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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.


VBF 2013 Albany Walk/Run Huge Success

VBF’s 5th Annual Challenge, a 5K Race, Community Walk and Kids Fun Run, was held on Friday, May 10th at The Niskayuna Soccer Complex in Niskayuna, NY. Once again, this family-friendly event was a great success with over 200 people in attendance! This event raised over $8,000 !


VBF would like to thank the 2013 Birthmark Champion, Alec Frazier and his family, and past Birthmark Champions, Chase Manny and his family, Kaylee Rippy and her family (The Wojciks), Ethan Watson and his family and Anna Joyce and her family who each had large teams participating at the event. Thanks also to our walk/run committee: Kyla Graziane, Tara Frazier, Kristin Krikorian, Nancy and John Wojcik, Kim Thurn, Holly Morizio, Lianne Chase, Erle Daniels and Race With Us, to our additional volunteers: Christine Shannon, Jim and Jimmy Joyce, Lily and Steve Ernst, Stefanie Roche, Irene and Fred Gadomski, AJ Palmateer, Fred Palmateer, Marty Morizio, the Kohls volunteers, Geoff Frazier, Scott, Gregory, Gary and Pat Krikorian, Travis Winglosky, Michelle, Hannah and Megan Combs, TJ Reichl and Mary Clark and to VBF staff: Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, Basia Joyce, Lauren Palmateer, Colleen Reichl and Genevieve Malloux.


A very special thanks to our many sponsors, including Joe Condon and B95.5/Albany Broadcasting, DJ Krazy Keith, Coccadotts Cupcake Van, Tumbling Tykes, Funflatables and Changes Salon for donating their services in order to make this event successful.


Basia, Dr. Linda and the 5K Winner
Buddy Booby Cupcake
Basia, Dr. Linda and 1st Place 5K Winner, Noah Rhode and his parents
Buddy Booby cupcake made by Coccadotts
Christine Shannon Singing the National Anthem
Dr. Linda and the Fraziers
Fraziers, Joe Condon, Dr. Linda
Start of the Kids' Dash
2013 Kids' Dash
Changes Salon Hairstylists
Kids Fun Run
2013 Kids Fun Run
Past Champion Anna
Registration Activity
5K Start
Past Birthmark Champion, Anna Joyce (left) with her friend, Ashley (right) and Changes Salon hair stylists
Registration Activity
Start of the 5K
Start of the Walk
2013 Birthmark Champion Alec with Past Champion Ethan
Start of the Walk
2013 Birthmark Champion, Alec with (left) with past Champion, Ethan