The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Contact Information:

Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Dr. Ilona Frieden is a pediatric dermatologist and a world-renowned specialist in children’s skin diseases. She has more than 35 years of experience caring for children with skin conditions that range from eczema and diaper rash to rare genetic disorders and those occurring within complex disease syndromes. She is the former director of Pediatric Dermatology at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Frieden also cares for children with birthmarks and has a special interest in those that arise from abnormal blood vessels, including hemangiomas and vascular malformations. She directs the UCSF Birthmarks & Vascular Anomalies Center, which she helped found in 1991.

Frieden earned her medical degree at UCSF, where she also completed residencies in pediatrics and dermatology. For more than 12 years, she has served as an editor-in-chief of the journal Pediatric Dermatology. She is co-editor of the textbook Neonatal and Infant Dermatology, now in its third edition. She has authored and co-authored dozens of book chapters and more than 250 peer-reviewed articles.

Freiden is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Pediatrics, Society for Pediatric Dermatology, American Dermatological Association, Women’s Dermatologic Association and International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies.

A pediatric dermatologist who treats all birthmarks with a special interest in vascular anomalies. Office includes a multidisciplinary vascular anomalies team: dermatology, plastics, interventional radiology, and ENT.

Dr. Frieden also speaks Spanish.

  • Birthmarks Types:

    Hemangioma, Venous Malformation, Lymphatic Malformation, Port Wine Stain, AVM, Combination

  • Birthmark Syndromes:

    Sturge-Weber Syndrome

  • Practice Specialties:

    Psychology, Facial Plastics, Dermatology

  • Procedures Offered:

    Laser, Interventional