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Reconstructive urologist provides surgery, ongoing medical care to patients who have had gender reassignment operations

Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MDComplications often develop after a person undergoes gender reassignment surgery, and a urologist at Upstate has developed expertise in providing surgical repair and ongoing urologic care to these patients. Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, director of reconstructive urology at Upstate, says a variety of complications may develop after an operation to alter the genitalia. He welcomes patients from throughout the United States because he is one of few urologists specializing in repair work after gender reassignment surgery. "Even if they do not have complications, they still need to have continuing urologic care," Nikolavsky says. Also in the interview, Terri Cook (not shown) talks about her experience as a parent of a child who she says was assigned female at birth and transitioned to male. Cook and her husband, Vince, are the authors of "Allies & Angels: A Memoir of Our Family's Transition."