The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Announces the 2012 Vascular Birthmarks Conference

with Co-Directors Dr. Roy Geronemus, Dr. Gregory Levitin, and Dr. Robert Rosen

at Lenox Hill Hospital 100 East 77th Street, NY, NY.

It’s that time again – registration is now open for the VBF Annual Vascular Birthmarks Conference. We are very excited to announce this year’s conference will be held in New York City on Saturday, November 10, 2012. This year the conference is one full day which will include the conference lectures and a clinic with world renowned vascular birthmark experts.

This year’s conference and clinic will be held at the Lenox Hill Hospital 130 East 77 th Street on Floors 1 and 2 . We only have 50 FREE HOTEL ROOMS for ONE NIGHT (Friday evening) for the first 50 families who register. Once the rooms are gone, we will continue to accept registrations for the conference but you will need to secure your own lodging. You may be able to find discounted rooms at or or other such discounted sites. NOTE: The 50 FREE ROOMS are for families who do not live in the immediate NYC region.  As of 11/2/12 all conference rooms are filled. However, you may still attend the conference for free.

Anyone coming to the 2012 conference in NYC from OUTSIDE of New York State who would like to find out if you qualify for a free laser treatment, and who does not have insurance, please email Joan Agnetti, Chief Operating Officer, Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. Her phone is 212-686-7306. Only conference attendees will be given this opportunity. If you are attending the conference and have insurance and would like a treatment from Dr. Geronemus and his staff you may also try to have that arranged for Friday, while you are in New York City attending the conference.

This year we will require a credit card for everyone who registers, even if you get a free room and we waive all fees. If you do not show and you have a free room, your credit card will be charged $298 (cost to VBF). So, please make sure you are attending when you register. We will give a 100% refund if you cancel 30 days prior to the conference (by October 10, 2012) or a 50% refund if you cancel by October 22nd. There will be no refund after October 28th. Lodging will be at the Affinia Dumont or the Affinia Shelburne). Note: Because we have had to change the location of the conference and clinic, attendees will now have to get a subway, bus, or cab to the Lenox Hill Hospital on 77th Street.

There is a $100 conference/clinic fee per family. This fee entitles the family to admission to the conference, a free clinic appointment and breakfast and lunch, daycare (if needed) and attendance to special sessions (make-up, psychotherapy, support, dental and insurance services). If there is a financial hardship, fees will be waived but you must contact VBF Ex. Asst. Basia Joyce to apply for a scholarship. Her email If you are only attending the conference or only attending a clinic session, the fee is still only $100. We urge all families to attend the conference and to sign up for a very valuable clinic session.

The conference check-in is at 7:30am and conference sessions begin at 8:30am. There will be three meeting rooms this year with presentations concerning hemangiomas, port wine stains, vascular malformations, venous malformations, lymphatic malformations, Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome and Sturge Weber Syndrome. There will be other special sessions which will be announced once we receive confirmation. Lunch is provided for all attendees from 12:30-1:00pm.

Clinic sessions will be from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at the Lenox Hill Hospital. Breakfast and Lunch will also be right at the Hospital so there is no need to leave once you arrive for check in. There will be four clinic teams this year: Team 1: Hemangiomas and Malformations of the Head and Neck (Leader: Dr. Levitin); Team 2: PWS (Leaders: Dr. Nelson, Dr. Geronemus, Dr. Mihm); Team 3: Sturge Weber Syndrome (Leader: Dr. Comi); Team 4: KTS and Malformations of the Extremities (Dr. Rosen and Dr. Delfanian). Other experts will be on each team and will be available for meeting with families throughout the day.

Special sessions will be held during the day for make up, psychotherapy, insurance issues, and support. See links to registration form on-line or you can download and print and mail in the form. We need at least one clear photo (emailed to Basia Joyce at upon registration showing the birthmark for each patient so that we can insure that the patient is scheduled with the appropriate clinic team.