by | Jul 18, 2015 | Uncategorized | 11 comments


The John Hopkins University and John Hopkins Hospital are names that have long ago been etched in halls of the highest repute and recognition for outstanding innovations and continuous research in medicine, sciences, engineering and patient care. The university that was founded over 125 years ago remains the standard bearer of relevance on these topics.

Nurse educator and transgender advocate Paula Neira, speaks to this excellence in terms of the caliber of staff one can expect to find at their institution. Neira served as an officer in the 1991 Gulf War, eventually became a registered nurse and pursued a law degree, per the institution’s publication. She was instrumental in the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in America and is an active advocate for the transgender population.

But while nurse Neira has become comfortable in her skin, having transitioned some 20 years ago, Dr. Paul McHugh, the past psychiatrist-in-chief for John Hopkins Hospital has presented his findings on transgender procedures based on research that at worse could be disturbing for many, but none-the-less calls for more serious consideration on crossing the threshold of surgery into the world of transgenderism.

While I am at a loss for understanding Dr. McHugh’s statement that “changing the sex of a human is not possible,” since organs cannot regrow, and given the fact that there is evidence to the contrary, this leaves me unclear as well on whether or not his statement was meant metaphorically. But he has certainly trumped the card that beckons the question: Could this notion of transgender be a short lived psychosomatic experience as opposed to a biological flaw, so to speak?

Based on the report of his studies published in “The Political Insider,” Dr. McHugh asserts that up to 80% of children who experience transgender feelings lose it spontaneously over time. But the most jolting part of his findings indicate that post surgery for the individuals who chose to go through the transition, shows no psycho-social change beyond mere satisfaction.

As a result, he states, John Hopkins Hospital has ceased carrying out sex-reassignment surgery.

I was totally flabbergasted to read this report as given the extreme life changing nature of this procedure, I imagined that under all circumstances careful psychological study, analysis and assessments would have been carried out prior to performing these surgeries.

Marlene Daley


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