Hartwick’s O’Connor Chair Lecture to Address Transgender Healthcare

The Hartwick College Department of Nursing will present the 2017 O’Connor Chair Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 in Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre, on the College campus. Dr. Diane Georgeson, a practitioner at the Gender Wellness Center at Oneonta FoxCare’s Susquehanna Family Practice, is the guest speaker. Her lecture, “Medical Care for Transgender Adults,” is free and open to the public.

Georgeson will define terms related to transgender identity and health, and discuss strategies for providing inclusive, interdisciplinary primary and gender-affirming care to transgender adults.

Established in 2015, the Gender Wellness Center provides medical and mental health services to transgender patients, many of whom travel two hours or more to access primary health care that is transgender-friendly.

Georgeson is a graduate of Oneonta High School, who later received a B.S. from Bates College in Maine and an M.D. from The University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Oregon Health & Science University, and practiced in Oregon for 12 years before returning to the area in 1999.

Since then, she has worked for Bassett Healthcare; A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital; OB-Gyn Associates of Ithaca; and Bellevue Women’s Center hospital in Schenectady, NY.

She returned to Fox Hospital in April 2016 to practice general gynecology and work with Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould and colleagues at The Gender Wellness Center. As part of this team, Georgeson received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Grant.

Georgeson has served as the medical director for Family Planning of South Central New York (formerly Planned Parenthood) since 2001. She is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

The O’Connor Chair Lecture series, endowed by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, brings notable speakers on health and nursing-related themes to the campus each spring and fall for the benefit of nursing students and faculty, and the Hartwick and greater Oneonta communities.

For more information on the O’Connor Chair Lecture, contact Coordinator of Nursing Opportunities Jane Bachman at bachmanj@hartwick.edu or (607) 431-4790.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact:     David Lubell
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Phone:        607-431-4031

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