Dr. Dany Zayour, Wichita Kansas
I was referred to him for an issue with insulin resistance, and for that he was fairly decent, though he mainly skipped over most of the explanation and put me on medication to control it. Because I knew about the medicine from the doctor who referred me and my own research, I let that slide. I don’t know what his reaction would be to more questions, but he seemed very brusque in his manner, giving me the basic information and telling me he wanted me on the medication.
I also decided to talk to him about going on testosterone when I saw him, rather than trying to get into another endocrinologist at a later time. He required a letter from a therapist, and treated me like I didn’t know what I was asking for, because I was still hesitant about the whole situation. He seemed slightly condescending, and shocked that I could name the methods of ftm bottom surgery. After that he seemed a bit more polite, but still distant.
He had me come back two months later to check insulin levels and talk about testosterone. When I came in with the letter, he seemed to mostly ignore the insulin issues other than making sure I was still taking the medication and sending me for blood work after he saw me.
He did give me the prescription no problem, but his prescribed dosage was 200mg every three weeks to start with, gradually increasing to 200mg every two weeks. If you know anything about testosterone dosages, those levels and intervals are strange and not normally recommended. 200mg is a very high dosage, especially starting out, and a three week gap in shots to ramp up instead of gradually increasing the dosage raised a red flag.
Being nervous and still wary of questioning what he was recommending, I decided that since most shots are self-administered, I would just adjust my dosing myself, and mention it if he asked. I did go in to his office for my first shot, and his nurse was good about letting me set the dosage, rather than sticking to what he had prescribed. However, both Dr Zayour and his staff continued to use female pronouns throughout the visit. Other than that his staff was polite and efficient, but it was uncomfortable to hear “she” and “her” throughout the visit.
Dr. Zayour also didn’t schedule a follow up visit to check testosterone levels after a few weeks, the only follow up he scheduled was after six months, and he seemed more interested in insulin levels after that period than how testosterone would affect me.
Overall, he’s not a bad doctor, just seems fairly dismissive or unconcerned about patients who are transitioning. He’s fairly educated about transgender care, other than strange dosing levels, but doesn’t seem to want to spend time on it. It could have also been in response to my age (21), I don’t know what his reaction would be to an older adult.