Romero Research Program

LGBTQ+ Health Care


Romero Research Program: LGBTQ+ Health Care

Dr. Romero’s goal is to arm healthcare providers with current data and best practices so they will be well positioned to meet the health care needs of their LGBTQ+ patients. Dr. Romero’s work has focused on understanding and addressing the educational gaps in LGBTQ+ health care proficiency in Ob/Gyn.

  • Guerrero-Hall KD, Muscanell R, Romero IL, and Chor J. Obstetrics and Gynecology resident physician experiences with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer healthcare training. Medical Science Educator. 2021 January. PMID: 34457914.
  • Romero IL. Obstetrics and gynecology: A specialty at the forefront of care for LBGTQ patients. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine. 2017 Sept; 35(5):420-425. PMID: 29073676.
  • Bushe S and Romero IL. Lesbian Pregnancy: Care and Considerations. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine. 2017 Sept; 35(5):420-425. PMID: 29073680.

In addition to her research, Dr. Romero's clinical work focuses on providing a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ patients. Recently, she helped launch the Transgender Clinic for Affirmation and Reproductive Equity (CARE) at UChicago Medicine alongside colleague and obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Andrew Fisher


Guest Editor

Oct. 2017: Seminars in Reproductive Medicine, Ob/Gyn: A Specialty at the Forefront of Care for LGBTQ Patients. As the guest editor, I developed the content of the issue and recruited national experts to contribute articles on the following topics:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology: A Specialty at the Forefront of Care for LBGTQ Patients –Iris Romero MD, University of Chicago
  • Establishing Effective Health Care Partnerships with Sexual and Gender Minority Patients: Recommendations for Obstetrician Gynecologists - Scott Cook PhD, University of Chicago
  • Family Building By Same-Sex Male Couples Via Gestational SurrogacyHelen Kim MD, University of Chicago
  • Co-IVF for Same-Sex Female Couples – Alan B Copperman MD, Mount Sinai
  • Lesbian Pregnancy: Care and Considerations – Sierra Bushe CNM and Iris Romero MD, University of Chicago
  • Preventive Health for Transgender Men and Women – Katherine Imborek MD, University of Iowa
  • Sexual Dysfunction in Lesbian Women: A Systematic Review of the Literature– Jannelle Sobecki Rausch MD, Northwestern University
  • Family Planning for Sexual Minority Women – Sadia Haider, University of Chicago