The NOLA Transgender Institute

We’re a New Orleans-based collective of surgeons and health providers who believe that everyone should have access to accurate information and quality options when it comes to transgender medical and surgical care. We advocate for insurance authorization for all transgender procedures.

As it stands, very few doctors in the Gulf Coast region have performed the complex procedures involved in transmasculine and transfeminine bottom surgery, and our local medical community still has a lot to learn. Sharing information and resources on this site, and making ourselves available for expert one-on-one consults for those exploring their options in transgender surgery, is our contribution to moving things in the right direction.

One of the few doctors in the Gulf Coast region who has performed these procedures is Dr. Gerhard Mundinger.

Meet Dr. Gerhard “Sol” Mundinger

Gerhard S. (“Sol”) Mundinger, M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in post-traumatic reconstructive surgery, elective corrective surgeries for congenital disorders, cosmetic surgeries, and gender affirmation procedures, and a member of the World Professional Organization for Transgender Health (WPATH), with many years of experience and training in both plastic surgery and microsurgery.  He has a special interest in Gender Affirmation Surgery procedures, and in making this suite of care more accessible to residents of the Gulf Coast region.

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“It’s important to me primarily because of close family friends that have transitioned, seeing how much they struggled with being able to become themselves,” said Dr. Mundinger. “How that affected their life, how that affected their employment, and how bonds with people who were able to be there to support them grew so much stronger through their transition.”

A native of Madison, Mississippi, Dr. Mundinger completed three undergraduate degrees at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before earning his Medical Doctorate at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, which was home to the first Transgender School of Medicine in the nation.

Now, he is part of the team at New Orleans Craniofacial, a partnership of surgeons with a shared expertise in cosmetic microsurgery and post-traumatic reconstructive care for children and adults in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, with a focus on new technologies, and truly individualized care.

He is the director of plastic surgery at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, and a member of the Cleft and Craniofacial Team. He is an Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Louisiana State University, and Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also an Attending Surgeon at University Medical Center and Touro Hospital in New Orleans. Read his full bio here.

Dr. Mundinger is licensed in the states of Louisiana and Washington. His clinical practice focuses on all aspects of pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery. An author of over 60 peer-reviewed original publications and nine book chapters, he has been an invited speaker at multiple national and international conferences focusing on plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery, cosmetic surgery, and vascularized composite tissue (face and hand) transplantation.

Dr. Mundinger and his wife, Shannon, live in New Orleans, Louisiana with their two children. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Mundinger or a member of his surgical team to discuss your options for Gender Affirming Surgery.



Clinical Interests

  • Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Craniofacial genetic syndromes
  • Distraction osteogenesis
  • Mandible distraction
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Facial trauma
  • Post-traumatic facial reconstruction
  • Virtual surgical planning
  • Aesthetic surgery
  • Micotia and other ear deformities
  • Microsurgery
  • Surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Facial reanimation
  • Head and neck reconstruction after tumor resection
  • Pediatric plastic surgery
  • Cranioplasty and skull reconstruction
  • Face and hand transplantation


Research Interests

  • Craniofacial surgcial outcomes
  • Speech outcomes after cleft lip / cleft palate surgery
  • Population-based studies of craniofacial trauma
  • Socioeconomic disparities in access to care for cleft lip / cleft palate, craniofacial syndromes, and craniofacial trauma
  • Simultaneous solid organ and vascularized bone allotransplantation
  • Chimerism and tolerance in vascularized composite tissue alltransplantation
  • Engineereed bone scaffolds for craniofacial reconstruction


Committees & Administrative Responsibilities

  • The Transplantation Society
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • AO North America
  • AO CMF
  • European Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • The Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital Housestaff Patient Safety and Quality Committee: 7/12-6-13
  • Johns Hopkins House Staff Council Hospital Services, Environment of Care, and Education Committee: 7/08-6/09
  • Hampden Community Council: Member 2007-2008