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1994 - 2014
Celebrating 20 years with
75,000 networked into treatment

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder
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Ask the VBF Experts

Dr. Stuart Nelson, VBF Co-Medical Director and International Port Wine Stain Laser Specialist
Dr. Nelson will answer your questions concerning the diagnosis and treatment of Port Wine Stains.

 

Dr. Gregory Levitin, Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon, NYC and LA
Dr. Levitin will answer your questions regarding the surgical treatment of all vascular birthmarks and tumors.

 

Dr. Robert Rosen, Vascular Lesions of Arms and Legs Interventional Radiologist
Our expert for all non-brain AVMs and vascular lesions of the arms and legs, Dr. Rosen welcomes your questions.

 

Dr. Roy Geronemus, NYC and International Laser Specialist
If you have a question or concern about laser treatments in general, contact Dr. Geronemus.

 

Dr. Aaron Fay, Hemangioma and Malformation Eye Surgeon
Dr. Fay will answer your questions about orbital birthmarks.

 

Corinne Barinaga, VBF Family Services Director
Corinne Barinaga, our Administrative Director, will answer emails concerning family advocacy, treatment questions, or physician referral.

 

Dr. Martin Mihm, VBF Co-Medical Director and Research Director
Dr. Mihm is coordinating and directing research regarding vascular birthmarks and tumors.

 

Dr. Darren Orbach, Pediatric Neurointerventionalist for AVMs and PHACE
VBF is proud to welcome Dr. Orbach!

 

Dr. Anne Comi, Sturge Weber Syndrome Specialist
One of the leading experts on Sturge Weber Syndrome, Dr. Comi will be responding to your questions concerning this syndrome.

 

Dr. Alex Berenstein, Malformations and AVM Interventional Radiologist
Ask Dr. Berenstein your questions regarding interventional radiology.

 

Dr. Kami Delfanian, KTS Treatment Specialist
Send your questions concerning KT Syndrome to Dr. Delfanian.

 

Dr. Barry Zide, NYC Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon
If you have a question or concern about hemangioma and vascular malformation treatment in general, contact Dr. Zide.

 

Basia Joyce, VBF Insurance Appeals Specialist
Please send your questions regarding your appeal or request for out-of-network treatment to Basia.

 

Dr. Joseph Edmonds, Lymphatic Malformations Surgeon
Ask Dr. Edmonds your questions related to Lymphatic Malformations.

 

Anna Duarte, M.D., Florida Expert
Ask our expert Dr. Duarte, your questions about receiving treatment in Florida.

 

Dr. Orhan Konez, Interventional Radiologist
Questions regarding reading and interpreting films and treating malformations with sclerotherapy or embollization can be sent to Dr. Orhan Konez.

 

Dr. Milton Waner, Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon
Email Dr. Waner with questions regarding hemangiomas and other vascular lesions.

 

Dr. Steven Fishman, Internal Lesions Surgeon
Ask Dr. Fishman your questions about liver and other internal vascular lesions.

 

Dr. Calil, Lymphatic Malformation Surgeon
Dr. Calil will answer your questions about Lymphatic Malformations.

 

Elissa-Uretsky Rifkin, M.Ed. CMHC Midwest Developmental Specialist
A trained developmental specialist and is on the board of VBF. Send questions concerning hemangiomas and this topic to Elissa.

 

Dr. Stavros Tombris, European Surgeon
Fr. Tombris treats all forms of hemangomas, port wine stains and malformations.

 

Dr. Stevan Thompson, Military (Tricare) Surgeon
Dr. Stevan Thompson has joined us to answer questions concerning the treatment of vascular birthmarks in the military.

 

Dr. Helen Figge, Pharmacist
If you or your child has a vascular birthmark and you have a question regarding a prescription drug, please ask Doc Helen Figge.

 

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, VBF President and Founder
Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon is the leading lay expert in the world on the subject of vascular birthmarks.

 

Lex Van der Heijden, CMTC Foundation
If you or your child has CMTC, please contact Lex with your questions.

 

Leslie Graff, East Coast Developmental Specialist
Leslie is a trained developmental specialist. Send questions concerning port wine stains and this topic to Leslie.

 

Linda Seidel - Make-up Expert
Ask Linda Seidel your questions about make-up.

 

Nancy Roberts - Make-up Specialist
Ask our expert Nancy Roberts, Co-Creator of Smart Cover Cosmetics (www.smartcover.com), your questions about make-up.

 

Eileen O'Connor, Adult Living with PWS

 

Laurie Moore, Make Up Expert from Colortration
Laurie Moore, from www.colortration.com will answer makeup related concerns.

 

Alicita, Spanish Expert
Ask our expert Alicita, your questions in Spanish.

 

Dr. Thomas Serena, Wound Care Expert

 

Sarina Patel, Young Adult Advocate

 




 

What Our Families Are Saying About Us

 

"We relied on the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation to provide us with the information, the contacts, the resources, and the support that we needed to get through this difficult time. Their theme, "We are making a difference" couldn't be more accurate. For us, it was all the difference in the world."
Jill Brown

 


Hi Linda
Just a note to say how wonderful I found the interview of you and Capital 9 news. Thanks so much for your devotion.
Gina

 




The Texas Rangers and Catalanottos Welcome the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation


Frank Catalanotto

In June 2007 the Catalanottos presented Linda Rozell-Shannon, VBF President and Founder with a $25,000 check. This donation will be made each year for 3 years. During the game in Texas, an announcer read the following message over the loud speaker for thousands of game attendees to hear. Also, during the game the big gameboard flashed "The Texas Rangers and Catalanottos Welcome the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation." It was a very exciting event. Linda was accompanied by Dr. Stuart Nelson, VBF's Medical Director and Brian and Nicole Bolinger, VBFs largest Day of Awareness fund raisers. The Bolinger's daughter, Nicole, was also with them. Nicole was operated on by Dr. Waner.

This is the message that was read by the announcer just before the Rangers game against Houston.


"At this time, we direct your attention to the area around homeplate for a very special pre-game field presentation. During his last stint as a Texas Rangers, Frank Catalanotto and his wife, Barbara formed a partnership with the Vascular Birthmark Foundation. The Catalanotto's daughter, Morgan was born with a hemangioma and the VBF provided the information and support they needed to make the best decision about their daughter's hemangioma.

Frank CatalanottoBarbara and Frank have served as the honorary chairs of the VBF providing financial assistance and helping increase the awareness and have helped them double in size, which chapters all over the world helping over 25,000 children into treatment.

At this time, Frank, Barbara and Morgan Catalanotto would like to present a check in the amount of $25,000 to the Vascular Birthmark Foundation to help them continue their good works. Accepting the check on behalf of VBF is Linda Rozell-Shannon, President and Founder along with the Bolinger family who reside in Corinth. Their daughter, Nicole was also diagnosed with a hemangioma on her face and through the VBF found the proper treatment.

VBF is making a difference in the lives of families all over the world. Today, there are over 40,000 children born with a vascular birthmark, like Morgan and Nicole and thanks to VBF, these families can get information and the help they need by visiting the VBF website at www.birthmark.org.

A tip of the cap to the Catalanotto family!"

VBF would like to thank the Catalanottos and the Texas Rangers for their support and for helping VBF to make a difference.

 

Frank Catalanotto's baseball career
http://www.frankcatalanotto.com/

 

Frank Catalanotto Foundation
http://www.fcatalanotto.org/