by: Eric Philips Updated:
CONCORD - Carolinas HealthCare System sent a letter to patients last week regarding the gender transition of one of its doctors.
Dr. Hal Levin has served as part of Piedmont Pediatrics in Concord since 1994. Levin currently serves as the practice’s medical director.
“Effective March 23, 2015, Dr. Levin, who is currently going through a gender transition, will begin practicing as Dr. Laura Levin,” the letter read. “Though Dr. Levin’s appearance will change, we can assure you that Dr. Levin will continue to practice medicine in a way that supports Carolinas HealthCare System’s mission and core values.”
Carolinas HealthCare System said the doctor would be available to parents and guardians to answer questions they might have.
Christy Conner's family was one of many at Piedmont Pediatrics that recently received two letters.
“I wanted my son to have a male doctor because I thought that'll be cool it's another guy and now he's not going to be anymore,” Conner said.
The other letter came from Levin.
"I hope you will see that I am the same person at my core that I have always been -- a physician who cares deeply about patients, who provides compassionate, excellent care," the letter read.
David Garner brought his son Dalton to the practice for the first time Wednesday. He was not affected by the news.
“I think we're living in a new day and age where I think people are a little more open minded in my honest opinion to each their own,” Garner said.
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