The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

You’re invited to join Dr. Roy G. Geronemus, Dr. Robert J. Rosen, Dr. Francine Blei and Dr. Milton Waner for the 2020 Annual VBF Vascular Birthmarks / Anomalies Conference & Clinic at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center in New York, New York on Saturday, December 12, 2020.

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Our international family conference is the only one of its kind in the world. We offer lectures from the top experts in the field on the latest in research and treatment options, as well as individual clinic appointments with our multidisciplinary team of expert specialists who provide an informal diagnosis and treatment plan to every individual and family.

Our conference serves individuals with any type of vascular birthmark, anomaly or syndrome including hemangiomas, port-wine stain birthmarks, lymphatic malformations, arteriovenous malformations, venous malformations, KTS, PHACES, CLOVES, CMTC, and Sturge-Weber Syndrome, among all others. We turn no family with a vascular birthmark away.

Plan A – Current plan

To prioritize your health and safety, our VBF Conference & Clinic is now scheduled for December 12, 2020 at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York.

We are thankful that our host, Dr. Roy G. Geronemus of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, has offered his private practice for a full-day event on Saturday that will include the clinics, as well as FREE LASER TREATMENT for the first eligible families to register. Dr. G’s experienced team has enacted the absolute latest in COVID-19 Protocols and his office will be open only to VBF Conference attendees for the entire day on Saturday. Masks will be provided for all our guests and social distancing guidelines will be in place for your safety,

Thanks to our sponsors, we will also grant a FREE HOTEL ROOM on Friday, December 11 for the first eligible families to register. We will secure hotel rooms individually for eligible guests closer to the event.

If you do not have to quarantine on December 12, 2020, you will be able to attend our clinic. Due to NYS guidelines, if you are in a quarantined state or country, you cannot enter the building for any of the services. We will be closely monitoring these guidelines. There will be COVID-19 screenings done by the staff of Dr. Geronemus upon entering the building.  All registrants will receive a pre-assigned clinic appointment. Top medical experts in the field will be on hand for your appointments. You will be notified in advance of your appointment time(s).  Only the patient and one person may attend any in person session(s). If you are approved for a free laser treatment, the same will apply. You may also be eligible for a free dental exam, and if our medical expert is able to attend and do these exams, again, only one person and the patient will be allowed.  There will be small group psychotherapy sessions (the group size will be determined by the most current CDC requirements).  You will receive a scheduled time slot. All talks that were scheduled for the original in-person conference will be on-line. All registrants will have 30 days access to view these talks. You will be assigned a log-in and password for these talks. There will be no daycare, no food, and no large group activities due to current CDC guidelines.

Please review the updated information below, and our Registration Planning Checklist, for complete details about the event and don’t hesitate to contact us at conference@birthmark.org with any questions. Our VBF family looks forward to serving you this year more than ever.

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CONFERENCE / CLINIC EVENT DETAILS

This year's Conference / Clinic is one full day, from 7:30 am - 6:00 pm, on Saturday, December 12 at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York. Our event this year will include clinic appointments with our experts, free laser treatments, support groups and the possibility of dental and orthodontic exams. We will also offer a virtual path to access many of these services in the event that we cannot be together in December. Browse the sections below for complete details about all that our international family conference has to offer.

Check-in

Registration will be by appointment on Saturday, 12/12 at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York. Prior to the event, we will inform you of your schedule for the day, including check-in time and location, complete clinic schedule, and laser treatment appointment time to facilitate best social distancing practices.

Staff will be taking temperatures of all patients and visitors upon arrival to the conference. If you have a temperature, we will be unable to admit you to the event. Masks are required for everyone and free masks will be included in your registration folder.

We ask that patients attend alone, or with one essential caregiver, and that you do not bring a non-essential friend or family member to the clinic itself. If possible, please leave siblings with another caregiver, though your entire party is welcome to join you in NYC and to utilize our free hotel room.

We ask that you not come to the conference if you have a fever, cold, or flu symptoms. If you are not feeling well and have traveled out of the country during the last two weeks, please stay at home. Individuals who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 or were symptomatic with Covid-19 for a period of time less than fourteen (14) days will not be admitted until we have more guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

Our Clinic Coordinator, Corinne Barinaga, will be on hand before the event and all day to review and/or make any changes needed to your clinic schedule so that we can ensure you get the most out of our clinical services. She can be reached at patientadvocate@birthmark.org.

Breakfast - N/A

Due to the strict NYC food COVID prohibitions, there will be no food offered this year during our clinic or special sessions.

Daycare - Suspended

At this time, we have decided to suspend our professional daycare services this year in the best interests of the safety of our children. If recommendations change, we will definitely consider adding daycare services, as we understand how helpful these services are.

Conference Lectures

We’re working hard on plans to offer our conference lectures virtually to all registrants, and also plan to broadcast the lectures at the in-person event on Saturday. This will allow us to still get you the latest information on research and treatment from the top vascular birthmark medical specialists in the world, regardless of the local pandemic status world-wide.

Lectures are tailored towards families, not medical providers. They include presentations concerning hemangiomas, port wine stains, vascular malformations, venous malformations, lymphatic malformations, Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome, and Sturge Weber Syndrome, among all other vascular birthmark types and associated syndromes.

We also hope to offer a virtual Q&A opportunity so you can have your questions about the lectures answered directly by the experts. We’re working hard on our 2020 Conference Lecture schedule and will keep you posted as soon as it has been finalized.

Lunch - N/A

Due to the strict NYC food COVID prohibitions, there will be no food offered this year during our clinic or special sessions.

Clinical Services

The clinics will be held by appointment all day on Saturday at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York. Our multidisciplinary specialists will see every individual by appointments that are made by Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, Ph.D. our President / Founder who has over 25 years of experience networking children and adults with vascular birthmarks into treatment.

Rest assured that Dr. Linda and our Patient Advocacy team will review each and every file to ensure that you are seen by all the relevant experts.

In addition to our multi-disciplinary team of doctors, our clinic will also include psychotherapy and insurance support groups, as well as professional make-up tutorials for those with birthmarks. We also hope to again offer orthodontic exams and will provide more information on availability as the event approaches.

Our clinic experts will be wearing personal protective equipment. We will continue to clean and disinfect all common areas and clinic rooms after each clinic visit; this includes doorknobs, elevator buttons, desktops (including telephones), and light switches. Hand sanitizer will be available all throughout the office for use and we encourage frequent hand washing.

In the event that we are unable to be together in person on December 12, registrants will be able to participate in our virtual clinic, which will include individual virtual consultations with our experts, as well as virtual support groups, psychotherapy sessions, insurance support and make-up tutorials.

Free Laser Treatment

Dr. Roy G. Geronemus, one of the top laser specialists in the world for vascular birthmarks, will be providing a FREE LASER TREATMENT, without anesthesia, to the first eligible registrants who qualify. All laser treatments will be on Saturday, December 12 by appointment at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, located in lower Manhattan. Current patients of Dr. Geronemus are not eligible for free treatment and all registrants must be pre-screened by Dr. G’s staff for eligibility.

To be considered for a free laser session, you will need to be screened and pre-approved. Plan to follow the instructions provided by email after you register to contact Dr. Geronemus’ office to have your eligibility reviewed and to get scheduled. We connect you directly with Dr. G’s experienced team to streamline the review process, connect you with the experts who can answer any of your laser questions and for HIPPA purposes. Please send any medical records directly to Dr. G and his team, rather than to the VBF.

Those who previously scheduled laser treatment for September will have their appointments moved to Saturday, December 12 and we will inform you of your new laser treatment time-slot as the event approaches.

Free Dental Exams

Dr. David Darrow, our vascular birthmarks dental expert, will be working to provide free comprehensive dental exams on Saturday, December 12 to those who qualify by appointment only. We will provide updates to eligible individuals as they become available and hope to be able to provide this service again this year. Note that we may also offer free orthodontic exams at the Conference on Saturday, subject to the availability of our expert. Stay tuned for updates!

Free Hotel Room

We will honor our commitment to offer a FREE HOTEL ROOM on Friday, December 11 for those attending the event on Saturday. Only those at least two (2) hours outside of the NY metropolitan area will be considered for a free hotel room. We’ll take care of booking your room closer to the event at a family-friendly NYC-Manhattan based hotel that is convenient to the conference venue.


Venue

Conference, Clinic & Laser Treatment Venue

Saturday, December 12
7:30 am – 6:00 pm

The Laser and Skin Surgery Center of NY
317 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
P: (212) 941-5055
F: (212) 686-7305
E: mail@laserskinsurgery.com
W: https://www.laserskinsurgery.com

Registration & Fees

Your all-inclusive $100 registration fee includes all the services described above, wither the event is in-person or virtual. If there is a financial hardship, the full $100 registration fee will be waived so long as you select the $25 payment option on the registration form and pay the mandatory $25 processing fee.

If you need to cancel for any reason, we would be happy to issue you a full refund of your registration fee, upon request.

Use the links below to register online or download, print and mail-in / email a registration form. We need at least one clear photo (uploaded during the online registration process or sent by mail or email to conference@birthmark.org) showing the birthmark for each patient so that we can ensure that the patient is scheduled with the appropriate clinic team, and so that we can assess if the patient is qualified for free laser treatment.

Contacts & Questions

Questions? Check our Registrant Planning Checklist for FAQ. You can e-mail your questions to Jody at conference@birthmark.org. Email is the preferred method of communication.

 

Plan B

Plan B 

In the event that an in-person event is not possible this year, we have worked hard on a  “PLAN B” VIRTUAL track to ensure that registered guests can access our essential services.  ​​We will make this decision mid-October  and let all attendees know immediately. While we know a virtual option will never replace meeting others with vascular birthmarks in-person, we hope it will serve your immediate access needs if we are unable to be together in person this year. This is our way of honoring our longtime commitment to turning no-one away. Please note, this plan will not take place if we are able to have a conference in person.

Your $100 all-inclusive registration fee ($25 for those requesting a fee waiver) includes all of our conference and clinic services, including free laser therapy and the hotel room for qualified individuals,  and goes toward our non-profit mission. We offer 100% refunds to anyone who needs to cancel.

The Coronavirus will not stop us from achieving our mission of providing the critical access to services that you deserve. Dr. Linda started that mission 26 years ago and this year has only affirmed our commitment to achieving it.