Vanderbilt University temporarily pauses gender reassignment for minors

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is suspending all permanent “gender confirmation surgery” for minors until further notice.

The International Medical Center will forego performing transgender surgeries on children that cannot be undone or regretted later in life, pending an internal review.

“On September 6, 2022, WPATH published a new version of its recommendations for healthcare professionals for treating transgender individuals, known as SOC-8,” the university wrote in a letter to legislators.

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The letter continued: “In light of these new recommendations, and as part of the completion of our internal clinical review of SOC-8 guidance in patients under 18, we will be seeking advice from local and national clinical experts. We are putting gender affirming surgeries on patients under the age of 18 are on hold while we complete this review, which could take several months.”

A lab technician works with culture media plates at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Photographer: Brett Carlsen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A lab technician works with culture media plates at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Photographer: Brett Carlsen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
(Photographer: Brett Carlsen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The statement comes amid calls by Tennessee lawmakers to investigate the clinic following a report by conservative activist Matt Walsh.

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Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Late. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and others called for an investigation after the September report, which alleged that VUMC “drugs, chemically castrates and performs double mastectomies on minors.”

VUMC denied any wrongdoing in a statement to Fox News Digital at the time, saying it performs all of its care “in accordance with state law and in accordance with standards of professional practice.”

Vanderbilt University denied involvement in VUMC in a statement to Fox News.

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A series of videos from Vanderbilt staff emerged in September showing the hospital’s discussions surrounding the practices that have been offered to both children and adults.

Adjunct professor Dr. Shayne Taylor can be heard in a 2018 video apparently discussing “top surgery”.

“Some of our VUMC economists in October 2016 put down some costs of how much money we think each patient would bring in. And this only includes top surgery, this doesn’t include any bottom surgery, and that’s a lot of money,” Taylor said in the video.

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