Cara Patel is a second year PHD student in the departments of Sports Science and Public Health (SSPH), Medical School, and European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) within Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Her PhD topic is ‘The Impact of Climate Change on Antimicrobial Resistance’.

As we honour LGBTQIA+ History Month, focusing on the 2024 theme of Medicine – #UnderTheScope – it is fitting to shine a spotlight on individuals whose contributions have left an indelible mark on various fields. Dr Alan L. Hart, a trans man born in 1890, stands as a pivotal figure in the history of medicine, particularly for his ground-breaking contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis. During a time when X-ray technology was in its infancy, Dr Hart emerged as a pioneer in applying this innovation to pulmonary medicine.

His seminal work focused on utilizing X-rays for pulmonary imaging, particularly in diagnosing tuberculosis. Dr Hart’s research not only significantly improved diagnostic capabilities but also played a crucial role in advancing the treatment of this infectious disease. His pioneering studies laid the foundation for the modern use of radiographic imaging in assessing respiratory conditions.

Dr Alan L. Hart’s legacy is one of innovation and dedication to advancing medical knowledge, particularly in the transformative use of X-rays for diagnosing tuberculosis and shaping modern pulmonary medicine. During LGBTQIA+ History Month, under the theme of Medicine – #UnderTheScope, we celebrate Dr Hart’s enduring impact on the medical field, acknowledging the strides made by individuals from diverse backgrounds, including the LGBTQIA+ community, in shaping the landscape of healthcare.

In connection with this celebration, I am currently collating stories of trans and gender non-conforming individuals working in STEM research for an upcoming zine. If you have a story to share or know someone who does, please reach out to Let’s amplify the voices and experiences that contribute to the rich tapestry of diversity within the scientific community.