Our goal is to make your transition as comfortable and easy as possible. Dr. Alter and his team, including the office and hospital staff, are committed to serving you during this exciting but anxious stage of your life.
Your choice of surgeons and program is determined by many factors including the credentials of the surgeon, the friendliness of the office and hospital staff, the location, and the price. We believe that our total package is the premier choice.
Your first priority is usually the skill and credentials of the surgeon.
Gary Alter, M.D. is one of the rare doctors (only a handful in the United States), who is certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Urology. He specializes in genital reconstruction and facial and body surgery for transgender patients. He has extensive experience in genital surgery including genital reassignment.
The office is located at 416 North Bedford Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills, approximately 30 minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport. Access to the office is very easy, and Beverly Hills obviously offers a wide range of hotels, shopping, and sightseeing.
THE OFFICE STAFF
Zena is the patient coordinator, who will deal directly with you to answer general questions, schedule appointments and surgery, and assist in travel arrangements. She has been working in plastic surgery for 15 years and understands the myriad of operations and options available to you. She has worked with transgender patients for years and understands their particular needs and desires.
You will find all my office staff very receptive to your needs.
Midway Hospital is a fully accredited 200 bed hospital located less than one mile from Beverly Hills, California. Most patients undergoing SRS surgery will have a private room in this modern comfortable hospital. The staff is very familiar with transsexual patients, so you can be at ease with them. They are familiar with caring for a wide range of patients including celebrities, politicians, and royalty, so your privacy will be assured.
THE SUMMIT SURGICENTER
The Summit Surgical Center is a fully accredited facility located within my office. This surgicenter is used for secondary genital surgery and most cosmetic procedures that can be performed as an outpatient. The highly professional, friendly staff is also very experienced caring for transgender patients. Anesthesia is performed by board certified anesthesiologists. After surgery, the patient can return home, to the hotel with a friend, family member, or trained attendant, or can enter a plastic surgery recovery hotel.
Dr. Alter follows the guidelines of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association. The guidelines are established to protect you from undergoing surgery unless you are prepared. We must receive letters from two therapists recommending you for the surgery. A therapist must be experienced with gender dysphoria patients and must have at least a one year relationship with you. The therapist must be a psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker with a master's degree.
If any questions arise as to your fulfilling the requirements, we request you be evaluated locally by
Christine Milrod, MA, MFT ag http://www.transgendercounseling.com
or The Gender Wellness of Los Angeles - http://www.genwell.org .
or The staff of Los Angeles Gender Center -