The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

The Vascular Birthmark Foundation (VBF) is pleased to announce the 2023 VBF Houston Free Laser Clinic with world-renowned and award-winning Paul M. Friedman, M.D., and team members Heather Richmond, M.D., and Emily Guo, M.D., at the Houston Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center in Houston, Texas.

“Providing and enabling access to an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for those living with Vascular Birthmarks, Anomalies, and Related Syndromes (VBARS) is at the core of VBF’s mission,” says Scott L. Cupples, Chief Operating Officer, VBF. “We’re very excited to collaborate with and leverage the expertise of Dr. Friedman and his staff in order to offer these free services to the vascular birthmarks community.”

The Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center is located at 6400 Fannin Street, Suite 2720, Houston, TX 77030. Existing patients of the Dermatology Laser Surgery Center are not eligible for a free laser treatment.

“I am honored to collaborate with Dr. Linda and the VBF to offer this free laser clinic,” explains Dr. Paul Friedman, “Our team is looking forward to connecting with the vascular birthmarks community and providing treatment in support of VBF’s mission.”

As part of VBF’s ongoing program of free laser clinics, the next free clinic will be on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Children’s Skin Center in Miami, Fla., with Ana M. Duarte. M.D., F.A.A.D. 

About The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation
The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF) is an international charitable organization that networks families affected by a vascular birthmark, anomaly, and/or related syndrome (VBARS) to the appropriate medical professionals for evaluation and/or treatment, provides informational resources as well as sponsors physician education, mobilizes medical missions, and supports research and programs that promote acceptance for individuals with vascular birthmarks. VBF has networked more than 125,000 children and adults into treatment since 1994. Established in 1994, by Founder and President, Linda Rozell-Shannon, Ph.D., VBF is the leading vascular birthmarks foundation in the world for patient education. For more information about vascular birthmarks, anomalies, and/or related syndromes,  and treatment options, please visit

About the Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center
The Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center is a technologically advanced facility designed to provide a full array of treatments in a comfortable and relaxing setting. Our three  board-certified dermatologists lead a team of professionals who are dedicated to making your entire experience with us as pleasant as possible. We believe that providing comprehensive care, from your initial consultation through to the recovery process, is essential to ensuring the safest and most effective treatment. The Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center is equipped with the latest technologies for laser skin resurfacing, body contouring, and skin rejuvenation including over 20 laser and light-based devices. Our doctors provide a full range of treatment options for patients who may require medical dermatology procedures such as skin cancer treatment or cosmetic dermatology procedures to address skin imperfections and signs of aging. For more information about the Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center, please visit

About Paul M. Friedman, M.D. 

Paul M. Friedman, M.D., is a Board-Certified Houston Dermatologist, and the director of Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center. He is also the President of the ASLMS and President of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, the  world’s largest professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence  in the field of medical laser and energy-based applications. Dr. Friedman is a leading authority on skin rejuvenation and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, as well as an experienced researcher and physician in the field of dermatologic surgery. Dr. Friedman was recently named 2022 VBF Physician of the Year.

Media Contact:
Gina Rothe
Marketing Communications Manager
Vascular Birthmarks Foundation