Jessica Lapinski, DO
Duke Family Medicine Center
The decision to pursue family medicine evolved from my love of diversity. I relish the idea of being able to care for the entire spectrum of the population, regardless of age, sex, orientation, race or socioeconomic status. I believe it is the family physicians’ role to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care that takes into account the biological, behavioral and social aspects of health.
I am passionate about research, especially research that examines healthcare disparities and effective physician-patient interactions. My main areas of expertise are LGBT-related issues (LGBT health, LGBT institutional climate, curriculum development) and student/resident mental health (burnout, depression, wellness). In addition I have an interest in deaf culture and sign language. I have conducted and successfully published several research studies, presented at a variety of conferences and am a recipient of an American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) grant. I was awarded AACOM’s Outstanding Medical Education Research Poster and Presentation Award, in addition to several other research awards.
Dr. Lapinski was the most queer/trans friendly doctor I've ever been to. I was asked about my organs instead of the doctor making assumptions based on my assigned sex. I was asked my pronouns and my partner's pronouns. Dr. Lapinski first sat and just talked to me for about 20 minutes before doing anything else. I would definitely recommend!! The only downside was the front desk staff who wasn't sure how to gender me and made a joke about it which was annoying, but I know Dr. Lapinski doesn't have a lot of control over that. Make sure to clarify when you call that your particular insurance plan doesn't charge extra fees for the facility.