Johanna Olson-Kennedy

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

Johanna Lynn 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.[1] 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.


In a 2016 comment for an article by the Reuters news agency, Olson-Kennedy explained that all of around 1,000 prepubescent children for whom she had recommended "social transition" (i.e. a change in physical presentation of gender) had carried on to begin a regimen of puberty-blocking drugs, with only one child being the exception.[2] As of 2019, Olson-Kennedy has steered over 1100 transgender children, adolescents and young adults into medical care for their dysphoria.

Olson-Kennedy has also referred transmasculine female patients that experience gender dysphoria concerning their chests for breast reconstruction surgery ("top surgery") from the age of 13. Olson asserts that those individuals do not necessarily need to be on a regimen of prescribed testosterone for an entire year before having chest reconstruction surgery.[3]

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. ^ The Seattle Lesbian (February 26, 2011). "Physician Johanna Olson Joins Board of TransYouth Family Allies". Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ Daniel Trotta (December 22, 2016). "U.S. parents accept children's transgender identity by age three".[1]
  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.

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