Johanna Olson-Kennedy

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Johanna Olson-Kennedy
Alma materChicago Medical School, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Johanna Olson-Kennedy is an American physician who specializes in the care of children and teenagers with gender dysphoria and youth with HIV and chronic pain. She is board-certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine and is the medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.[1][2]

Olson-Kennedy has co-authored multiple studies on transgender youth.[3][4][5] She also has been interviewed for multiple news pieces.[6][7][8][9] In a 2016 Reuters article, Olson-Kennedy said "I support a social transition for a kid who is in distress and needs to live in a different way." She said that out of approximately 1,000 patients that she had seen, only one reverted to their sex assigned at birth.[10] She opposes mandatory psychological assessments for transgender children seeking treatment, saying in a 2018 Atlantic magazine article: "I don’t send someone to a therapist when I’m going to start them on insulin."[11]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Olson J, Forbes C, Belzer M (February 2011). "Management of the transgender adolescent". Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 165 (2): 171–6. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.275. PMID 21300658.


  1. ^ "Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD". Children's Hospital Los Angeles. 2015-11-11. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  2. ^ "Transgender Spectrum Conference" (PDF). Washington University in St. Louis. November 2016. Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  3. ^ Olson-Kennedy, J; Warus, J; Okonta, V; Belzer, M; Clark, LF (2018). "Chest Reconstruction and Chest Dysphoria in Transmasculine Minors and Young Adults: Comparisons of Nonsurgical and Postsurgical Cohorts". JAMA Pediatrics. 172 (5): 431–436. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.5440. PMC 5875384. PMID 29507933.
  4. ^ Olson-Kennedy, Johanna; Cohen-Kettenis, Peggy T.; Kreukels, Baudewijntje P. C.; Meyer-Bahlburg, Heino F. L.; Garofalo, Robert; Meyer, Walter; Rosenthal, Stephen M. (April 2016). "Research priorities for gender nonconforming/transgender youth: gender identity development and biopsychosocial outcomes". Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity. 23 (2): 172–179. doi:10.1097/MED.0000000000000236. ISSN 1752-2978. PMC 4807860. PMID 26825472.
  5. ^ Olson-Kennedy, Johanna; Okonta, Vivian; Clark, Leslie F.; Belzer, Marvin (April 2018). "Physiologic Response to Gender-Affirming Hormones Among Transgender Youth". The Journal of Adolescent Health. 62 (4): 397–401. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.08.005. ISSN 1879-1972. PMC 7050572. PMID 29056436.
  6. ^ EDT, Zoë Schlanger On 7/21/15 at 10:32 AM (2015-07-21). "Transgender Youth Don't Have Anything Wrong With Their Hormones".
  7. ^ "NY will soon make it easier for trans youths to delay puberty". PBS NewsHour. 2016-11-27. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  8. ^ Peled, Shachar. "Transgender boy is barred from Boy Scouts". CNN. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  9. ^ Layden, Tim. "American Hero: Jenner comfortable in her own skin". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  10. ^ Daniel Trotta (December 22, 2016). "U.S. parents accept children's transgender identity by age three". Reuters.
  11. ^ Singal, Jesse (July 2018). "When Children Say They're Trans". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2020-02-01.

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