2016 AASECT Book Award Recipient - Where's MY Book? A Guide for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth, Their Parents, & Everyone Else by: Linda Gromko, MD


Congratulations to our 2016 AASECT Book Award Recipient - Where's MY Book? A Guide for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth, Their Parents, & Everyone Else by: Linda Gromko, MD. 

Having worked with the transgender community for eighteen years, I find great joy in the many wonderful transitions I witness. At the same time, I am deeply concerned with the sadness and desperation many of my clients experience. Particularly among trans youth, where suicide attempt rates are nearly 50%, I am convinced we can do better for our children and families. So often, simple respect and compassion are the tools that make the difference. My book offers straightforward information - starting with a chapter on suicide prevention. As I say in the book, "life can get better, but only if you're breathing!" Thank you, AASECT members for honoring me, and for the work that you do.

 

Linda Gromko, MD is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician and founder of Seattle's Queen Anne Medical Associates, PLLC.

Dr. Gromko's health care experience began as a volunteer "Candy Striper" at Virginia Mason Hospital at age fourteen. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington in 1973, and went on to earn a Master of Nursing from the University of Washington's pioneering Family Nurse Practitioner Program in 1975.

After working as a Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Educator at Planned Parenthood of Seattle/King County, Dr. Gromko entered medical school - when her son, Tim, was only four years old!

Dr. Gromko graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1984. She completed her Family Practice Residency, also at the UW, in 1987. While working in a number of women's clinics and serving as an Emergency Room physician, Dr. Gromko established her own practice, Queen Anne Medical Associates, PLLC, in 1989.

Now twenty-six years old, the practice employs two first-rate Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Gromko and the Nurse Practitioners serve a wide diversity of individuals, including Seattle's transgender community. While she has delivered hundreds and hundreds of babies over the years, Dr. Gromko stopped delivering babies in 2005. Her practice began featuring an active weight loss support group in 2010. Largely out of respect to the practice's many transgender clients, Queen Anne Medical Electrolysis and Laser was added in 2014.

One of a handful of independent family medical practices in Seattle, Dr. Gromko describes her practice as follows: "We don't make a fortune, but we do make a difference!"

 

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