Ilana Sherer

ilana_shererIlana Sherer, MD is a pediatrician practicing in San Francisco, CA whose professional interests include improving the delivery of primary care for children with special health care needs, gender variant children, and immigrants, as well as using written medical narratives to advocate for policy change. She will be a 2011 graduate of the UCSF Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) Residency Program, where she is working with a network of professionals from diverse disciplines to create BayGap: the Bay Area Youth Gender Acceptance Project, a comprehensive clinic without walls for gender variant children, youth, and families. Her personal vision is to educate her pediatrician colleagues to recognize and address gender variance in early childhood and to support families and communities in creating accepting environments for their children throughout childhood and early adulthood. Originally from the Allentown, PA, she received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her MD from University of Pennsylvania in 2003, and worked in public health increasing access to care for the uninsured before entering the medical field. After work, she can be found on stage performing as a klezmer violinist, riding her road bike down the California coast, or writing.