As President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD for the past three years on educating the AAP’s 62,000 members on the best ways to diagnose and treat vascular birthmarks. I found Dr. Rozell-Shannon extremely helpful in identifying what pediatricians needed to know about the latest scientific findings in caring for children with vascular birthmarks. Together we were able to use the considerable resources of the AAP, including the leadership of the Academy’s Section on Dermatology, to provide information to AAP members through various publications and newsletters. In addition, Dr. Rozell-Shannon advised me and the authors of a new AAP Policy Statement, to be published in 2015, on the diagnosis and treatment of vascular birthmarks. I am confident that this collaboration will lead to a significant improvement in how pediatricians treat children with these conditions.
It has indeed been a pleasure working with you, Linda. Best wishes for a happy new year, one with better care for children with vascular birthmarks.