Gender & Sex Development Program

At Lurie Children’s Gender and Sex Development Program, you will find warmth, support and exceptional care provided by a diverse team of specialists from disciplines including General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, Urology, Surgery, Psychiatry and Psychology. Our team operates two programs; each is designated to provide comprehensive, family-centered care.

Services for Gende​r Development

We provide services for youth and adol​escents for:

  • Children with gender-non conforming behavior
  • Gender-questioning and transgender youth
Learn more about our services for gender nonconforming youth and adolescents.

Services for Sex Development

We provide care for newborns and children with sex development conditions. Learn more about our sex development program.

Appoint​ments

To find out more information about ou​r program or to request an appointment, call Jennifer Leininger at 773.303.6056 or e-mail Jleininger@luriechildrens.org.

At Lurie Children’s Program for Gender and Sex Development, you will find warmth, support,



and exceptional care provided by a diverse team of specialists from disciplines including



Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, Urology, Psychiatry and Psychology. Our



multi-disciplinary team operates two clinics; each is designated to provide comprehensive,



family-centered care to three groups of youth. To learn more about each of our clinics, click on



the links below.



PGSD’s Tuesday Clinic



• Children with Gender Non-conforming Behavior



• Gender-questioning and Transgender Youth



PGSD’s Friday Clinic



• Children/Adolescents with Disorders of Sex DevelopmentAt Lurie Children’s Program for Gender and Sex Development, you will find warmth, support,



and exceptional care provided by a diverse team of specialists from disciplines including



Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, Urology, Psychiatry and Psychology. Our



multi-disciplinary team operates two clinics; each is designated to provide comprehensive,



family-centered care to three groups of youth. To learn more about each of our clinics, click on



the links below.



PGSD’s Tuesday Clinic



• Children with Gender Non-conforming Behavior



• Gender-questioning and Transgender Youth



PGSD’s Friday Clinic



• Children/Adolescents with Disorders of Sex DevelopmentAt Lurie Children’s Program for Gender and Sex Development, you will find warmth, support,



and exceptional care provided by a diverse team of specialists from disciplines including



Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, Urology, Psychiatry and Psychology. Our



multi-disciplinary team operates two clinics; each is designated to provide comprehensive,



family-centered care to three groups of youth. To learn more about each of our clinics, click on



the links below.



PGSD’s Tuesday Clinic



• Children with Gender Non-conforming Behavior



• Gender-questioning and Transgender Youth



PGSD’s Friday Clinic



• Children/Adolescents with Disorders of Sex DevelopmentAt Lurie Children’s Program for Gender and Sex Development, you will find warmth, support,



and exceptional care provided by a diverse team of specialists from disciplines including



Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, Urology, Psychiatry and Psychology. Our



multi-disciplinary team operates two clinics; each is designated to provide comprehensive,



family-centered care to three groups of youth. To learn more about each of our clinics, click on



the links below.



PGSD’s Tuesday Clinic



• Children with Gender Non-conforming Behavior



• Gender-questioning and Transgender Youth



PGSD’s Friday Clinic



• Children/Adolescents with Disorders of Sex DevelopmentAt Lurie Children’s Program for Gender and Sex Development, you will find warmth, support,



and exceptional care provided by a diverse team of specialists from disciplines including



Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, Urology, Psychiatry and Psychology. Our



multi-disciplinary team operates two clinics; each is designated to provide comprehensive,



family-centered care to three groups of youth. To learn more about each of our clinics, click on



the links below.



PGSD’s Tuesday Clinic



• Children with Gender Non-conforming Behavior



• Gender-questioning and Transgender Youth



PGSD’s Friday Clinic



• Children/Adolescents with Disorders of Sex Development

Community Fundraising Challenge!

The Chicago-based Tawani Foundation has announced a $1 million commitment to our Gender & Sex Development Program, with $500,000 in the form of a community challenge. For every dollar received, Lurie Children’s will receive a grant dollar from the foundation. Make it happen! 

Contact T.J. Johnson at thjohnson@luriechildrens.org or 312-227-7251.


Growing Up Trans:
A FRONTLINE Documentary

In Growing Up Trans, a 90-minute special on PBS, FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey into the lives of transgender patients in our Gender and Sex Development Program.

Watch the full documentary online.

While we believe in providing safe and effective care for our patients, the long-term consequences of some of the treatments are still unknown. Visit PBS.org to read an article in which our doctors discuss the risks and reasoning behind our care.


Our Patients & Families
Tell Their Stories

Patients and families from the Gender and Sex Development Program were featured in the FRONTLINE documentary, Growing Up Trans. They also  shared their personal stories with us on our blog. Visit the links below to read their posts.



Recognized Leader in
LGBT Care

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation recognized Lurie Children's as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” based on our top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate our commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families.




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