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Panel 3: Transition related surgeries – Post-operative complications in primary health care

Moderator: Dr. Amy Bourns (she/her)

Since completing an Enhanced Skills Residency program in 2SLGBTQ health, Dr. Amy Bourns has practiced comprehensive primary care at Sherbourne Health in Toronto, ON. Taking an avid interest in expanding provider capacity in caring for trans and non-binary patients, Amy’s contributions include authorship of Sherbourne Health’s Guidelines for Gender-affirming Primary Care.


Presenter: Emery Potter (they/them), Nurse Practitioner, Women’s College Hospital

Emery Potter is a Nurse Practitioner in the Transition Related Surgery program at Women’s College Hospital and an adjunct lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Emery is passionate about improving health care services for trans, non-binary and gender diverse communities.

Description: This session will briefly review vaginoplasty, the expected post-operative course as well as common post-operative complications. Throughout the presentation, there will be a description of the assessment of symptoms and managing common complications.

Participant Learning Objectives:

  • Improve your awareness of potential complications following vaginoplasty.
  • Increase your ability to assess potential complications following vaginoplasty.
  • Improved understanding of management strategies for common complications following vaginoplasty.


Presenter: Dr. Jordan Goodridge (he/him), Family Physician, Sherbourne Health

Dr. Jordan Goodridge is a Family Physician at the Sherbourne Health Centre, where he has a focused practice in LGBTQ+ Health. He has a strong interest in sexual health and transgender health education, including through leading seminars in transgender health through Rainbow Health Ontario and CAMH’s ECHO program.

Description: I will briefly outline common post-operative complications in masculinizing surgeries, describe how to assess concerning symptoms, and manage common complications.

Participant Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn common post-operative complications, how to assess and manage.
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