My name is Elijah Castle. I currently work as a study coordinator in the Hunter Alliance for Research and Translation (HART) at Hunter College. Previously, I have worked in the gender-affirming surgery program at NYU Langone as a research coordinator and at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center as a medical case manager in the Health Outreach to Teens (HOTT) program. I also have done graduate coursework in bioethics at the NYU School of Global Public Health. For over five years, I have provided peer and community support and education on topics related to trans healthcare and surgery navigation (especially genital surgeries).
My work at HART focuses primarily on projects related to trauma-informed approaches to healthcare and research, sexual health for trans men and transmasculine people, health education and knowledge dissemination, community engagement, healthcare analytics, and program evaluation. I am particularly interested in research related to patient-provider relationships, clinical ethics, and informed consent, as well as the relationships and interactions between trans surgeries and embodiment.
I strive for all of my work to be community-centered. My specific academic research interests and expertise include:
Gender-affirming surgery, most specifically genital surgery
Sexual health, pleasure, and embodiment after genital surgery
Clinical ethics, including patient autonomy, informed consent, and patient-provider relationships
Trauma-informed approaches to healthcare and research
Knowledge dissemination, health education, and community engagement
Weight stigma and gender-affirming healthcare
I have presented at numerous conferences on many of the above topics for both community members and professional audiences, including the annual World Professional Association for Transgender Health and United States Professional Association for Transgender Health conferences, the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, and the American Urological Association Annual Meetings.
Oral Abstracts and Presentations:
If you would like to see my full CV, please contact me via the link at the bottom of this page.
I have consulted for and provided education for medical residency programs, surgical practices, and others working in trans healthcare. I also have experience in program evaluation and healthcare analytics for trans healthcare providers and organizations.
I am available for consultation, presentations, education, and other opportunities for collaboration.
If you would like to see samples of my work or discuss working together, please get in touch.