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

Contact Information:

Department of Dermatology

School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin

  • Chair  of The Department of Dermatology – School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Drolet completed her undergraduate education at Michigan State University, her MD at Loyola University and residency and a fellowship training in Clinical Research & Pediatric Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She was promoted to professor, Vice Chair, and Chief of Pediatric Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Drolet was the Medical Director of Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies, VP of Ambulatory services and Chief Experience Officer at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

In March 2019, Dr. Drolet became the 4th Chair of UW Dermatology since the position was established in 1946 (history of Dermatology).

Dr. Drolet’s research has focused on discoveries related to birthmarks, vascular anomalies and infantile hemangiomas. She has published over 150 peer reviewed manuscripts and established an infrastructure to conduct multidisciplinary and inter-institutional research. She is one of the founding members and past president of the Hemangioma Investigator Group (HIG), a multi-institutional research network consortium. She led several clinical trials and designed longitudinal studies addressing the incidence, demographics, complication rate, and outcomes of vascular anomalies. By leveraging next-generation sequencing technology typically applied to cancer, her team has demonstrated that most vascular anomalies are caused by postzygotic mutations in highly conserved oncogenes. These insights have for the first time revealed potential pharmacologic targets for the treatment of these lesions. Dr. Drolet is past president of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and serves on the editorial board of Pediatric Dermatology. Her research efforts have been supported by the National Institute of Health, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Dermatology Foundation, and Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance.

PubMed Publications (external page)
  • Birthmarks Types:

    Hemangioma, Venous Malformation, Lymphatic Malformation, Unknown / Not sure, Port Wine Stain, AVM, Combination, Other

  • Birthmark Syndromes:

    Sturge-Weber Syndrome, PHACES, CLOVES, Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome, Unknown / Not Sure, Other

  • Practice Specialties:

    Pediatrics, Dermatology

  • Procedures Offered:

    Laser, Drug Management