John Francis Randolph Jr
Briarwood Center For Reproductive Medicine (University of Michigan Obstetrics & Gynecology)
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The only problem with Dr. Randolph is that he is so highly in demand. He is the best doctor I have ever kind. A truly kind human who remembers you and cares about you. He is worth the waiting list, I promise you.
Nice guy, staff is kind. I had no problems. He is interested in and supportive of trans health. My therapist referred me to him after speaking with him at a conference and hearing good things from others.
Many years of experience with trans people. Staff asked for, and called me by, my requested name. I get a quick reply to questions / issues I have in going through his nurse via email. His schedule books quickly. It is difficult to get in to see him without a long wait.
I saw Dr. Randolph for the first time a couple of weeks ago (Aug 2015), to get a T prescription. I was referred by my therapist, and did have to supply a letter.
The staff were quite polite and friendly, and happily added my preferred name to their records. There were a few times with the intake forms & questions that I felt a bit awkward answering (mostly about period cycles and sexual history... I assume these are more relevant to the majority of patients, who are cis and seeking other reproductive services). But I left several things blank / kept my answers short and was not pressed further.
Dr. Randolph himself struck me as friendly and businesslike, and wrote me a prescription after a short conversation about risks and benefits. The only thing I remain uncertain about is his stance on low-dose T, which he feels can be dangerous in the long term due to cancer risks associated with erratic menstrual cycles (this is not my area of expertise; I'm just reiterating). This is something I had not heard of before. In any case, I am starting on a low dose to be increased later.
I have spoken to several other transmasculine folks / transguys who go to Dr. Randolph and so far they have been positive (though they're new patients, like me).
Dr. Randolph is frequently recommended for trans* related obgyn care in Ann Arbor. I heard about him through the UMHS-CGSP (Comprehensive Gender Services Program). I had a very negative experience with him and recommend avoiding him.
I had an obgyn checkup with Dr. Randolph specifically to discuss options for a hysterectomy. Before the examination I told him I was interested in LAVH, LSH, or possibly a vaginal hysterectomy in order to minimize scars and recovery time. He said he only performs TAH for trans* patients because of vaginal atrophy and would not consider LAVH or LSH for anyone on testosterone. This was stated prior to any actual examination. During the exam, he made blanket statements about trans* bodies and sexual practices based on his assumptions rather than on the reality of my body or my sexual practices (for example, that ftm folks don't have vaginal intercourse and therefore have smaller vaginas). Needless to say, I did not pursue a hysterectomy with him. I have not found another obgyn surgeon in the Ann Arbor area who was willing to perform a hysterectomy for a trans* patient. However, while not an obgyn, Dr. Heather Lee Holmstrom at Domino Family Medicine in Ann Arbor is great for general gynecological care.