Contacts for San Francisco Human Rights Commission story

Cheryl Chase

Cheryl Chase
Executive Director, Intersex Society of North America
979 Golf Course Drive #282
Rohnert Park CA 94928
Cell: 707.481.5307
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Cheryl is the founder of the modern intersex rights movement, and Executive Director of the Intersex Society of North America. A scholar as well as a patient advocate, Ms. Chase has by invitation delivered Grand Round presentations at UCLA, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Michigan State University, and University of Michigan. Her presentation “Sexual Ambiguity: The Patient-Centered Approach” at the 2000 meeting of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society is considered an unprecedented patient-led breakthrough in medical reform. Her work has also been published in the Journal of Urology, Journal of Clinical Ethics, and Pediatric Nursing.

Alice Domurat Dreger Ph.D.

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  • Director of Medical Education, Intersex Society of North America
  • Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Michigan State University
  • Associate Faculty in the Center for Ethics and Humanities at MSU

East Lansing MI
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Dr. Dreger’s initial work on intersex was historical, however, when people born intersexed contacted her in 1996 to ask assistance in radically improving the medical and social treatment of intersexed people, she refocused her efforts. Since 1996 she has been working to redesign the medical standards of intersex treatment to better reflect the needs of intersex families.

Joel Frader, MD

Medical Board Chair, Intersex Society of North America
Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Memorial Hospital
Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Dr. Frader, as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics, is a co-author of both its 1995 Policy on Informed Consent, Parental Permission, and Assent in Pediatric Practice) and its 1998 Policy on Female Genital Mutilation). He is also the principal author of Health Care Professionals and Intersex Conditions (Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 158 (5):424-8).


Eric Vilain, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Human Genetics, Pediatrics and Urology, UCLA School of Medicine
Member, Board of Directors, Intersex Society of North America


Dr. Vilain is the Chief of Medical Genetics at the UCLA School of Medicine, and the principal investigator on multiple studies deciphering the causes of human intersexuality.

Marcus de Maria Arana

San Francisco Human Rights Commission staff
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Mr. Arana is the principal author of “A Human Rights Investigation into the Medical ‘Normalization’ of Intersex People”, just released by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.