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Medical Director, Gender &
Life-Affirming Medicine Program
Location: Hamden, Stamford, Telemedicine Accepting New Patients? Yes
AJ Eckert, DO, is Connecticut’s first out nonbinary trans doctor and serves as the Medical Director of our Gender & Life-Affirming Medicine (GLAM) Program. Dr. Eckert has over 15 years’ experience in LGBTQ health care, with 8 years as a provider of primary care and gender-affirming services.
After Dr. Eckert completed their education at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at NEOMEN/Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Program, they decided to specialize in LGBTQ health. Dr. Eckert is board certified in Family Medicine. He is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.
Outside of their clinical work with patients, Dr. Eckert is active in education and advocacy. In 2021, Science-Based Medicine published four of Dr. Eckert’s articles, and the Journal of Medical Ethics asked him to be a reviewer. The upcoming 2nd edition of The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals features a quote from Dr. Eckert. They were on the 2021 Abstract Review Committee for the United States Professional Association for Transgender Health, or USPATH. Dr. Eckert’s expertise in his field has led him to be quoted in The Washington Post and The New York Times, among others. Additionally, they have piloted a 4th-year medical student rotation at Anchor Health. Through TikTok and YouTube, Dr. Eckert makes information about gender-affirming care accessible to trans people everywhere.
Dr. Eckert is bilingual in English and Czech. He is a classically trained pianist but mostly plays Elton John and Queen now. They are a horror movie buff. His favorites are Halloween (1978), Phantasm, and queer horror musicals like Phantom of the Paradise. You can usually find Dr. Eckert hiking with his dog/Anchor Health’s mascot Lupik in their spare time!