About Our Clinic
UNC Urology is a regional leader in transgender care. We offer a full range of urologic services including primary gender affirmation surgery (including metoidioplasty, penile prosthesis, phalloplasty, orchiectomy and vaginoplasty) and revisions after surgery in a respectful and compassionate environment. Our team has experience managing the most complex urologic cases.
Gender Affirmation Surgery
UNC Urology is a regional leader in transgender care. We offer a full range of urologic services including primary gender affirming surgery (including metoidioplasty, phalloplasty, and vaginoplasty), penile prosthesis, and orchiectomy. We also specialize in the management of complications from gender affirmation, such as strictures and fistulas. In July 2019, the Department of Urology launched the UNC Transgender Health Program in order to improve access to UNC Healthcare for transgender patients in the region.
– Ask us about financial assistance
– Facial Feminization and Masculinization Surgery
– Fertility Preservation
– Gender-affirming Hormone Therapy
– Gender-Affirming Mastectomy and Mammaplasty
– Management of Complications After Gender Affirming Surgery
– Mental Health Support
– Penile Prosthesis After Phalloplasty
– Transgender Urologic Services
Katherine Croft, BSN, RN
Program Manager, UNC Transgender Health Program
Bio: Katherine Croft, BSN, RN is the Program Manager for the UNC Transgender Health Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UNC-Chapel Hill after a career in operations and logistics management and is responsible for the operations, planning, and development of the UNC Transgender Health Program.
As well as being Program Manager, Katherine also acts as Nurse Navigator for the program. She acts as the primary point of contact for patients seeking gender-affirming surgical care at UNC and will be a part of the initial surgical consult for genital surgery procedures, including metoidioplasty, phalloplasty, and vaginoplasty.
Shae Bardgett, RN
Nurse Educator, UNC Transgender Health Program
Bio: Shae Bardgett, RN is the Nurse Educator for the UNC Transgender Health Program. They received their nursing degree Adventist Health University and have worked as an inpatient surgical nurse for >12 years in intensive and acute surgical care settings.
As Nurse Educator, Shae will be in contact to assist with planning and education needs throughout your surgical process. Shae is also the primary Educator for UNC Staff regarding gender-affirming care.
Kristia Vasiloff, MS
Patient Coordinator, UNC Transgender Health Program
Bio: Kristia Vasiloff, MS is the Patient Coordinator for the UNC Transgender Health Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Mary Baldwin University and her Masters in Neuroscience from the University of Hartford. She has a background in research, teaching, and advocacy work.
As Patient Coordinator, Kristia will be your primary point of contact through the program. She will handle your intake, scheduling, and referring needs, along with answering questions you may have about the program.
Associate Professor of Urology
Director of UNC Transgender Health Program
Associate Program Director, Andrology Fellowship
Dr. Figler’s practice offers comprehensive Men’s Health and genitourinary reconstruction services. Areas of expertise include penile prosthesis implantation, Peyronie’s Disease, male urinary incontinence and male urethral/genital reconstruction for diseases including lichen sclerosus, genital skin deficiency, buried penis, hidradenitis, fistula, stricture and genital cancer. Dr. Figler also specializes in genital gender affirming surgery, including metoidioplasty, phalloplasty and vaginoplasty.
Associate Program Director, Plastic Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, UNC Children's Primary Care Clinic
Associate Program Director, UNC Pediatrics Residency Program
Elda Fisher, MD
Program Director, Maxillofacial Surgery Department
Medical Director, Pediatric Diabetes Program
Co-Director, Pediatric And Adolescent Clinic For Gender Wellness Program
Associate Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Director of Transgender Surgery, UNC Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Assistant Professor, Surgery
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Urology
For UNC Providers/Providers who use Epic: Referral Instructions
For outside referrals: Fax referrals to 919-966-0098 with attn: Transgender Health Program
All referrals should include:
- Reason for referral
- Patient name and pronouns
- Any relevant medical records
- Letters of support for gender-affirming surgery, if applicable
How to contact the Transgender Health Program
If you are interested in:
- Learning more about the program
- Starting or learning about our Pediatric Gender Clinic
- Receiving hormone therapy
- Receiving gender-affirming primary care
- Being connected with gender-affirming physicians
- Receiving mental health services
- Starting or learning about our surgery process
- Or learning more about community resources
- Ask us about financial assistance
IMPORTANT NOTICE (3/15/2021):
Our most central goal at THP is to continue to provide the best gender-affirming care possible and ensure all our patients get what they deserve. To balance the needs of both our new and existing patients as we work to restructure and incorporate new supportive resources, we are temporarily pausing the intake of new patients into the Transgender Health Program. As of Monday, 3/15/2021, all new patients will be placed on a waitlist. We will use this waitlist to track all new patients and their needs. As we catch up with care navigation for existing patients and incorporate additional support resources, we will slowly add new patients to the program on a first-come, first-serve basis from this waitlist.
You can add your name to our waitlist at bit.ly/thpwaitlist.
Please also see our full statement regarding this change here.
UNC Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology | Transgender Health
UNC Psychiatry Gender Equity and Wellness Initiative
UNC Health Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic for Gender Wellness (PAC-G)