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Ruth K Weinberg, M.D., Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center


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Name: Ruth K Weinberg, M.D.
Name of Practice: Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center
Address: 2855 Valmont Rd
Phone: 303-442-5160
Email: info@bvwhc.org
Website: www.boulderwomenshealth.org
Medical Credentials: M.D.
Medical Specialty: Gynecology

Does your practice bill private insurance? yes

Does your practice accept the following?
Child Health Plan + (CHP+): no
Medicaid: yes
Medicare: yes
      Please explain any limitations:

Do you have a sliding fee scale for patients with limited resources? yes

Do you have experience working with the following?
Trans* children (under 12): no
Trans* youth (12-18): no
Trans* men (adults): yes
     Trans* women (adults): yes
     Trans* elders (0ver 65 years): no
Gender non-conforming, genderqueer, non-binary: yes

Do you provide hormone blocker therapy for pre-pubescent or pubescent children? no

Do you provide hormone therapy for trans* adults? yes

Do you provide hormone therapy for children/youth under age 16? no

Do you have experience with alternative delivery methods (e.g. patch, cream, sublingual) and/or non-standard dosing? yes

If you do not currently provide trans* hormone therapy, are you willing to work with patients or an experienced provider to provide this service? n/a

If you provide hormone therapy, what protocol do you follow?
We follow WPATH Standards of Care (7 ed.) guidelines which recommend assessment and a letter from a mental health provider. Our reasons for this requirement are explained on our website under transgender services. We have a list of local mental health providers who we can recommend to patients.

Do you have information on non-medical resources (e.g. legal services, mental health) to which patients can be referred? yes

Would you be interested in having another health care provider act as a mentor to you in gaining competence in working with trans* patients? no, as I have been working with Dr Wegleitner, who is experienced in trans care, as my mentor.

Does your practice have inclusive paperwork (e.g. list more than male and female as gender options, allow a place for preferred name, etc.)?
Paper files: yes
Electronic health records: no

Does your practice have a system for recording preferred name and pronoun of patients and communicating that to staff, especially scheduling/appointment and reception staff? yes

Does your practice have all-gender or gender-neutral restrooms? yes

Do you have anything in your physical environment that would be welcoming to a trans* person (i.e. brochures, pamphlets, magazines, pictures that relate to trans* people/issues)? yes

Does your practice have an inclusive non-discrimination policy (includes gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation)? If yes, how is this communicated? yes, it’s written in our mission and core values and is displayed in our reception area.

Do you have a way of protecting the confidentiality of a patient’s trans* status? yes, our electronic medical records can be accessed by other clinics in our system. If a patient requests confidentiality from other clinics, we can create a separate confidential chart just for trans care with us that cannot be accessed by other clinics. There is a system-wide rule that a patient’s chart is not to be accessed by anyone unless needed for patient care.

Have you and your staff attended training or had other education on providing services to trans* patients?
Person responding to survey: yes
Other clinical staff: yes
Scheduling/appointment staff: yes
Reception/front office staff: yes

Please describe the training noted above, if applicable.
I have attended trainings in the Boulder area and read through and practiced according to WPATH Standards of Care and the Endocrine Society Guidelines. The general clinic staff has participated in in-house trainings and presentations by trans* people.

Is there any concern about patients encountering staff members who are not experienced in working with trans* persons? yes, occasionally there might be a new staff member who might not be as experienced with trans* persons. If there is any problem, the clinic assistant working with Dr. Weinberg can be requested or contacted.

What are your requirements for a trans* client seeking services?
Lower age limit: yes, 18
  1 or more letters: yes, 1
Diagnosis of gender identity disorder:
Time on hormones:
Real life experience:
Other: per the WPATH Standards of Care

Which of the following surgical procedure can you offer to patients?
      Body contouring (feminine):
      Body contouring (masculine):     Breast augmentation:
      Breast removal (top surgery):
      Facial feminization surgery (FFS):
      Hysterectomy:
      Metoidioplasty:
      Orchiectomy only:
      Phalloplasty and related procedures:
      Tracheal shave:
      Vaginoplasty and related procedures:

Which procedures do you have experience performing for trans* patients?
      Body contouring (feminine):
      Body contouring (masculine):     Breast augmentation:
      Breast removal (top surgery):
      Facial feminization surgery (FFS):
      Hysterectomy:
      Metoidioplasty:
      Orchiectomy only:
      Phalloplasty and related procedures:
      Tracheal shave:
      Vaginoplasty and related procedures:

If relevant, how would a potential patient access those photos?

Will you perform surgeries for persons who identify as genderqueer (i.e. beyond male or female)?

Do you perform surgeries in a hospital or a surgery center?

Do you charge for a consultation?

Do you charge for revisions, if necessary?

Do you offer prenatal services for trans* patients? no