Vascular Birthmarks Foundation Hemangiomas  |  Port Wine Stains  |  Vascular Malformations  
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1994 - 2018

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder
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Ready to join our Awareness Movement? Plan an awareness event, #PutOnYourBirthmark, host a fundraiser, or tell your story. Click here for more ways to raise awareness or contact us today.

VBF iTEAM Conference and Clinic in Rome, Italy on June 28th-29th, 2018

International Conference Announcement
BRAVO! Our VBF iTEAM will be in Rome, Italy this June for a VBF iTEAM Conference / Clinic. The Conference Co-Directors are Dr. Francesco Stillo and Dr. Raul Mattassi from Italy, and Dr. Milton Waner and Dr. Martin Mihm from the USA, with Dr. Linda leading the team as the VBF iTEAM Coordinator. The conference is for both physicians and patients, and will include FREE laser treatments by Dr. Roy Geronemus and Dr. Stuart Nelson, lectures, a clinic, and much more. Click here for more information and complete registration instructions.

1st Annual Vascular Birthmarks Meeting at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida on May 5, 2018

Miami Conference Flyer Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at the Nicklaus Children's Hospital will be a free conference and clinic with the vascular birthmarks team at NCH. I will also be on hand for the conference and clinic to speak to anyone interested in attending. There will be free laser treatments for those patients with a port wine stain or hemangioma who qualify.

Free lasers will be on May 4th with:
Ana M Duarte MD, FAAD
President and Founder
Children's Skin Center
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
3100 SW 62 Ave
Miami, Fl 33155
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This is an excellent team consisting of Dr. Ana Duarte, Dr. Chad Perlyn and Dr. Ricardo Restrepo who are building a comprehensive vascular anomalies team to serve the Miami and especially the Spanish speaking population.

For more information or to register, call 305-668-5576 or email




2018 VBF Annual Conference and Clinic

with the Lenox Hill Hospital and
Dr. Robert Rosen, Dr. Milton Waner,
Dr. Francine Blei, and Dr. Roy Geronemus

October 6, 2018 | New York, NY



REGISTER TODAY for our 19th Annual VBF Vascular Birthmarks Conference and Clinic. This year’s conference is one full day which will include the conference lectures and a clinic with world renowned vascular birthmark experts. We have a VERY LIMITED number of FREE LASER treatment sessions and FREE HOTEL ROOMS left, so be sure to register soon to determine your eligibility. Click here for complete information, or to register today.

To learn more about the VBF Global Ambassador Program, click here!

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Bernard A. Cohen, MD, FAAP and Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD co-host a webinar:
Early Diagnosis and Intervention of Vascular Anomalies (Infantile Hemangiomas and Malformations)


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Dr. Linda at the 13th World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology in Chicago, July 6-9

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Note: Before your family agrees to have any laser/surgical procedure performed, please ask the treating doctor's office manager to provide you with a statement of your benefits which indicates to you what your financial responsibility will be after your insurance company pays their portion.


Dr.NelsonDr. Stuart Nelson, VBF Co-Medical Director and International Port Wine Stain Laser Specialist
2005 VBF Physician of the Year
Ask the NYC Laser ExpertDr. Roy Geronemus, NYC and International Laser Specialist
2008 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. WanerDr. Milton Waner, Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon
2004 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. RosenDr. Robert Rosen, Vascular Lesions of Arms and Legs Interventional Radiologist
2009 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. LevitinDr. Gregory Levitin, Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon
NYC * L.A.

2010 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. Teresa ODr. Teresa O, Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon Dr. Linda Rozell-ShannonDr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, President and Founder
Dr. David DarrowDr. David Darrow - Hemangioma and PWS Gum/Teeth Expert
2017 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. ComiDr. Anne Comi, Sturge Weber Syndrome Specialist
2011 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. OrbachDr. Darren Orbach, Pediatric Neurointerventionalist for AVMs and PHACE
Dr. DelfanianDr. Kamiab Delfanian, KTS Treatment Specialist
2012 VBF Physician of the Year
Andrei Rebarber, MD FACOGAndrei Rebarber, MD, Ob/Gyn Expert
Dr. BerensteinDr. Alex Berenstein, Malformations and AVM Interventional Radiologist
2007 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. EdmondsDr. Joseph Edmonds, Lymphatic Malformations Surgeon Dr. DuarteDr. Ana Duarte, Florida Expert
2016 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. KonezDr. Orhan Konez, Interventional Radiologist
Dr. TomrisDr. Stavros Tombris, European Surgeon

Dr. FayDr. Aaron Fay, Hemangioma and Malformations Eye Surgeon
2006 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. CalilDr. Calil, Lymphatic Malformation Surgeon
Dr. FishmanDr. Steven Fishman, Internal Lesion and Surgical Debulking Expert
Dr. KaneDr. Steven Kane, SWS Glaucoma Expert
Corinne BarinagaCorinne Barinaga, VBF Family Services Director
Helen FiggeDr. Helen Figge, Pharmacist
Dr.MihmDr. Martin Mihm, VBF Co-Medical Director and Research Director
2003 VBF Physician of the Year
Lex van der Heijden, Chairman, CMTCLex Van der Heijden, CMTC Foundation

Leslie GraffLeslie Graff, Psychosocial/ Developmental

Dr. Serena, Wound Care ExpertDr. Thomas Serena, Wound Care Expert Dr. Francine BleiDr. Francine Blei, VBF PHACE Syndrome Expert
Sarina PatelSarina Patel, Young Adult Advocate
Nancy RobertsNancy Roberts, Make-up Specialist
KimberlyKimberly, West Coast Makeup Expert AlicitaAlicita, Adult Rep in Spanish
Elissa RifkinElissa Rifkin, M.Ed., Developmental Specialist      

Catalanotto Family

Frank and Barbara Catalanotto, VBF Honorary Chairs
Frank is a retired professional baseball player and he and his wife are the proud parents of four girls, one who had a hemangioma on her nose and was networked into treatment by VBF. The Frank Catalanotto Foundation

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Dr. Linda and Christine

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon: The Founder and President of VBF Tells Her Personal Story