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22 August 2009

Louis Gooren (1943 - ) endocrinologist.

Louis Gooren was born in Wanssum, in the Netherlands. He was educated at the medical school of the Catholic University of Nijmegen, 1962-70, and then trained in internal medicine and endocrinology at the Vrije Universiteit (Free University) of Amsterdam, 1972-6.

In 1975 he founded the gender clinic at the Free University Hospital. In 1976 he studied with John Money at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He was registered as a specialist in in internal medicine and endocrinology in 1977, and completed his PhD on testicular hormones in 1981.

In 1988 he became the Professor of Endocrinology at the special chair of Transsexology at the Free University.

He is also interested in male aging, and co-edited two books on the subject.

He is highly critical of Michael Bailey’s book. He was featured in the 2005 television film, Middle Sexes.

He has treated over 2,200 transsexuals. He was one of the first sex-change doctors to accept patients as young as five years old.

He retired in 2008, but still works at the Free University, and also works as a consultant in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Patients include: Veronique RenardRachel Pollack

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