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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

 




2010 Physician of the Year


VBF is proud to announce that our 2010 Physician of the Year is Dr. Gregory Levitin.


CONGRATULATE DR. LEVITIN

 

Dr. Gregory Levitin is a board-certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Levitin earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He then completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

 

Combining his talents as both an Otolaryngologist and pediatric plastic surgeon, Dr. Levitin served as Co-Director of Surgical Services alongside Drs. Milton Waner and Alejandro Berenstein at The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York before relocating his practice to California. Drawing a patient population from the greater Los Angeles area, nationally and internationally, Dr. Levitin specializes in the medical and surgical treatment for children and adults for all types of vascular birthmarks, including hemangiomas, venous malformations, lymphatic malformations, port-wine stains, and other vascular tumors. Dr. Levitin is often consulted by his peers to evaluate patients with complex and advanced disease, and works closely with each patient to develop an individualized plan of treatment combining the the safest, most advanced and minimally invasive techniques.

 

Dr. Levitin is active in a number of professional organizations and humanitarian efforts. He is a member of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA), the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), and volunteers as a surgical expert for the Vascular Birthmark Foundation. He also volunteers for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Charity, providing free medical care for families in need. Dr. Levitin was recently selected as one of “America’s Best Doctors” for 2009, and is honored to be recognized by his peers as a leader in the diagnosis and management of vascular birthmarks. He is the author or co-author of several book chapters and national journal articles in the field of hemangiomas and vascular malformations, and has presented his work at several national and international meetings.

 

Dr. Levitin was first drawn to the specialty of vascular birthmarks after one of his twin daughters was diagnosed with a large hemangioma that required medical and laser therapy, and ultimately surgical treatment. Combining this unqiue personal experience with his extensive training, Dr. Levitin is one of just a handful of specialists across the entire country that is trained to treat vascular birthmarks.