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

Contact Information:

Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Syndrome Center

Johns Hopkins & Kennedy Krieger Institute

  • Sturge Weber Syndrome Specialist
  • Director – Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Associate Professor – Division of Neurology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Medicine

Anne Comi, MD, is the director of the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center and an associate professor in the Division of Neurology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Dr. Comi graduated from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and received her training in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and her child neurology training at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Her clinical specialization is in the treatment of the neurological aspects of Sturge-Weber syndrome and other capillary malformation related disorders.

Her clinical research interests are focused on improving the early diagnosis and treatment of brain involvement in Sturge-Weber syndrome, in order to prevent ischemic brain injury in these infants and young children, and on studies to understand what causes Sturge-Weber syndrome. Her laboratory research work deals with the pathogenesis of Sturge-Weber syndrome recently shown to be caused by a somatic mutation and on developing new drug targets, screening assays, models and therapeutic strategies for Sturge-Weber syndrome. Her lab group also works on developing better neuroprotective and neuroregenerative responses to brain injury resulting from impaired blood flow to the brain.

Dr. Comi is our 2011 VBF Physician of the Year for her groundbreaking research discovering a gene associated with SWS / PWS, and for her tireless dedication to our VBF Families.

  • Birthmarks Types:

    Port Wine Stain

  • Birthmark Syndromes:

    Sturge-Weber Syndrome

  • Practice Specialties:

    Pediatrics, Neurointerventional, Genetics

  • Procedures Offered:

    Drug Management