Trans Day of Visibility: Meet Gresha Shah!

March 28, 2024

In honour of the Trans Day of Visibility on March 31, we are highlighting some of the changemakers in our Transition Related Surgery Program whose work exemplifies what it means to ensure trans and gender diverse individuals are seen, heard, respected and valued.

Name: Gresha Shah

Pronouns: She/Her

Title & Department: Research Assistant, Transition Related Surgery Program

On the WCH team for: 1.5 years

1. What does your typical day look like?

My daily work routine is quite varied. I am currently working on three different research projects, all aiming to enhance our understanding of the neovaginal microbiome and advance healthcare for transfeminine individuals. I am primarily responsible for ensuring the seamless progression of our studies by managing participant recruitment, coordinating data collection efforts, and collaborating with stakeholders within and outside the hospital. I am also involved in reviewing the literature to identify existing evidence on transition-related surgery outcomes.

2. What excites you the most about working in TRS at WCH?

The most rewarding part about working in the TRS program at WCH is collaborating with an incredible team deeply committed to improving transgender healthcare. I continue to learn and grow in my role, drawing inspiration from our patients and their experiences. It makes me very happy to know that my contributions will help address knowledge gaps and improve medical care for transgender and gender-diverse patients in the future.

3. How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience?

Our research will help identify factors that contribute to an optimal neovaginal microbiota, with direct implications for clinical practice. Through our findings, we can enhance treatment options for transfeminine individuals undergoing vaginoplasty and improve their genital health. Many of our patients have expressed their enthusiasm for advancing TRS research which further boosts my own excitement, highlighting the importance and impact of our work.

4. What does Trans day of Visibility mean to you?

To me, Trans Day of Visibility is a time to celebrate the transgender community and amplify their voices. Through my work in the TRS program, I have gained invaluable insights into the barriers and struggles faced by transgender people. By advocating for their rights and dignity, we can pave the way for future generations to embrace their identities without fear.