LGBT Healthcare @ MSK

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you shouldn’t have to worry whether you or your loved ones will be treated with respect during your care. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we take the concerns of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities very seriously and work hard to create an environment in which everyone who walks through our doors feels welcome.

LGBT people treated at MSK can expect culturally sensitive, medically competent care from all of our healthcare practitioners. Read our nondiscrimination statement and visitor policy.

MSK is pleased that Chasity Walters, Ph.D serves as an on-staff advocate for transgender patients. She is specifically trained to respond to concerns affecting the transgender community. This Trans Patient Advocate is a valuable resource for MSK patients and caregivers who have questions or concerns about the healthcare needs of trans individuals. Please contact our staff for more information.

HRC Recognition

Since 2013, Memorial Sloan Kettering has been recognized as a leader in the LGBT Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) compiled by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The HEI is regarded as the national benchmarking tool for hospitals and healthcare institutions and their practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients and employees.

Organizations are evaluated based on five core criteria:

  • non-discrimination and staff training
  • patient services and support
  • employee benefits and policies
  • patient and community engagement
  • responsible citizenship

MSK is proud to once again receive this distinction. Learn more about the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index.

For more information about LGBT support at MSK, email

Patient Resources

Cancer can affect anyone, but LGBT people have unique risk factors. Throughout the treatment continuum of care, and at all MSK treatment sites, oncology social workers are available to assist all LGBTQ patients, their families and friends with any issues they may be having. The Department of Social Work can connect you with the appropriate staff by calling this number- 212-639-7020. The links below can help you make more informed decisions about your health.

For specific questions about your care as a transgender patient at MSK, you may reach out to the Trans Patient Advocate at

Support Groups and Community Organizations

Additional resources for LGBT people and their families can be found in the following local, state, and national organizations:


NYC and NY State


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