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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Expert Panel on Gender-Affirming Care

Speakers: Karen Teelin, MD, MSEd and Eric MacMaster, MD

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023

Time: The event will start at 5:30pm with a cash bar. Dinner will start at 6:00pm. Presentation begins at 7:00pm.
Free parking across the street in gated lot starting at 5:00pm.

Where: Dinosaur Barbecue (private meeting room upstairs), 246 Willow Street, Syracuse, NY 13202


Drs. Karen Teelin and Eric McMaster will present on best practices in gender-affirming medical care for transgender adolescents and young adults. The presentation will also cover management of mental health comorbidities and guidance for psychologists on writing letters of support for gender-affirming care. Come engage in discussion about:

  • Basics of gender affirming medical care
  • Process of writing letters of support
  • Best practices for gender-affirming care inmental health contexts

Meet the Presenters

About Dr. Karen Teelin

I am currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of Adolescent Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University Norton College of Medicine and the Golisano Children’s Hospital. We have a consultation clinic serving health needs of adolescents from throughout our catchment area. I am board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and joined the faculty at SUNY Upstate after completing an Adolescent Medicine fellowship at Golisano Children’s Hospital in 2013. In addition to caring for patients, I focus on education of the next generation of pediatricians and on research and writing. My publications concentrate on resident training in adolescent gynecology and include a recent publication on conscientious objecting to providing gender health care in a pediatric training context.

About Dr. Eric McMaster

I have dual academic appointments, as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and am currently the Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. I have been on the faculty at SUNY Upstate since 2016 after completing both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the same institution. I am board certified in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Since joining the faculty, I have worked as a consultant child psychiatrist at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, maintained an outpatient private practice clinic for sexual minority patients (working closely with Adolescent Medicine and Adult & Pediatric Urology services). I have also been part of the NY State Office of Mental Health Project TEACH program since 2016, which includes local and statewide lectures as part of intensive trainings in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry for primary care providers. Additionally, my professional interests include gender and sexual minority mental health, childhood depression & anxiety, multicultural issues, family systems, and pediatric consultation.

Ticket Prices and RSVP Information

  • The price for dinner and the talk is: $40 for CNYPA members, $50 for non-members and $20 for students and interns. The costs are partially subsidized by your membership dues. This is just one of the ways our organization seeks to meet the needs of our members by providing quality programming at a local venue.
  • Please send your check with dinner choice to:

    c/o Upstate Concussion Center
    505 Irving Avenue
    Syracuse, NY 13210


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    Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 27th

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