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Call for papers - Gender-inclusive medical imaging

Guest Editors

Frances Grimstad, MD, MS, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University, USA
Huber David Jaramillo Gil, PhD, Cornell University, USA
Vaz Zavaletta, MD, PhD, University of Colorado, USA

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 8 December 2024

BMC Medical Imaging is calling for submissions to our Collection on imaging techniques that facilitate gender inclusivity and gender affirmation to prevent, counter, or overcome gender-related health disparities through inclusive procedures and practices. 

Meet the Guest Editors

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Frances Grimstad, MD, MS, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University, USA

Frances Grimstad is a Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. She has completed fellowships in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Children's Mercy Hospital as well as Gender Affirming Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. 

She engages in clinical and research work surrounding transgender and intersex reproductive health. She has been involved in trans health advocacy since her own adolescence, when she decided to pursue medicine to address disparities in care faced by these communities. Her interests center around optimizing reproductive health outcomes for both populations including hormonal and menstrual management, sexual health, surgical care, and family planning.  Dr Grimstad believes in using research and advocacy to dismantle clinical bias and bring more evidence-based care to gender- and sex-diverse patients. 

At Boston Children’s, she is the founder of the Transgender Reproductive Health Service and also the gynecologist in the Center for Gender Surgery and the Being-U clinic (the program for patients with intersex traits, or differences in sexual development). 

Huber David Jaramillo Gil, PhD, Cornell University, USA

As a Program Manager in Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion within the Department of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, Dr Jaramillo Gil supports efforts to transform institutions, inspire colleagues, engage campus leaders, and devise culturally competent outcomes. In the first phase of their academic career, their research centered on the experiences of queer and trans people across diverse cultural contexts and within repressive systems of power. Their current research interests include health care equity in the field of radiology and imaging, long-standing and emerging health disparities, evaluation of health policies and programs, leadership and organizational change, and development of diverse learning environments.

Vaz Zavaletta, MD, PhD, University of Colorado, USA

Dr Vaz Zavaletta, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Pediatric Interventional Radiologist at the University of Colorado and Children's Hospital Colorado, is a dedicated advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in radiology. As Chair of the Gender Diversity Workgroup under the ACR's Commission for Women and Diversity, Dr Zavaletta amplifies the voices of transgender and gender-expansive patients, fostering a culture of acceptance. Through advocacy and policy development, Dr Zavaletta shapes an inclusive environment where individuals of all gender identities feel supported. Their impactful presentations and publications cover clinical approaches, ethics, and diversity in radiology education and research, driving progress and inclusivity in the field.


About the Collection

BMC Medical Imaging is calling for submissions to our Collection on gender-inclusive medical practice in medical imaging.

A growing body of literature supports gender-related health disparities including in sexual and gender minority individuals. Gender-inclusive medical practice aims to prevent, counter, and overcome these disparities; medical imaging can play an integral role in this.

Gender inclusive medical imaging includes recognizing the different ways in which  medical treatments, diagnostic tools, and other imaging procedures may be employed in individuals following gender affirming hormone therapy or surgeries. It also includes understanding how medical imaging as a field should change to be inclusive of transgender, gender diverse, and non-binary patients.  This can be achieved through the implementation of inclusive principles for clinicians, by facilitating gender affirmation, assertive communication, and supportive relationships with patients, as well as helping improve body image.

This collection welcomes studies developing, evaluating, or investigating imaging techniques, procedures, or imaging data reporting practices that facilitate gender affirmation through medical tools, including the use of gender-inclusive diagrams, preoperative evaluation or postoperative management after gender-affirming surgery.

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There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Gender-inclusive medical imaging" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.