The Gender Surgery Program B.C., including the Gender Surgery Clinic, opened at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) in September 2019, making VGH Western Canada's only hospital performing lower gender-affirming surgeries for transgender and gender-diverse people.
The Gender Surgery Program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of health care providers and surgical specialists devoted to providing high-quality gender-affirming treatment and surgical care. Patients will receive care through the Gender Surgery Clinic through their entire surgical journey, including pre- and post-operative care, until discharged to their primary care provider.
The Gender Surgery Program offers both feminizing and masculinizing procedures consistent with the guidelines established by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH).
chest masculinization (mastectomy, also called top surgery)
penile and testicular implant surgery
All procedures will be performed at surgical sites in Vancouver.
**For breast construction and mastectomy referrals go through the central waitlist at Trans Care BC.
Clinic hours will be Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pay parking is available at our two visitor lots located on the VGH campus:
Dr. Genoway is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. She completed her medical school and residency training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of British Columbia. She then completed a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery with a sub-specialty focus on providing gender-affirming surgical care in San Francisco, California. Dr. Genoway began offering upper chest surgery, including chest contouring and breast construction (augmentation), in 2016, and masculinizing and feminizing lower surgery in 2019. She is a clinical instructor in the Department of Surgery at the University of B.C.
Dr. Kavanagh is a reconstructive urologist certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He completed medical school at the University of Calgary and a Master of Public Health at Harvard University. His urologic residency was completed at UBC, and he has since completed a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery in Houston, as well as a fellowship in male urethral and pelvic reconstruction with Dr. Sanjay Kulkarni. Dr. Kavanagh has also completed visiting fellowships at several centres of excellence in gender-affirming surgery, including Crane and Brownstein Surgical (Drs. Curtis Crane and Richard Santucci), the New York Langone School of Medicine (Dr. Lee Zhao) and Mount Sinai Hospital (Dr. Ting).