The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Contact Information:

Pediatric Cerebrovascular Program

Mount Sinai Health System

  • Malformations and AVM Interventional Radiologist
  • Founder / Director- Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN) at Mount Sinai West (formerly Beth Israel Medical Center)
  • Clinical Professor and Director of the Pediatric Cerebrovascular Program – the Mount Sinai Health System
  • Vascular Birthmarks Institute

Alejandro Berenstein, MD, is the director of the Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN) at Roosevelt Hospital (Mount Sinai West) in New York City, a state-of-the-art facility for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases. He is a pioneer in the field of Interventional Neuroradiology, a specialty that utilizes minimally invasive procedures to treat conditions related to the vascular system of the brain, head, face, spine and spinal cord.

Dr. Berenstein is a pioneer in the field of Interventional Neuroradiology and the newly developed field of the use of embolization and direct puncture sclerotherapy for the treatment of vascular lesions of the head and neck. He started his career at New York University (NYU) where he soon emerged as a world authority and pioneer in the field of vascular lesions of the head and neck. Dr. Berenstein has always been at the forefront of this field and has pioneered many of the procedures currently used.

Dr. Berenstein started his career at NYU Medical Center and subsequently moved to Beth Israel hospital and together with Dr. Fred Epstein, founded The Hyman Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN). He is also a pioneer in the emerging field of interventional neuroradiology, with use of a minimally invasive procedure to treat conditions related to the vascular system in the brain, head, face, spine, and spinal cord.

Dr. Berenstein created and developed the first division of interventional neuroradiology (surgical neuroangiography) in the United States, recognizing complex vascular problems of the brain and spinal cord. He has pioneered many innovative treatments and holds numerous patents in this field. He also developed the first multidisciplinary center for congenital vascular anomalies and hemangiomas where a team of specialists review and design treatment strategies for patients with vascular problems of the head and neck. Dr. Berenstein uses the same concepts, techniques and multidisciplinary expertise at the INN in cases of aneurysm, vascular tumors, vascular malformations, birthmarks and other vascular abnormalities.  With Dr. Pierre Lasjuanias, Dr. Berenstein co-wrote the five-volume definitive work in the field of surgical neuroangiography.

A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Dr. Berenstein received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Escuela Secundaria y Preparatory de la Ciudad de Mexico. He specialized in Neurointerventional radiology at NYU and subsequently joined the faculty there where he remained for 20 years before joining Beth Israel Medical Center.

Dr. Berenstein was recognized as the 2007 VBF Physician of the Year for pioneering the field of interventional neuroradiology, and generously donates his time for our Annual VBF Conference and Clinic.

  • Birthmarks Types:

    Hemangioma, Venous Malformation, Lymphatic Malformation, AVM, Combination

  • Birthmark Syndromes:

    Sturge-Weber Syndrome, PHACES, CLOVES, Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome

  • Practice Specialties:

    Surgery, Pediatrics, Radiology, Maxillo Facial, Neurointerventional, ENT

  • Procedures Offered:

    Laser, Surgery, Drug Management, Interventional, Other