Emphasizing Ethics in Gender Affirming Care with Dr. Ioannis Ntanos

During a recent illuminating livestream that I, Lilia Koss, Public Relations Manager at Facialteam, had the pleasure of hosting, Dr. Ioannis Ntanos offered his invaluable perspective on the vital role of ethics in gender affirming care. As an esteemed chest surgeon specializing in gender affirming mastectomies, Dr. Ntanos explored the essence of ethics, the hurdles trans individuals encounter in healthcare, and the imperative of healthcare providers to actively support their cause. Let’s delve into the central insights from this stimulating conversation.

Deciphering the Essence of Ethics

Dr. Ntanos underscored the fundamental importance of ethics within the medical profession. He brought to light the necessity for healthcare providers to entertain counterarguments, interrogate established norms, and approach patient care with a receptive mindset. He respectfully recognized the historical resonance of the Hippocratic Oath, while concurrently advocating for its evolution to reflect changing societal values.

Our discussion ventured into the realm of misconceptions that shroud trans healthcare, notably the erroneous belief that it is a field of experimental medicine. Dr. Ntanos fervently dismissed this fallacy, accentuating the long-established history and proven efficacy of gender affirming care. He underscored the responsibility of healthcare providers to contest the constraints imposed on trans healthcare, championing the acceptance and access to vital care for trans individuals.

The Imperative of Vocal Allies in Healthcare

Dr. Ntanos stressed the profound importance of healthcare providers becoming vocal allies for the trans community. He implored his colleagues to champion the rights and well-being of their patients, to challenge privilege, and to forge a safe and inclusive environment. In Dr. Ntanos’ view, continual education and introspection are key to understanding and accommodating the distinct healthcare needs of gender diverse individuals.

We delved into how trans healthcare can serve as a guiding light for healthcare providers at large. Dr. Ntanos highlighted the value of being receptive, adaptable, and centered on individual patient needs. The adoption of a person-centered approach in gender affirming care, coupled with a commitment to active listening and understanding, can be extrapolated to various areas of healthcare, thereby enhancing patient-provider relationships and fostering personalized care.

Stepping Stones to Progress

Dr. Ntanos urged healthcare providers to commit to perpetual learning and self-examination, confronting their own biases and preconceptions. In doing so, they can foster a more inclusive and empathetic environment for all patients. Trans healthcare is a beacon in this journey, illuminating the importance of heeding patient voices, respecting individual autonomy, and adjusting to shifting societal values.

The insights shared by Dr. Ioannis Ntanos during our livestream highlighted the indispensability of ethics in gender affirming care and the critical need for healthcare providers to be vocal allies. By challenging norms, advocating for patient rights, and cultivating a person-centered approach, healthcare professionals can ensure everyone, regardless of gender identity, receives the care and support they deserve. As trans healthcare, guided by trailblazers like Dr. Ntanos, continues to pave the way, it provides invaluable lessons for the wider healthcare community in delivering compassionate, inclusive, and ethical care to all patients.

Patient Relations Manager Lilia Koss, presentator of Lilia's Livestreams
About the author

Hello world! I’m Lilia Koss and I use she, her, and they pronouns. What are yours? With a background in humanities and diverse professional experiences, I have been working with the Facialteam founders and directors since 2008. Involved from the ground up, so I’ve had hands in many pots: patient coordination, orientation events on 3 continents, social media, written and audiovisual content about our gender-affirming healthcare...but now life is more defined. Lately, I focus my energies on Public Relations, community management and live streaming to help raise the visibility of trans health. Life is pretty complete.