The transgender clinic at Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University in Nashville, which administers body-altering drugs and performs mutilating surgeries such as double mastectomies, is a big money maker for the hospital.

“Vanderbilt opened its trans clinic in 2018,” reported author Matt Walsh in a social media thread. “During a lecture the same year, Dr. Shayne Taylor explained how she convinced Nashville to get into the gender transition game. She emphasized that it’s a ‘big money maker,’ especially because the surgeries require a lot of ‘follow ups.’”

During the lecture, Shayne Taylor, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine who specializes in adolescent LGBT health, pediatrics, and transgender health, noted to her audience that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requires insurance carriers to cover medical expenses for transgender individuals.

Taylor said the Vanderbilt financial people began discussing the idea of a gender clinic and “how much money we think each patient would bring in”:

And this is only including top surgery. This isn’t including any bottom surgery. And it’s a lot of money. These surgeries make a lot of money. So, female to male chest reconstruction can bring in $40,000. A patient just on routine hormone treatment who is only seen a few times a year can bring in several thousand dollars … Now these are not from the internet. But it’s from the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, which has done a lot of surgery for patients. I just want to give you an idea of how much bottom surgeries are making …

“These surgeries are labor intensive,” Taylor emphasized to her audience. “They require a lot of follow-up. They require a lot of O.R. [operating room] time, and they make money – they make money for the hospital.”

As Walsh reported, Vanderbilt’s Ellen Wright Clayton, J.D., M.D., a professor of pediatrics, law, and health policy, and the co-founder of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, warned staff that “conscientious objectors” are “problematic,” and that personnel who refuse to be involved in transgender surgeries due to their “religious beliefs” will face “consequences.”

The Vanderbilt gender clinic has also launched its “Trans Buddies” Program, in which transgender activists attend medical appointments with gender dysphoric patients to monitor the behavior and words of the doctors as they interact with the patients and to report any “unsafe” behavior such as the use of the wrong pronouns.

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Susan Berry, PhD, is national education editor at The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Shanye Taylor” by Matt Walsh.