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UHS is here to help you express your true self with gender-affirming care. Services available in both our General Medicine and Sexual & Reproductive Health clinics include...

  • HRT prescriptions, administering & monitoring
  • Administering & monitoring of hormones prescribed by an outside provider
  • Mental health services
  • Referrals to local providers for gender-affirming surgery

Dr. Cohen-McKeon, Dr. Ilana Schmitt, Dr. Maria Gallo, and Jaimie Colica-Ekness, PA-C, are UHS primary care providers specializing in gender-affirming care.

Cindy Hildebrand, RN, our Gender-Affirming Care liaison, is available to answer questions about our services. She can be reached at (413) 577-5040.

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Names & Pronouns

In your medical record, your preferred name and pronouns (pulled from SPIRE) appear in parentheses next to your legal name. Our staff are trained to check for and use your preferred name and pronouns.

If you change your preferred name and/or pronouns in SPIRE, it may take up to 24 hours for this change to be made in your medical record. Here are step-by-step instructions for updating your personal information in SPIRE.

Ilana Levenson Schmitt
Provider Spotlight
Ilana Levenson Schmitt, MD, MPH
  • Position: Staff Physician
  • Joined UHS: 2008
  • Medical Interests: Behavioral pediatrics, adolecent medicine, gender-affirming health care, travel medicine.
  • Education: M.P.H., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; M.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
  • Professional Background: Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH; Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and clinical instructor, adolescent health, Case Western Reserve University; 10 years in pediatric group practice, Cleveland; physician, Cleveland Department of Public Health STD Clinic; physician, Aninwah Medical Center, Ghana
  • Certifications: Board certified in pediatrics
  • Memberships: American Academy of Pediatrics, Massachusetts Medical Society, International Society of Travel Medicine, WPATH
  • More About me: Married, with 3 sons, all UMass graduates. Enthusiastic gardener, cook, flutist and beekeeper.
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