Veenod L. Chulani

Section Chief, Adolescent Medicine Phoenix Children's Hospital

Veenod Chulani, MD, MSED, FSAHM, CEDS, leads Phoenix Children’s Adolescent Medicine Program and is one of only a handful of specialists in Arizona.Dr. Chulani also specializes in working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth, including those seeking cross-gender hormonal therapies. Dr. Chulani is Section Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He received his medical degree from Ateneo de Davao University and completed his pediatric residency training at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York where he also served as chief resident. Dr. Chulani completed clinical and research fellowships in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and an academic fellowship in Youth Violence Prevention from the California Wellness Foundation’s Violence Prevention Initiative. He obtained in Masters in Medical Education from the University of Southern California – Keck School of Medicine and maintains a strong interest in medical education.

Dr. Chulani is board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. His clinical and research interests include adolescent sexual and reproductive health, including the care of gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender, and questioning youth (GLBTQ) and eating disorders and he has lectured nationally and internationally on a host of topics related to Adolescent Medicine.

Presentation Eating Disorders in Gender Diverse Youth

Greater visibility of diverse gender identities has contributed to the increasing recognition of eating disorders affecting gender diverse youth, among other inequities and health disparities. This session reviews the prevalence and clinical presentation of eating disorders in gender diverse youth. Additionally, it examines themes in the development and maintenance of eating disorders in gender diverse youth from research and their implications for clinical practice. Based on emerging research on protective factors, the session highlights the importance of affirmative, strength-based, and equity-oriented approaches in eating disorders treatment and prevention. Recognizing the centrality of gender-affirming care to comprehensive treatment, the session also provides an overview of clinical guidelines for the continuum of gender-affirming interventions for the eating disorders professional.