The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Contact Information:

Boston Children's Hospital

  • Sturge Weber Expert
  • Assistant, Department of Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Co-Director, Sturge Weber Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Lecturer of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Pinto’s research interests are in Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) and epilepsy during the first two years of life considering all aspects of the heterogeneous conditions. Her mission is to improve the understanding of the multitude of etiologies and the possible mechanisms of seizure, diagnostic assessment, treatment and prognosis. She has had a chance to in the comprehensive SWS clinic in the neurology department at Boston Children’s Hospital. Brain involvement is commonly seen; seizure is the most common neurological symptom manifested in SWS patients, and yet the pathophysiologic process involving the epileptogenesis in this syndrome is not fully explained. Seizures often occur during first year of life and they can be drug resistant. Studies have shown that duration of epilepsy impact quality of life and neurodevelopment of this group of patients. Hopefully we can promote improvement on those aspects in the life of patients with SWS.

  • Birthmarks Types:

    Port Wine Stain

  • Birthmark Syndromes:

    Sturge-Weber Syndrome

  • Practice Specialties:

    Pediatrics, Other

  • Procedures Offered:

    Drug Management, Other