Vanderbilt Agrees to Halt All Gender Transition Surgeries for Minors

After a report exposed Vanderbilt University Medical Center for performing and bragging about performing gender transition surgeries for minors, and after a letter from Tennessee state legislators, the hospital has agreed to cease all such medical procedures.

“HUGE NEWS: following our report, Vanderbilt has agreed to pause all gender transition surgeries on minors,” said Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh, who first exposed the medical center. “The fight is far from over but this will save children from mutilation and abuse. An incredibly important victory. Praise God.”

He attached a letter from the medical center addressed to State Rep. Jason Zachary (R-District 14), which stated in no uncertain terms that Vanderbilt will halt gender transition surgeries for minors.

“You have asked VUMC to permanently halt gender affirmation surgeries being performed on minor children,” says the letter penned by C. Wright Pinson, VUMC’s Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer. “On September 6, 2022, [World Professional Association of Transgender Health] published a new version of its recommendations to health care professionals for treatment of transgender persons, known as SOC-8. In light of these new recommendations, and as part of completing our internal clinical review of SOC-8 guidance in patients under 18, we will be seeking advice from local and national clinic experts. We are pausing gender affirmation surgeries on patients under 18 while we complete this review, which may take several months.”

The letter also says that if the General Assembly bans transition surgeries for minors, the medical center plans to comply with the law.

Zachary wrote the following in his original letter:

While those 18 years and older are recognized as legal adults and free to make decisions in their best interests, it is an egregious error of judgment that an institution as highly respected as Vanderbilt would condone (and promote) harmful and irreversible procedures for minor children in the name of profit.

The Vanderbilt Pediatric Transgender Clinic’s practices qualify as nothing less than child abuse,” the letter says. “Further, we are appalled that these reports demonstrate threats by Vanderbilt personnel to take adverse action against employees who are contentious and religious objectors to genital disfiguring and double mastectomies of children.

Initially, Walsh posted a video in which Shayne Taylor, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine, bragged that sex change surgeries are lucrative for the hospital.

“These surgeries are labor intensive,” Taylor said. “They require a lot of followup. They require a lot of O.R. [operating room] time, and they make money – they make money for the hospital.”

Taylor continued:

And this is only including top surgery. This isn’t including any bottom surgery. And it’s a lot of money. These surgeries make a lot of money. So, female to male chest reconstruction can bring in $40,000. A patient just on routine hormone treatment who is only seen a few times a year can bring in several thousand dollars … Now these are not from the internet. But it’s from the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, which has done a lot of surgery for patients. I just want to give you an idea of how much bottom surgeries are making.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Vanderbilt University Medical Center” by Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 



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16 Thoughts to “Vanderbilt Agrees to Halt All Gender Transition Surgeries for Minors”

  1. Extreme MAGA

    Boycott, Divest, Sanction Vanderbilt!

  2. Gloria OSteen

    Thanks for responding so quickly VUMC!
    As a minor contributor, it makes me feel much better to know that the terrible practice of gender mutilation was occurring. If it only was ONE CHILD, that was one too many.

    Again, thanks, Dwight, for standing up and taking the hits for all those who approved this now defunct project.

  3. william delzell

    These Republicans simply want to drive trans-children to suicide. They don’t care about victims of crime because they are some of the VICTIMIZERS!

    1. DR71

      Trans people seem to kill themselves more often after “reassignment” surgery. Do some research instead of listening to the lying media

    2. Susan West

      These kids are not old enough to make these decisions! The people who want this stopped are not victimizers, they are people who care about the children. The hospital was doing this for the money, not for caring any more about the well-fare of the children.

  4. Wolf Woman

    @cannoneer2. I’m thinking you don’t have children.

  5. Charles Sims

    Big whoop! As best I can tell from the reading is that the will “pause” for a few months.

    So (except for the victims) is this a win-win?

  6. You Know Who

    VUMC is hairsplitting in their coverup. Delineating their top and bottom surgeries from their puberty blocking or chemically castrating minors.

    Sending your kids to a conversion therapy summer camp is bad, but sending them to a hospital to cut their breasts off or rendering them a eunuch is good parenting?

    It’s so unsurprising that behind every one of these confused kids is a liberal ideologue parent willing to give consent to experiment on them. Having a “transgender” child is a status symbol for liberals and they encourage the confusion if they have a tomboyish girl or a slightly feminine boy.

    Say what this really is…Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy with these liberal parents. Ideologically acceptable child abuse, sexual exploitation and experimentation of minors to enhance the social status of the parents with their liberal friends.

    1. 83ragtop50

      YKW – You hit the nail on the head. No more mutilation surgery (maybe) but still administering puberty blockers, etc. It the old watch the right hand while the left hand does the dirty work trick. Vanderbilt in all of its medical and education operations is so far leftwing one needs a telescope to see them.

  7. Karen

    Agree LakeDweller! It’s more than obvious that this will affect a lot more than 5 people! Why would the lady (can’t remember her name) that was in the original video be bragging about it being such a money-maker if only 5 people are involved? The common sense answer is that they were planning on many, many more!

    Thank you Matt Walsh for breaking this wide open for the world to see!

  8. Karen L Bracken

    Something doesn’t smell right with this decision. I feel deception taking place. They will use some way around this I can bet the house on that.

  9. Dr Ken

    Halting? These procedures should never have been started. The medical staff involved, the faculty involved, the administrators who approved starting the transition surgeries for minors should immediately be fired. Child Protective Services should be called to investigate, not that they can or should do anything more than legally memorialize in the child abuse state system, those who were involved in the mutilating of children. Yes, that will effect their professional careers both here in Tennessee and US wide. The medical profession, of which I am proud, needs to rid itself of these Mengele type butchers. Donors need to “think twice” before giving money to Vanderbilt University.

  10. LakeDweller

    Prior commenter is deluded and wrong, if not totally morally corrupt. It doesn’t matter how many children are sexually mutilated, one is evil.

    1. Cannoneer2

      It isn’t the issue. It’s priorities. In my district there are pressing issues that, if solved, would positively affect many more than 5 people per year, but those aren’t at the top of the list like this hot button, “get your name in the paper” issue is. That’s the problem.

  11. Cannoneer2

    Affects 5 people per year. If this is the primary thing our legislators have on their agenda they should be REPLACED!

    1. Thomas A Groover

      Did someone say it was the primary thing? Did someone say it affects 5 people per year every year including future years? What is a good number per year that would determine whether good or wretched?