Massachusetts Medical Society: Dr. Carolyn Becker is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2023 LGBTQ Health Award

Dr. Carolyn Becker is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2023 LGBTQ Health Award

 Carolyn Becker

WALTHAM – Dr. Carolyn B. Becker, an endocrinologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2023 recipient of the Society’s LGBTQ Health Award, an honor recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to LGBTQ health.

“Whether they realize it or not, every currently practicing LGBTQ physician stands on the shoulders of Dr. Carolyn Becker,” said Dr. Frances Grimstad of Boston Children’s Hospital. In the 1980s, Dr. Becker became one of the earliest members of Women in Medicine, the first national lesbian physician organization, and has served as a conference organizer, speaker and mentor at the annual conferences for the past 40 years. Locally, “Dr. Becker has been an advocate for the initiation of the transgender health program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, mentoring many of the clinicians who now lead the program.”

“Dr. Becker modeled compassionate, evidence-informed, yet patient-centered, care; she helped me navigate the medical aspects of this patient’s care but also highlighted the importance of creating a space that is affirming and welcoming for all patients, and particularly for those who belong to a sexual or gender minority group,” said Ole-Petter R. Hamvik, MB BCh BAO, MMSc, MRCPI, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital “She also showed me the importance of advocating for our patients – and particularly our transgender patients – both for their individual care needs and for improving the systems of care that they navigate. Dr. Becker has mentored and advocated for her LGBTQ colleagues, such as myself, to be promoted and recognized for their work caring for sexual and gender minority patients.”

Becker is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Illinois, and Harvard Medical School.

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