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Rebecca Allison

Rebecca Allison

American cardiologist
Rebecca Allison
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Intro American cardiologist
Is Activist Physician Cardiologist Civil rights advocate LGBT rights activist
From United States of America
Type Activism Healthcare
Gender female
Birth 21 December 1946, Greenwood
Age 74 years
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Rebecca Anne "Becky" Allison (born December 21, 1946) is an American cardiologist and transgender activist. She served as President of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) and as Chair of the American Medical Association's Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues.
 

Life

Allison was born in Greenwood, Mississippi to Errol Ward Atkinson and Mabel Blackwell Atkinson. She transitioned in 1993 while living in Jackson, Mississippi.

Career

Allison graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1971. After practicing primary care/internal medicine, in 1985 she returned to school to study cardiology, working in that field beginning in 1987. Later, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona, for a position with CIGNA and served as their chief of cardiology from 1998 to 2012, when she entered private practice. Phoenix Magazine named Allison one of the "Top Doctors" in Phoenix for 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Activism

In 1998, Allison created drbecky.com, a resource site focusing on the medical, legal, and spiritual needs of transgender people. The website includes a compilation of statutes for amending sex on a birth certificate, a brochure on facial feminization surgery by Douglas Ousterhout, criticism of the controversial 2003 book The Man Who Would Be Queen by J. Michael Bailey, and a section on spirituality. Allison's website is frequently cited in guidelines for LGBT health care. In addition to the GLMA, she is Chair of the American Medical Association Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, and assisted in passage of AMA Resolution 22, "Removing Financial Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients." Allison is also active in Soulforce and organizes the Phoenix Transgender Day of Remembrance annually with her partner Margaux Schaffer.

Selected publications

  • Allison RA (2007). Transsexualism. In Fink G (ed.) Encyclopedia of Stress (2nd Edition). Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-12-088503-9
  • Allison RA (2007). Transsexualism. In Pfaff D, Arnold A, Etgen A, Fahrbach S, Rubin R (eds.) Hormones, Brain, and Behavior (2nd Edition). Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-12-532104-4
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