Paula M. Neira is the Clinical Program Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health. She is an instructor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as a lecturer in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
Ms. Neira’s area of expertise is in advancing LGBTQ diversity and inclusion within the United States military and in furthering culturally- and clinically-competent healthcare to reduce the health disparities of, and the systemic health inequities faced by, transgender and gender-diverse people. As a nurse, a lawyer, and a Navy veteran, she was a leader in repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and changing the military regulations, including medical regulations, to allow for transgender military service. Her work’s impact can be seen in the thousands of LGBTQ military personnel who now serve in all branches of the military. As a nurse leader at Johns Hopkins, she has been instrumental in establishing an interdisciplinary transgender health program that in only 3 years has impacted the health care of many transgender patients. Her work has been recognized by the United States Navy, as well as by national veteran and LGBTQ healthcare organizations.
Ms. Neira graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in history. She received her ADN from Trident Technical College, her BSN from Graceland University, her MSN from Thomas Edison State University, and her JD from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.