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Transgender doctor who performs transgender surgery to speak at UB

Dr. Marci Bowers, a transgender woman who performs transgender surgery, will visit the University at Buffalo to talk about two key aspects of her practice – transgender medicine and surgical correction of female genital mutilation.

Her free presentation, titled a “Culture War on Two Fronts,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Student Union Theater on the UB North Campus.

Bowers has conducted thousands of gender reassignment surgeries at her practice in San Mateo, Calif., and is also considered an expert in restorative surgery for victims of female genital mutilation. She has traveled to Africa to establish clinics, train surgeons, and offer her services without charge, and last fall participated in the march on Washington, D.C., to end female genital mutilation.

Joseph Kuhn, a second-year student at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB, and some of his fellow students invited Bowers. They knew of the 2008 documentary, “Trinidad,” about Trinidad, Colo., where she first practiced and which has been called the sex change capital of the U.S.

“We wanted to capitalize on the excitement and media attention the transgender community has gotten recently, and to expose UB to a truly iconic figure in transgender medicine,” Kuhn said.

Bowers will also meet students and local doctors who serve the transgender community.

The event is sponsored by the Frank H. Hamilton Surgical Society, OUTpatient, Medical Student Polity, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sub-Board Inc., and the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender.