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Morissa Ladinsky

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Chapter Member: Alabama SSN

About Morissa

Dr. Ladinsky is a clinician and medical educator with focus on child health equity for vulnerable populations. She leads the region's only youth focused gender health team, medically fragile NICU graduate care team, and interdisciplinary medical-legal care teams for women facing substance dependence in pregnancy and parenting. She serves on several regional and state advisory boards and traverses the arena of policy engagement relative to gender affirming care. She speaks and lectures locally and nationally to enhance understanding of gender diverse young people, substance affected dyads and the elements sustaining today's health disparities.

In the News

Morissa Ladinsky quoted on knowledge gaps in the provision of gender-affirming care by Helen Santoro, "Transgender People in Rural America Struggle to Find Doctors Willing or Able to Provide Care" CBS News, January 20, 2023.
Morissa Ladinsky quoted on testimony given in support of blocking Alabama's ban on gender-affirming care by Anne Branigin, "Alabama’s Ban on Medication for Trans Youths Is Blocked by Judge" The Washington Post, May 14, 2022.
Morissa Ladinsky quoted on the potential harm of discontinuing gender-transitioning medical treatment for transgender youth by Jacob Holmes, "Doctors Testify Against Alabama Law Criminalizing Transgender Medical Treatment" Alabama Political Reporter, May 6, 2022.
Interview on the similarities between her advocacy work and her Jewish faith Morissa Ladinsky (with Richard Friedman), Southern Jewish Life, May 4, 2022.
Guest to discuss how legislation banning gender-affirming care affects doctors and their patients on 1A, Morissa Ladinsky (with Sophia Alvarez Boyd), April 14, 2022.
"I’m a Doctor and Alabama Could Arrest Me for Doing My Job," Morissa Ladinsky, Advance Local, May 10, 2021.
Guest to discuss treating transgender youth on Let's Think On It, Morissa Ladinsky (with Mark Westfall), April 10, 2021.
Morissa Ladinsky quoted on providing gender-affirming care in Alabama by Melissa Block, "‘It’s Hurtful’: Trans Youth Speaks Out As Alabama Debates Banning Medical Treatment" NPR, March 28, 2021.
Morissa Ladinsky quoted on the need for comprehensive healthcare policies to address substance abuse during pregnancy by Anna Claire Vollers, "New Moms in Alabama Face Suspicion Over Error-Prone Drug Screens" Advance Local, February 9, 2020.
Morissa Ladinsky quoted on her opposition to HB 491 by Mike Cason, "Doctors Question Need for Alabama ‘Born Alive’ Bill" Advance Local, May 23, 2019.

Publications

"Use of Term Reference Infants in Assessing the Developmental Outcome of Extremely Preterm Infants: Lessons Learned in a Multicenter Study" (with Charles E. Green, Jon E. Tyson, and Roy J. Heyne et al.). Journal of Perinatology 43 (2023): 1398–1405.

Assesses the impairment rates of extremely preterm (EP) infants using a comparison with healthy term reference (TR) infants born in the same hospital to determine if EP impairment rates are underestimated using Bayley III norm-based thresholds scores. Findings suggest that EP impairment rates are significantly underestimated when using Bayley III norms, and utilizing TR-based thresholds provides a more accurate assessment.