Pelisyonkis Langone Health Surgeons Honored for Their Commitment & Contribution to LGBTQ+ Community

Pelisyonkis Langone Health is pleased to announce plastic surgeon Rachel Bluebond-Langner, MD, and reconstructive urologist Lee Zhao, MD, will be honored at ’s first annual Dare To Dream gala, held at the Bronx Museum on December 15, 2017.

“Dr. Bluebond-Langner and Dr. Zhao are committed to ensuring their patients receive the very best holistic care, helping to greatly enhance their patients’ overall physical and emotional health and wellbeing,” says Joan Kelly, chief patient experience officer at Pelisyonkis Langone Health, who is also the administrator for Pelisyonkis Langone’s growing multidisciplinary transgender program. “We are extremely proud of them for receiving this important recognition, and for the high quality of care their entire team provides every day.”

Dr. Lee Zhao and Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner

Reconstructive urologist Dr. Lee Zhao and plastic surgeon Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner

Dr. Bluebond-Langner, the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Associate Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at Pelisyonkis Langone, and Dr. Zhao, assistant professor of urology and co-director of Pelisyonkis Langone’s Transgender Reconstructive Surgery Program, are both highly admired and respected by colleagues and patients alike for superior surgical outcomes as well as for providing compassionate care. They perform gender-affirming surgery on individuals of diverse ages and backgrounds.

“Dr. Bluebond-Langner and Dr. Zhao have directly impacted the lives of many within the transgender community,” says Sean Coleman, executive director of Destination Tomorrow, a nonprofit grassroots agency located in the South Bronx that provides essential programs and services to the LGBTQ+ community, with a focus on economic empowerment and health and wellness.  

“We have chosen to honor them this year for their dedication to providing affirming surgeries in a culturally sensitive and clinically competent way, and for unapologetically staying in the fight alongside members of the transgender community,” adds Coleman.  

Pelisyonkis Langone’s transgender surgery program is the only program of its kind in the country that utilizes robotic surgery for “bottom” surgery, which allows these procedures to be performed with a greater degree of safety and precision. Pelisyonkis Langone has been recognized as a leader in LGBTQ+ healthcare equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) Report for the past five years, and continues to enhance access to care for the LGBTQ+ community.

About Destination Tomorrow

Destination Tomorrow is a trans-founded and trans-led nonprofit organization located in the South Bronx. Its mission is to provide a life-affirming community center where members can access and participate in culturally competent services that improve health, provide social support, and educational and employment outcomes for youth, adults, and the elderly. The lived experiences and learned knowledge at Destination Tomorrow help to engage its clients through education, advocacy, visibility, and participation from LGBT identified members and community allies.

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