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Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon and Dr. Milton Waner
Topic: Hemangiomas: when to treat, and when not to treat
Recorded February 13, 2017





Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, Christine Shannon, and Dr. Milton Waner


VBF’s story began in 1994 when Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon gave birth to her miracle daughter Christine. Though doctors had previously told Linda she could never have a child, they were wrong!  While she knew her own life had changed for the good, in that instant she couldn’t fathom how the lives of so many others would one day be impacted by her daughter’s birth.


When Christine was just six weeks old, Linda noticed a blister-like tumor on her baby’s lower lip that was later confirmed by her pediatrician as a hemangioma.  Over the next few months, the lesion grew to the size of a golf ball making it impossible for Christine to close her mouth, eat or speak properly. Everyday activities became increasingly problematic.

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Dr.NelsonDr. Stuart Nelson, VBF Co-Medical Director and International Port Wine Stain Laser Specialist
2005 VBF Physician of the Year
Ask the NYC Laser ExpertDr. Roy Geronemus, NYC and International Laser Specialist
2008 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. WanerDr. Milton Waner, Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon
2004 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. RosenDr. Robert Rosen, Vascular Lesions of Arms and Legs Interventional Radiologist
2009 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. LevitinDr. Gregory Levitin, Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon
NYC * L.A.

2010 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. FishmanDr. Steven Fishman, Internal Lesion and Surgical Debulking Expert

Rafael Ortiz, MDRafael Ortiz, MD, Neuro-endovascular Surgeon

Dr. David DarrowDr. David Darrow - Hemangioma and PWS Gum/Teeth Expert

Dr. ComiDr. Anne Comi, Sturge Weber Syndrome Specialist
2011 VBF Physician of the Year  
Dr. OrbachDr. Darren Orbach, Pediatric Neurointerventionalist for AVMs and PHACE

Dr. DelfanianDr. Kami Delfanian, KTS Treatment Specialist
2012 VBF Physician of the Year
Andrei Rebarber, MD FACOGAndrei Rebarber, MD, Ob/Gyn Expert

Dr. BerensteinDr. Alex Berenstein, Malformations and AVM Interventional Radiologist
2007 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. EdmondsDr. Joseph Edmonds, Lymphatic Malformations Surgeon
Dr. DuarteDr. Duarte, Florida Expert

2016 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. KonezDr. Orhan Konez, Interventional Radiologist

Dr. TomrisDr. Stavros Tombris, European Surgeon

Dr. FayDr. Aaron Fay, Hemangioma and Malformations Eye Surgeon
2006 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. CalilDr. Calil, Lymphatic Malformation Surgeon

Elissa RifkinElissa Rifkin, M.Ed., Developmental Specialist

Dr. ThompsonDr. Stevan Thompson, Military (Tricare) Surgeon

Corinne BarinagaCorinne Barinaga, VBF Family Services Director

Helen FiggeDr. Helen Figge, Pharmacist

Dr.MihmDr. Martin Mihm, VBF Co-Medical Director and Research Director
2003 VBF Physician of the Year
Lex van der Heijden, Chairman, CMTCLex Van der Heijden, CMTC Foundation

Leslie GraffLeslie Graff, Psychosocial/ Developmental

Dr. Serena, Wound Care ExpertDr. Thomas Serena, Wound Care Expert
Nancy RobertsNancy Roberts, Make-up Specialist

Sarina PatelSarina Patel, Young Adult Advocate

Laurie MooreLaurie Moore, Make Up Expert from Colortration
KimberlyKimberly, West Coast Makeup Expert AlicitaAlicita, Adult Rep in Spanish

Frank and Barbara Catalanotto, VBF Honorary Chairs

Catalanotto Family
Frank is a retired professional baseball player and he and his wife are the proud parents of four girls, one who had a hemangioma on her nose and was networked into treatment by VBF.

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Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon: The Founder and President of VBF Tells Her Personal Story

Dr. Linda and Christine
Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon tells her personal story.