4 providers changing LGBTQ health care

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For more than 40 years, June has been the month for celebration and commemoration, all in the name of pride. In the U.S., Pride Month honors the Stonewall riots, a major historical milestone in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and intersex (LGBT, LGBTQ, or LGBTQI) rights movement. Parades, parties, memorials, and more pay tribute to members of the LGBTQ community who have had a significant impact on social change and to those continuing to fight for equality.

In honor of Pride 2017, we’re shining a spotlight on four One Medical providers helping to improve LGBTQ health care and ensure that all people receive the compassionate, competent care they deserve.

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Patrick Portiz

Patrick Portiz, San Francisco doctor

What made you want to get into LGBTQ care?

As a physician and a patient, I have seen firsthand the difficulties facing the LGBTQ community. I have often felt that my previous doctors were uncomfortable speaking to me about my sexual health. There were instances prior to becoming a physician when I felt I had to apologize to my doctor for bringing up my social and sexual questions. I often left embarrassed and felt that my concerns were just swept under the rug, without getting a resolution.

Now, as a family physician, I am open to all my patients leaving no stone unturned, asking their medical, social, psychological, and sexual health questions, and helping to make them feel empowered as advocates for their health.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the field since you started?

I am quite happy to see HIV becoming more of a chronic disease than a death sentence, but there is definitely still more work to be done in underserved communities.

What’s a song that makes you feel proud/your pride anthem?

I usually have seasonal anthems. Since seeing Sia at Coachella, I just can’t get her Bird Set Free song out of my head — it makes me want to sing off key all the time!

Bruce Olmscheid

Bruce Olmscheid

Bruce Olmscheid, Beverly Hills doctor

What made you want to get into LGBTQ care?

I like taking care of my community. The LGBTQ community has been a part of my life since I started medical school in Minneapolis in 1983. When I moved to New York City in 1992, it was only natural that I would become part of the community of doctors caring for those who were dying of AIDS.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the field since you started?

LGBTQ has become mainstream, at least in the large cities like New York, San Francisco, and LA.  It’s easy to take that for granted, but we shouldn’t. And now of course, people with HIV live with it. And we can prevent it. And it’s so cool that transgender people are now able to come out and be proud. And I get to care for them – that is an honor and a privilege!

What’s a song that makes you feel proud/your pride anthem? 

I Am What I Am by Gloria Gaynor.

 

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Nasser Mohamed

Nasser Mohamed, San Francisco doctor

What made you want to get into LGBTQ care?

The LGBTQ population has historically been an underserved population medically and otherwise. We have come a long way over the years with much more remaining potential for improvement and inclusion.

The interaction with the health care system is just one dimension of life that everyone is bound to overlap with at some point. Unfortunately, most LGBTQ individuals have learned to always fight and take more steps to get what is otherwise a basic right and need. Since I was a medical intern, I chose to get involved with LGBTQ care to fight that battle for my patients. I’m doing it to offer a completely equivalent, high quality care to my patients without them having to fear or worry about how their gender or who they love would affect their access to care.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the field since you started?

Both the nature of and the level of  access to LGBTQ care has been somewhat different in each state. However, I have to say that the most hopeful change is the introduction of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment that has the potential of reducing the risk of HIV transmission. The level of awareness on this specific topic has changed drastically over the last three years in my experience.

What’s a song that makes you feel proud/your pride anthem?

Ah why do I have to pick one?! I would go for People Like Us by Kelly Clarkson.

Amy Stulman

Amy Stulman

Amy Stulman, Washington DC nurse practitioner

What made you want to get into LGBTQ care?

As a gay person myself, I understand the personal importance of having a provider who is willing to hear my perspective and understands the dynamics of the LGBTQ community. I really enjoy working with LGBTQ patients because I feel they’re still very underserved and it’s rewarding to offer them care. Some of them have never been able to disclose their sexuality to a provider ever.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the field since you started?

I’d have to say PrEP. We have a huge new tool for HIV prevention and it’s increasingly becoming the standard of care in a city like D.C. where we have a high rate of HIV infection. There’s been a huge influx of HIV-negative individuals who are interested in taking Truvada for HIV prevention.

What’s a song that makes you feel proud/your pride anthem?

Justin Timberlake’s song, Can’t Stop the Feeling. I feel like that’s a good pride anthem! 

 

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