LGBTQIA+ Resources

The University of Texas Medical Branch, in compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations, strives to maintain an environment free from discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin sex (including pregnancy), age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, or veteran status.

Finding a physician:

See a List of LGBTQIA+ Responsive Health Care Providers


Patient Navigator

Patient Navigator Savannah Parks, M.Ed., LBSW is available to assist patients in the LGBTQIA+ community with access to quality health care in an accepting, supportive environment.

Savannah can help guide LGBTQIA+ patients and their families navigate the health system, assist with locating resources and help connect patients to providers comfortable with LGBTQIA+ needs, including evaluation for transgender hormone therapy and LGBTQIA+ family planning.

Savannah is also a point of contact for referring physicians. She can be reached at 409-266-7542 or, Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


UTMB Health provides care for a diverse patient population. A new web page highlights resources for transgender and gender nonconforming patients and individuals seeking care. There are several clinical avenues available to assist patients in a variety of gender-related services, including multiple options for gender-affirming hormones.

Visit the Transgender Care webpage

UTMB is an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader in the Human Rights Campaign's 2018 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) Resource Guide (PDF document). 626 health care facilities participated in the 2018 survey; 67% received this designation. UTMB received  full credit in the following areas: non-discrimination and staff training, patient services and support, and patient and community engagement.


The Mission of the Department of Healthcare Epidemiology is to establish and maintain a proactive program of surveillance, prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections and occupational exposures to infectious diseases.

We utilize policy/procedure, education, communication and epidemiological techniques to promote good outcomes.  

Zika Q&A for the Community
Zika Information for the Community
UTMB Newsroom: Zika Virus Disease
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