Harvard University Health Services and BGLTQ Student Life

October 29, 2013
Harvard University Health Services and BGLTQ Student Life
Dr. Bruce Churchill has led an over 10-year career at HUHS. He is a strong ally to BGLTQ students on campus and was recently interviewed by the Office of BGLTQ Student Life:

Q: What is your role at HUHS and how does it relate to BGLTQ student life?
I am a primary care physician at HUHS. I see patients both in the Internal Medicine and Pediatric departments, so my patients are newborns to over 100 years old. I also have a strong interest in BGLTQ healthcare. I'm in my 13th year at HUHS, and I have enjoyed working with many BGLTQ patients over the years. I think patients find it helpful to have a clinician with whom they can speak candidly about their personal lives without feeling judged and with a minimum of personal discomfort.

Q: Why do you do what you do?
I went into medicine as a Family Practice physician because I want to help people live happier, healthier lives. I enjoy building professional relationships with my patients so they feel like there is someone in their corner when they have a health concern. I personally understand the value of having a primary care clinician who appreciates the sexual identities of their patients and who does not approach their care with bias or judgement. I hope my patients have found me to be understanding and non-judgmental when they have come to me with questions.
Q: Are you someone at HUHS that BGLTQ students could contact if they want to speak about BGLTQ-related issues?
If so, how?

Absolutely. I may be reached by phone at 617-495-8414. I may also be emailed at bchurch@huhs.harvard.edu, although that email should never be used for a medical or mental health emergency. Students, faculty, and staff may also reach me through our patient portal at the HUHS website:  www.huhs.harvard.edu.

Q: In your opinion, what does it mean to be an ally? 
I think an ally is someone who will stand with you and support you when times are tough. An ally is someone who will work with you to help you realize your goals.