Scripps Supports LGBT Community

Scripps takes pride in our patients

Scripps takes pride in our patients

Scripps Health is a proud supporter of the LGBT community. For five consecutive years (2012-16), Scripps Health has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the national Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.

Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.

LGBT-welcoming physicians

While all physicians at Scripps Health see patients regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, the following directory comprises physicians who have specifically requested to be listed as LGBT-welcoming. (Always verify with the physician’s office that they accept your insurance.)

Aakif Ahmad, MD

Specialty: Endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism

Areas of expertise/interest: Endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism; internal medicine

LGBT-specific services: Hormone therapy for patients making the transition from male to female or female to male

Scripps Clinic, John R. Anderson V Medical Pavilion

9898 Genesee Ave., 6th Floor

La Jolla 92037


Kathryn Gabrielson, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics

Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo

15025 Innovation Drive S97

San Diego 92128


Dale Mitchell, MD

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology

Areas of expertise/interest: Obstetrics & Gynecology

LGBT-specific services: Full gamut of women’s care including ob/gyn and basic fertility; referral to reproductive endocrinology for assisted fertility services

Non-English languages spoken: Spanish

9333 Genesee Ave., Suite 170

San Diego 92121


Marialyn Sardo, MD

Specialty: Plastic surgery

9850 Genesee Ave., Suite 840

La Jolla 92037


Lawrence J. Schlitt, MD

Specialty: Family practice

LGBT-specific services: Offer HIV testing and PrEP medication (Truvada); provide guidance for patients with questions or issues related to their sexual orientation 

Scripps Clinic Del Mar

12395 El Camino Real #120

San Diego 92130


Lila Schmidt, MD

Specialties: Obstetrics and gynecology; Reproductive endocrinology/infertility

Areas of expertise/interest: Infertility (including IUI and IVF), PMS and menopause, reproductive endocrinology

Non-English languages spoken: Spanish

3969 4th Ave., # 207

San Diego 92103


Gary N. Woodall, MD

Specialty: Internal medicine

Area of expertise/interest: HIV prevention and treatment

LGBT-specific services: HIV prevention and treatment

2970 Fifth Ave., Suite 140

San Diego 92103


Gwendolyn Wright, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics

LGBT-specific services: General pediatric care for families and teens; expertise in school/behavior problems

Scripps Coastal Medical Center Hillcrest 

501 Washington St., Suite 600 

San Diego 92103


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