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Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder
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Ask the VBF Experts

Dr. Stuart Nelson, VBF Co-Medical Director and International Port Wine Stain Laser Specialist
Dr. Nelson will answer your questions concerning the diagnosis and treatment of Port Wine Stains.


Dr. Gregory Levitin, Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon, NYC and LA
Dr. Levitin will answer your questions regarding the surgical treatment of all vascular birthmarks and tumors.


Dr. Robert Rosen, Vascular Lesions of Arms and Legs Interventional Radiologist
Our expert for all non-brain AVMs and vascular lesions of the arms and legs, Dr. Rosen welcomes your questions.


Dr. Roy Geronemus, NYC and International Laser Specialist
If you have a question or concern about laser treatments in general, contact Dr. Geronemus.


Dr. Milton Waner, Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon
Email Dr. Waner with questions regarding hemangiomas and other vascular lesions.


Dr. Aaron Fay, Hemangioma and Malformation Eye Surgeon
Dr. Fay will answer your questions about orbital birthmarks.


Corinne Barinaga, VBF Family Services Director
Corinne Barinaga, our Administrative Director, will answer emails concerning family advocacy, treatment questions, or physician referral.


Dr. Martin Mihm, VBF Co-Medical Director and Research Director
Dr. Mihm is coordinating and directing research regarding vascular birthmarks and tumors.


Dr. Darren Orbach, Pediatric Neurointerventionalist for AVMs and PHACE
VBF is proud to welcome Dr. Orbach!


Dr. Anne Comi, Sturge Weber Syndrome Specialist
One of the leading experts on Sturge Weber Syndrome, Dr. Comi will be responding to your questions concerning this syndrome.


Dr. Alex Berenstein, Malformations and AVM Interventional Radiologist
Ask Dr. Berenstein your questions regarding interventional radiology.


Dr. Kami Delfanian, KTS Treatment Specialist
Send your questions concerning KT Syndrome to Dr. Delfanian.


Dr. Barry Zide, NYC Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon
If you have a question or concern about hemangioma and vascular malformation treatment in general, contact Dr. Zide.


Dr. Joseph Edmonds, Lymphatic Malformations Surgeon
Ask Dr. Edmonds your questions related to Lymphatic Malformations.


Anna Duarte, M.D., Florida Expert
Ask our expert Dr. Duarte, your questions about receiving treatment in Florida.


Dr. Orhan Konez, Interventional Radiologist
Questions regarding reading and interpreting films and treating malformations with sclerotherapy or embollization can be sent to Dr. Orhan Konez.


Dr. Steven Fishman, Internal Lesions Surgeon
Ask Dr. Fishman your questions about liver and other internal vascular lesions.


Rafael Ortiz, MD, Neuro-endovascular Surgeon
Ask Dr. Ortiz your questions about vascular tumors of the head and neck region, cerebral and spinal arteriovenous malformations, treatment of craniofacial vascular lesions (venous, lymphatic, AVMs, hemangiomas) in adults and children.


Dr. Calil, Lymphatic Malformation Surgeon
Dr. Calil will answer your questions about Lymphatic Malformations.


Elissa-Uretsky Rifkin, M.Ed. CMHC Midwest Developmental Specialist
A trained developmental specialist and is on the board of VBF. Send questions concerning hemangiomas and this topic to Elissa.


Dr. Stavros Tombris, European Surgeon
Fr. Tombris treats all forms of hemangomas, port wine stains and malformations.


Dr. Stevan Thompson, Military (Tricare) Surgeon
Dr. Stevan Thompson has joined us to answer questions concerning the treatment of vascular birthmarks in the military.


Dr. Helen Figge, Pharmacist
If you or your child has a vascular birthmark and you have a question regarding a prescription drug, please ask Doc Helen Figge.


Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, VBF President and Founder
Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon is the leading lay expert in the world on the subject of vascular birthmarks.


Lex Van der Heijden, CMTC Foundation
If you or your child has CMTC, please contact Lex with your questions.


Leslie Graff, East Coast Developmental Specialist
Leslie is a trained developmental specialist. Send questions concerning port wine stains and this topic to Leslie.


Linda Seidel - Make-up Expert
Ask Linda Seidel your questions about make-up.


Nancy Roberts - Make-up Specialist
Ask our expert Nancy Roberts, Co-Creator of Smart Cover Cosmetics (, your questions about make-up.


Eileen O'Connor, Adult Living with PWS


Laurie Moore, Make Up Expert from Colortration
Laurie Moore, from will answer makeup related concerns.


Alicita, Spanish Expert
Ask our expert Alicita, your questions in Spanish.


Dr. Thomas Serena, Wound Care Expert


Sarina Patel, Young Adult Advocate



What Our Families Are Saying About Us


"We relied on the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation to provide us with the information, the contacts, the resources, and the support that we needed to get through this difficult time. Their theme, "We are making a difference" couldn't be more accurate. For us, it was all the difference in the world."
Jill Brown


Hi Linda
Just a note to say how wonderful I found the interview of you and Capital 9 news. Thanks so much for your devotion.


Dr. Linda inducted into Rensselaer HS Hall of Fame on 4/21/13 for her work with the VBF

Dr. Linda Inducted into  Hall of Fame LINDA ROZELL SHANNON, PhD is being inducted for her academic achievements; her humanitarian work with, and in establishing, the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation; and authorship of legislation relating to serial offenders of DWIs and identification of emerging mental health issues in high school students. Linda graduated from Rensselaer Jr‐Sr High School in 1972, went to the College of St Rose for her undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Russell Sage for her MS in Health Education, and attained her doctorate through Walden University, MN in 2008. Linda has had several careers, simultaneously. She retired from the NYS Dept of Motor Vehicles in 2009, after 37 years, having worked in various positions, lastly as a Highway Safety Program Representative in the Division of Vehicle Safety. In her earlier years at DMV, she was a Sr. Administrative/Legislative Analyst. As an off‐shoot of her work at DMV, Linda has been working with Assemblyman Tedisco and Senator Farley drafting legislation entitled “Charlotte’s Law”, regarding permanent termination of a driver’s license for serial offenders. Her teaching career began in 1983 and continues. She has taught a wide variety of subjects from biblical studies at her church to college level medical.billing, insurance and terminology courses at Mildred Elley, Bryant & Stratton and Excelsior Colleges as an adjunct faculty member. Linda is also President and Founder of the world‐wide Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF). Started in 1995, the foundation does research, liaison and linking services and fundraising for those born with vascular birthmarks. She has lectured widely on the subject and is considered an expert on the topic. Dr. Linda is a published author of many articles on birthmarks and hemangiomas. She is a member of the International Society of Surgeons of Vascular Anomalies, the International Women’s Writer’s Guild, the Rotary Club, the NY Vascular Anomalies and Hemangioma Specialists, the American Academy of Pediatric Otolaryngologists’ Task Force on Vascular Anomalies and a past board member of Dance Crazy, Inc, a not‐forprofit teaching children ballroom dancing. Dr Linda is the recipient of the 2010 More Magazine Women Making a Difference Award; the 2007 “Voices” Campaign Award, a $20,000 award presented by Montel Williams for women making a difference, and the 2005 local Jefferson Award for outstanding performance in public service. She also introduced legislation which was passed by the Assembly in 2012 for “Jerry’s Law” and, a program that seeks to identify emerging mental health issues in high school students and enables them to have a review by the Committee on Special Education. Linda grew up in Rensselaer and now lives in Niskayuna with her daughter, Christine Shannon.


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