Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder
Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York
Dr. Waner is a pediatric facial plastic surgeon and is a director of the Vascular Birthmark Institute at the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
Dr. Waner earned his M.D., B.Ch. degree at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa. After graduating, he completed his internship and general surgical training at the University of the Witwatersrand affiliated hospitals and his residency was conducted in the Division of Otolaryngology/Department of Surgery at the University of Witwatersrand. He also completed a research fellowship in head and neck cancer at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He then took up a faculty position in the Department of Surgery at the University of Sydney in Australia. In 1988, he left Australia to take up a faculty position in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock. He also held the Benjamin and Milton Waner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Facial Plastic Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Waner has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer reviewed articles, 25 book chapters, and 2 textbooks concerning hemangiomas, vascular malformations of the head and neck, and related topics. He is considered a world authority in hemangiomas and vascular malformations. He was a pioneer in the development of copper vapor lasers and has remained at the forefront in both the clinical aspects and basic research in the field of lasers in medicine. Dr. Waner holds numerous US and international patents on medical devices and one of his most recent inventions is a pair of infrared glasses that can visualize veins through intact skin. This instrument will soon be used in operating rooms and emergency rooms throughout the country. He has served as the surgical representative on the board of directors of the American Society for laser Medicine and Surgery and was nominated to run for president of that society.
Dr. Waner is the recipient of numerous awards. These include an Honor Award presented by the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and the Children’s Miracle Network Achievement Award. He has been made an honorary member of the British Academy of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and was knighted by the order of Usmiechu in Poland for his work with Polish children affected by vascular anomalies. Dr. Waner is included in several lists of top physicians including, Castle and Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors, The Best Doctor’s in America and The Best Doctors in New York.
We are grateful that Dr. Waner also serves as a VBF Medical Director. He has been with VBF since the very beginning, performing transformative surgery for countless VBF families over the last 25 years, including for VBF President / Founder Dr. Linda’s daughter, Christine, whose hemangioma story resulted in VBF’s founding.
Hemangioma, Venous Malformation, Lymphatic Malformation, Unknown / Not sure, Port Wine Stain, AVM, Combination, Other
Sturge-Weber Syndrome, PHACES, CLOVES, Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome, Unknown / Not Sure, Other
Surgery, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastics
Laser, Surgery, Drug Management, Other