Scott F. Leibowitz, MD :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Contact Information

700 Children's Dr
Columbus, OH 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722-4545
FX: (614) 722-3285


Scott F. Leibowitz, MD, has been working in the field of gender dysphoria and diversity in youth since 2008 during his fellowship training at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is the co-chairman of the Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Issues Committee for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is on the faculty for the World Professional Association of Transgender Health's Global Education Initiative. Clinically he works with gender diverse youth of all ages, and his academic area of interest is related to improving gender and sexuality competence for providers across disciplines. He is currently the Medical Director of Behavioral Health for Nationwide Children's THRIVE gender development program, serving gender diverse youth of all ages within a multidisciplinary settings, but is also a named Expert Educator, involved in curricular development at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Leibowitz has been involved in advocacy efforts nationally as an expert witness on conversion therapy and transgender youth's rights within public settings. He is a leading national and international authority on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ youth.


  • Male

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Hebrew

Clinical Interests

  • Gender Dysphoria in Adolescence
  • Gender Dysphoria in Children
  • Co-Occurring Behavioral Health Concerns in Youth with Gender Identity Concerns

Research Interests

Areas of Interest:

  • Best Practices for Youth Across Development with Gender Dysphoria
  • Gender and Sexuality Competence among Multidisciplinary Providers

Education and Training

Medical School

  • Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University
    Date Completed: 05/19/2004


  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center - Zucker Hillside Hosp.
    Date Completed: 06/30/2008


  • Boston Children's Hospital - Harvard Medical School
    Date Completed: 06/30/2010


  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Health


  • Psychiatry


  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 11/30/2016


  • Strang JF1, Meagher H1, Kenworthy L1, de Vries AL2, Menvielle E3, Leibowitz S4, Janssen A5, Cohen-Kettenis P6, Shumer DE7, Edwards-Leeper L8, Pleak RR9, Spack N10, Karasic DH11, Schreier H12, Balleur A6, Tishelman A13, Ehrensaft D14, Rodnan L15, Kuschner ES16, Mandel F17, Caretto A18, Lewis HC19, Anthony LG20. Initial Clinical Guidelines for Co-Occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gender Dysphoria or Incongruence in Adolescents. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2016 Oct 24:1-11. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1228462. PubMed ID: 27775428
  • Stoddard J1, Leibowitz SF, Ton H, Snowdon S. Improving medical education about gender-variant youth and transgender adolescents. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2011 Oct;20(4):779-91. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2011.07.008. Epub 2011 Sep 25. PubMed ID: 22051013
  • Spack NP1, Edwards-Leeper L, Feldman HA, Leibowitz S, Mandel F, Diamond DA, Vance SR. Children and adolescents with gender identity disorder referred to a pediatric medical center. Pediatrics. 2012 Mar;129(3):418-25. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-0907. Epub 2012 Feb 20. PubMed ID: 22351896
  • Leibowitz S1, de Vries AL2. Gender dysphoria in adolescence. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2016;28(1):21-35. doi: 10.3109/09540261.2015.1124844. Epub 2016 Feb 1. PubMed ID: 26828376
  • Leibowitz SF1, Spack NP. The development of a gender identity psychosocial clinic: treatment issues, logistical considerations, interdisciplinary cooperation, and future initiatives. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2011 Oct;20(4):701-24. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2011.07.004. PubMed ID: 22051007

Awards, Honors and Organizations

  • Member, World Professional Association of Transgender Health
  • Member, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Prism Award, Boston Children's Hospital, 2012
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