LGBTQ+ Health at Washington University

At Washington University School of Medicine we are committed to providing excellent, multidisciplinary, patient-centered care to LGBTQ+ patients in a respectful environment. Our policies are committed to ensuring your rights to health and healthcare. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital policies support patients rights to care and visitation without discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. For more information about patient rights and our non-discrimination policies go to:

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital participate in the Healthcare Equality Index. We are proud of our strong performance over multiple years and we are committed using this index as a tool to continue to improve healthcare for LGBTQIA patients. Visit the HEI website for more information about our performance.

LGBTQ+ Health Provider Directory

PROVIDER DIRECTORY (PDF)

In our directory, you will find providers who have self-identified as having an interest in providing culturally competent care to LGBTQ+ patients. OUTmed cannot guarantee the cultural competence of providers listed. We recommend you interview any provider and find one that fits with your needs and expectations.

Our directory is not complete, and we recognize that there are many more physicians throughout the WUSM system interested in providing care to the LGBTQ+ community. If you are a provider and are interested in being listed in our directory, please take a moment to sign up by filling out this short survey: https://wucrtc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3elmGqoAgTq7ZS5

If you are a provider who is already listed and need to update your entry, please fill out an updated entry here: https://wucrtc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3elmGqoAgTq7ZS5 or email Jen Mosher mosherj@wustl.edu.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital participate in the Healthcare Equality Index. We are proud of our strong performance over multiple years and we are committed using this index as a tool to continue to improve healthcare for LGBTQIA patients. Visit the HEI website for more information about our performance.

Sharing information about your sexual orientation and gender identity with your provider

  • LGBTQ+ patients have unique health needs.
  • Some conditions are more or less common in LGBTQ+ patients than in other groups of patients. Recommendations for health care screenings, vaccinations, medications and other services can be different based on your gender identity and sexual behavior.
  • Sharing information about your sexual orientation and gender identity with your provider will help them provide you with the best health care possible – care that is specifically tailored to your needs.
  • Across the country, you will notice healthcare providers more frequently asking about sexual orientation and gender identity. This is being done so that providers can take better care of LGBTQ+ patients. If you’d like to read more about this go to:  doaskdotell.org
  • The information that you share with your provider is confidential and protected in the same ways as other medical information.

GLMA patient guides – Top ten things to discuss with your healthcare provider

Clinics and services​

There are a number of clinics and services providing care that may be specifically of interest to LGBTQ+ patients.

Research information

There are many things that we don’t know about health and LGBTQ+ patients. Research is one of the best ways to understand and improve the health of LGBTQ+ people. The NIH has made it one of their goals to dedicate more resources to LGBTQ+ health issues and disparities. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine are committed to participating in this effort. Many groups at WUSM are doing research to develop a better understanding of a variety of conditions and how they affect LGBTQ+ people.

Here is a listing of some current research groups working on topics that relate to LGBTQ+ health: