Dr. Greg Mak is a private psychiatrist in Hong Kong. He is an Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He had served at department of psychiatry among various local hospitals in Hong Kong, including Castle Peak Hospital, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital, Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, Tai Po Hospital and North District Hospital. Apart from his daily psychiatric works, Dr Mak is interested about gender relations, family therapy and sexual therapy. He has been actively involved in promoting public mental health in Hong Kong, as well as undertaking the teaching works in the top 2 universities in Hong Kong. Dr Mak wishes to raise public awareness of mental well-being in Hong Kong and hope everyone can have a quality life.
Dr. Zheng Zhimin is a consultant psychiatrist working in the Institute of Mental Health. She has a keen interest in mental healthcare for gender variant individuals and established the Gender Care Service in August 2016. It is currently the only dedicated psychiatric service in Singapore catering for gender variant individuals. She is passionate about working with professionals from various fields of healthcare and community services to provide holistic care for gender variant population.
Rena Janamnuaysook is a transgender woman and a human rights advocate from Bangkok, Thailand. She works as a program manager for transgender health at the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, where she established the Tangerine Community Health Clinic, the first sexual health and well-being clinic for transgender people in the region.
Rena also leads the Tangerine Academy for Transgender Health, where she provides technical assistance and capacity building interventions on key population-led health services, including HIV testing, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and implementation research to community-based health centers, government partners and private sectors.
Rena co-founded the Thai Transgender Alliance, the first transgender-owned human rights organization in Thailand. She received a master degree in international development from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Rena currently serves as a board member of the Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand.
Endocrinology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology & Other Medical Specialties
Harvard Lin is an accredited Obstetric and Gynaecology specialist. He completed his basic medical training in NUS and specialist training in O&G in Singapore. He obtained the Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gnaecologists (MRCOG) from UK and the Masters of Medicine (O&G) from NUS in 2015.
Dr Lin provides an extensive range of obstetric and gynaecological services. His main interests are female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery which includes managing urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, prolapse and transgender medicine. He also has a engaged in minimally invasive surgery and endometriosis.
Dr Lin is also a clinical tutor at NUS and a faculty in various laparoscopic and pelvic floor reconstruction workshops. He enjoys mentoring medical students and residents. His research includes stem cell therapy, synthetic meshes and translational medicine. He has published in various international peer-reviewed journals and also contributed to a popular O&G textbook. He actively presents at medical conferences and public talks.
Nittaya Phanuphak is the Chief of PREVENTION at the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. She has deep interest in the use of Key Population-Led Health Service (KPLHS) approaches to enhance access to HIV testing, prevention and treatment among men who have sex with men and transgender women. She currently oversees the establishment of a national platform for accreditation and legalization of KP lay providers to ensure domestic funding towards KPLHS sustainability.
The Tangerine Clinic, established and led by transgender people to provide integrated hormone and sexual health services in Bangkok, is a successful KPLHS example which has served more than 3,000 transgender clients over a 3-year period. The model is being expanded to community-based organizations, as well as public and private clinics, in a few countries in South-East Asia.
Dr Phanuphak has served as the Asia Pacific representative in the IAS Governing Council since 2018.
Dr Seow Cherng Jye is a consultant endocrinologist in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, visiting consultant to the National Center of Infectious Diseases and Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore.
He did his subspeciality training in diabetes technology in 2015/2016 at Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. He subsequently went to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA in 2017 to gain further exposure to the management of complex disorders in Endocrinology. On the education front, he is the program director of National Healthcare Group Senior Residency in Endocrinology.
He is also interested in research, completed the Masters in Clinical Investigation in 2019 and has received grants for his work on diabetes mellitus. He has been working closely with fellow colleagues from the Institute of Mental Health since 2016 in the care of transgenders in Singapore.
Dr Rose ZW Ting is the specialist in endocrinology and diabetes of a private diabetes & endocrine centre in Hong Kong. Currently she is also the honorary clinical associate professor of the Hong Kong Institute of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Following her graduation in the University of Hong Kong in 2005, Dr Ting completed her internship in the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics of the Prince of Wales Hospital and joined the department as a resident in 2006. She obtained her fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism in 2012. She was promoted to associate consultant of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Prince of Wales Hospital in 2015.
Since 2014, she was involved in the centralized transgender clinic in Hong Kong and in her private endocrinology centre (after her commencement in private practice); her major duty was to offer endocrine assessment and hormonal therapy to transgender clients.
Her publications focused on diabetology especially on the mental and behavioral aspect in patients with type 2 diabetes, such as the epidemiology of type 2 diabetes and depression, mental health screening and peer support intervention.
Mr Yeptain Leung is a speech therapist currently practising in Hong Kong. He is also currently undertaking his Doctor of Philosophy with Professor Jennifer Oates at La Trobe University. He has a particular interest in the human voice and has worked extensively with the trans population in Hong Kong helping trans individuals develop gender congruent communication.
In 2016, Yeptain received an Endeavour Scholarship from the Australian Government’s Department of Education to undertake research and coursework at Karolinska Institutet related to the role of speech pathology in the trans voice training. During the time, he was under the supervision of Professor Maria Södersten.
Dr. Sorawit Wainipitapong is an attending psychiatrist in King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, and a faculty member at department of psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
His interests include university students’ mental health and he has an active role at Chulalongkorn Student Wellness center as a consulting psychiatrist. He is also interested in psychiatric sexual disorders and gender dysphoria.
In 2019, he has received grant for his research focusing on depression among transgenders after sex reassignment surgery.
Andrew Burd is a British trained Plastic Surgeon and a Harvard trained Scientist. His major specialty was post-burn reconstruction. It was in the course of learning about genital reconstruction that he met Joris Hage at the Free University in Amsterdam. Joris introduced him to patients undergoing gender confirming surgery. This led to a life long professional interest in gender and medicine.
In the UK he was primarily involved in FTM surgery. He relocated to Hong Kong in 1999 where he was the Professor of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He continued an active and supportive role in developing clinical services for the transgender community. He has retired from clinical practice now but maintains an active concern for providing support and care for those undergoing transition. Searching for the true self in body and mind is a journey that should not be taken alone.
Dr. Poonpissamai Suwajo was born in Bangkok, Thailand. She obtained her medical degree and plastic and reconstructive surgery residency training from Chulalongkorn University. She is now a staff and lecturer at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Chulalongkorn University. Her mentor is Dr. Preecha Tiewtranont, who is a pioneer in sex reassignment surgery in Thailand.
Dr. Suwajo has ten years’ experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery, with special interest in transgender surgeries. She familiar with sex reassignment surgeries especially in male to female such as penile skin inversion with/without scrotal skin graft, colonic vaginoplasty and peritoneal vaginoplasty. She is a member of Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand, Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Thailand, The Society of Aesthetic surgeons of Thailand, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. She is now also work for society of plastic and reconstructive surgeons of Thailand as an educational committee.
Kritima Samitpol is a Thai transgender woman working for Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre as a Clinic Supervisor for Tangerine Community Health Clinic. Tangerine Community Health Clinic is the first sexual health and well-being clinic for transgender people in Thailand. She works closely with the transgender community in addressing their health concerns and needs by providing them with the most up-to-date knowledge and comprehensive health services.