Joshua Safer serves as the Medical Director of the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Boston Medical Center. He is also the Program Director for the Endocrinology Fellowship at Boston University Medical Center, the director of Endocrinology Education at Boston University School of Medicine, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the BU School of Medicine.
Dr. Safer received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. He completed his internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and his endocrinology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Dr. Safer is steering committee co-chair of the international transgender research consortium, TransNet, which seeks to develop national research strategy in transgender medicine. In addition, he is a past president of the Association of Specialty Professors, the umbrella organization for leaders in internal medicine subspecialty education. Dr. Safer serves on the Endocrine Society task force that is revising guidelines for the medical care of transgender patients, on the Global Education Initiative committee for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), on the Standards of Care revision committee for WPATH, and as a scientific co-chair for WPATH’s international meeting.
Dr. Safer's research focus has been to demonstrate health and quality of life benefits accruing from increased access to care for transgender patients. His current and past sources of funding support include the NIH and a number of private foundations. Dr. Safer has been developing novel transgender medicine curricular content at the BU School of Medicine and is pursuing efforts to share them nationally.