On episode 294 of The Nurse Keith Show career and healthcare podcast, Keith interviews pioneering surgeon Dr. Marci Bowers, the first successful woman worldwide to hold a personal transgender history while performing transgender surgery. She is also the first US surgeon to learn the technique of functional clitoral restoration after Female Genital Mutilation/cutting (FGM/c).

Between 2007 and 2009, Dr. Bowers parlayed her pelvic surgery expertise by learning FGM clitoral restoration from noted French surgeon, Dr. Pierre Foldes. Dr. Bowers has now performed more than 500 clitoral restorations in the US. She has also led medical missions to Burkina Faso (2014) and Nairobi, Kenya (2017 and 2019). Plans for expanding capacity by training additional surgeons are planned for Kenya and Gambia in the future.

Dr. Bowers has performed more than 2000 primary MTF Genital Reassignment Surgeries. In 2014, Dr. Bowers was hired to resuscitate the transgender surgical program at Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel. Additionally, she initiated Trans surgical education at Mt. Sinai (New York/2016), Denver Health (2018) and the University of Toronto Women’s College Hospital (2019)Toronto Women’s College Hospital (2019).

Dr. Bowers is an elected board member of WPATH, and has served on the board of directors for both GLAAD and the Transgender Law Center. In 2018 and 2019, she performed the first live surgical vaginoplasty surgeries in WPATH-sponsored surgical educational programs at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. Her work has been highlighted by appearances on Oprah, CBS Sunday Morning, Discovery Health, Al-jazeera and, more recently, the TLC reality series, “I am Jazz.” She has been featured in numerous documentaries and news features including the Guardian, BBC, Times of London, Esquire and many others.

Please take the time to watch this TED Talk on Female Genital Mutilation/cutting:

In addition to many accolades, Dr. Bowers is recognized as one of the 100 most influential LGBT people on the Guardian’s World Pride Power List and one of Huffington Post’s 50 Transgender Icons. And lastly, Marci has beeen called the Transgender Surgery Rock Star (Denver Post), the Georgia O’keefe of Genitalia (unknown) and the Beyonce of Bottom Surgery (KPFK-FM in North Hollywood).

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Nurse KeithIn case you didn’t already know, Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.
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