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


JOIN US for the 2018 VBF Annual Vascular Birthmarks Conference & Clinic at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, New York on Saturday, October 6, 2018. The conference is one full day, which includes the conference lectures and a clinic with world renowned vascular birthmark experts.


We have received over 65 registrants to-date! Our FREE hotel rooms and FREE laser treatment slots are filling up fast. Get your registration form in today to join our #VBFFamily in October.


As of 7/17, we have just 4 FREE HOTEL ROOMS LEFT! Once these last few free rooms are all booked, you may be put on our wait list as we usually get cancellations. You can still attend for free, receive free breakfast and lunch, daycare, free clinic and free laser treatment and dental exams, if qualified.



We have added 15 ADDITIONAL FREE HOTEL ROOMS at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown West for one night (Friday evening) for the first 10 eligible families who register. Our initial 50-room block at the Shelburne Affinia Hotel is full. Once the additional rooms are full, we will continue to accept registrations for the conference, but you will need to secure your own lodging. The free rooms are for families who do not live in the immediate NYC region. 


Dr. Geronemus will be providing a FREE LASER TREATMENT, without anesthesia, to the first eligible registrants who qualify. All laser treatments will be on Friday, October 5th, the day before the conference. To be considered for a free laser session, you will need to be screened and pre-approved by Dr. Geronemus. Screening instructions will be provided after you register.


This year, we will require a credit card and there will be a $25 processing fee for everyone who registers, even if you get a free room and we waive all conference and clinic fees. If you do not attend the conference and you have a free room, your credit card will be charged $298 (cost to VBF for the hotel room). So, please make sure you are attending when you register. We will give a 100% refund if you cancel 30 days prior to the conference (by September 6, 2018) or a 50% refund if you cancel by September 22nd. There will be no refund after October 1st.


There is a $100 conference/clinic fee per family. This fee entitles the family to admission to the conference, a free clinic appointment, breakfast and lunch, daycare (if needed) and attendance to special sessions (make-up, psychotherapy, support, dental and insurance services). If there is a financial hardship, fees will be waived so long as you complete the request for a fee waiver located at the end of the conference registration form.


Conference check-in is at 7:30am and conference sessions will begin at 8:30am on Saturday. There will be three meeting rooms this year with presentations concerning hemangiomas, port wine stains, vascular malformations, venous malformations, lymphatic malformations, Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome and Sturge Weber Syndrome. Other special sessions will be announced once we receive confirmation. Lunch is provided for all attendees from 12:30-1:00pm. Clinic sessions will be from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at the Lenox Hill Hospital. Breakfast and Lunch will also be right at the Hospital, so there is no need to leave once you arrive for check in.


Dr. David Darrow will be working with Columbia University to provide free dental exams on Friday, October 5th to those who qualify. We will provide updates to eligible individuals as they become available. We will also offer free orthodontic exams at the Conference on Saturday afternoon.


Clinic teams include:

1) Hemangiomas and PWS requiring Surgery – Dr. Levitin, Dr. Darrow, Dr. O

2) Malformations of the Head and Neck – Dr. Waner, ,Dr. Berenstein, Dr. Shatzkes

3) Extremity and Internal Lesions – Dr. Rosen, Dr. Hasso, 

4) Port Wine Stain (PWS) - Adult – Dr. Nelson, Dr. Mihm, Dr. Pappas 

5) Port Wine Stain (PWS) - Infants and Children – Dr. Geronemus, Dr. Gnarra

6) Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) - PHACE Syndromes – Dr. Blei, Dr. Comi, Dr. Pinto, Dr. Kane

7) Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS) – Dr. Fishman, Dr. Delfanian 



Other experts will be on each team and will be available for meetings with families throughout the day. Special sessions will be held during the day for make up, psychotherapy, insurance issues, and support.


To register, use the links below to register on-line or download, print and mail in a registration form. We need at least one clear photo (uploaded during the online registration process or emailed to Kristin Herrick at conference.vbf@gmail.com) 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 the free laser treatment.


We look forward to welcoming you at our 19th Annual Conference in New York! Thank you to our sponsors and physicians for supporting our families.  




Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD

President & Founder / Vascular Birthmarks Foundation



Please e-mail your questions to Kristin with our event team at conference.vbf@gmail.com. You may also call Kristin Herrick (845) 857-7843 (voicemails will be returned).




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