbilt’s Trans Buddy program is the first of its kind in the U.S. Trans Buddy advocates help our LGBTI patients navigate their medical care and improve their overall patient experience. The Trans Buddy program does not provide or influence medical services, financial assistance or other support services outside Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Trans Buddy advocates can help with:

  • Scheduling primary care or clinic appointments
  • Accessing emergency or acute care on an on-call basis [What does this mean?]
  • Accessing gender-transition-related care, including cross-gender hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgical procedures.

To request a Trans Buddy advocate, call (615) 326-5185

LGBTI-competent Providers

We can help you locate LGBTI-competent providers within Vanderbilt University Medical Center and our affiliated clinics. Call (615) 936-3879 to reach one of our team members.