LGBT + Resource Group

The LGBT+ Resource Group is comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the Biological Sciences Division, the Pritzker School of Medicine, the University of Chicago Medicine community and its allies. They are a group contributing to the support, education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and outreach for LGBT+ employees, students, patients, and their families. They are also an advisory group supporting the BSD, Pritzker, and UCM in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. Contact Kelly Sharka for more information.  

Upcoming Meetings and Events
(click on room number for map):

  • General Members Meeting: Wednesday,  April 11 at 4:00pm in Room A109
  • LGBT+ Resource Group Social
    Wednesday, May 9th at 4:30 pm at the Ida Noyes Pub – click here for more information and to RSVP
  • General Members Meeting: Wednesday, June 13 at 8:00am in Room A109
Scott Cook, PhD

Scott Cook, PhD


Scott Cook, PhD is Deputy Director of Finding Answers: Solving Disparities Through Payment and Delivery System Reform, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation geared toward identifying and reducing health care inequities. 

Andrew Richardson

Andrew Richardson

Vice Chair

Andrew Richardson MSN, APN is an Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with the University of Chicago Medicine’s Center for HIV Elimination. His clinical practice and research efforts have focused primarily on those living with HIV and the prevention of HIV. 

Joyce Keldsen

Joyce Keldsen

Resource Group Coordinator

Joyce Keldsen, RN has been with the UCMC since 2000, and has held various roles in the organization, including CBIS and Marketing.  She is currently part of the Ambulatory organization, and responsible for the Burr Ridge and Darien Call Centers.

Kelly Sharka

Kelly Sharka

Communications Coordinator

Kelly Sharka is a Nursing Assistant at UCMC. Kelly is an advocate for LGBT+ rights and wellness with a special interest in sexuality and gender inclusive healthcare, support for LGBT+ youth, intersectional feminism, and radical self-care.

News and Announcements

CSGS Fellowships & Grants 2018-19
Deadline: Monday, April 2 at 12:00pm
The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) is accepting applications for three fellowships, open to University of Chicago PhD candidates from all disciplines.  Research funds and stipend amounts vary depending on the fellowship. Click here for more information.  

LGBTQ Related Research

Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender Incongruent Persons
JAMA, October 17, 2017, Volume 318, Number 15
Asa Radix, MD, MPH; Andrew M. Davis, MD, MPH
An increasing number of transgender patients are being seen in all care settings. Their medical needs are not too different from those for any primary care patient.  New guidelines issued by the Endocrine Society in September 2017 are summarized in a podcast with the authors – Click here to listen.  Andrew Davis, MD, MPH, who co-authored the article, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago in the section of General Internal Medicine.    

Obstetrics and Gynecology: A Specialty at the Forefront of Care for LGBTQ Patients
Seminars in Reproductive Medicine, September 2017, Volume 35, Number 5
The most recent issue of Seminars in Reproductive Medicine, edited by Dr. Iris Romero, gives obstetrician-gynecologists information on how to provide comprehensive, sensitive, and supportive care to their LGBTQ patients. Click here to access the issue.