The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation
Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Our panel of VBF Experts are available to answer your questions. Click on each expert’s image or name below to learn more and to contact them directly. By using this service, you agree to our HIPAA Policy and Privacy Policy.

Important Notes:
  • Submit Photo with Question. It is very difficult, if not impossible, for our experts to make a recommendation without a photo of the lesion in question. Before submitting your inquiry, please attach one photo so that our expert can assess the best options. If you cannot attach a photo, please provide a detailed explanation of the color, size, location and history of the lesion.  However, be prepared that the expert may request a photo to support his/her recommendations or may not be able to provide a recommendation without seeing a picture.
  • Request a Statement of Benefits. Before your family agrees to have any laser/surgical procedure performed, please ask the treating doctor’s office manager to provide you with a statement of your benefits which indicates to you what your financial responsibility will be after your insurance company pays their portion.

Corinne Barinaga is our Patient Advocate and VBF Family Services Director. You may browse our list of physicians and other VBF Experts below, or If you would like assistance in selecting a physician, Corinne is available to answer any questions concerning family advocacy, treatment questions or physician referral. Learn more about Corinne or contact her at

VBF Experts: Doctors

  • Dr. Tatiana Belysheva

    M.D., Ph.D. Professor at Pediatric Oncology and Haematology Research Institute of N.N. Blokhin National Medical Research Center of Oncology (Moscow, Russian Federation)
  • Dr. Alex Berenstein


    Malformations and AVM Interventional Radiologist, 2007 VBF Physician of the Year

  • Dr. Francine Blei

    MD, MBA

    PHACE Syndrome Expert, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology

  • Dr. Zacharias Calil


    Lymphatic Malformation Surgeon

  • Dr. Ryner Carrillo


    Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeon, VBF Philippines Expert

  • Dr. Giacomo Colletti

    MD, DDS

    Complex Vascular Malformations Expert, Maxillo Facial Surgeon, VBF Europe Medical Director

  • Dr. Anne Comi


    Sturge-Weber Syndrome Expert, 2011 VBF Physician of the Year

  • Dr. David Darrow

    MD, DDS

    Hemangioma and Port Wine Birthmark Gum & Teeth Expert, 2017 VBF Physician of the Year

  • Dr. Kamiab Delfanian

    MD, MPH

    Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome Expert, 2012 VBF Physician of the Year

  • Dr. Beth A. Drolet


    Overgrown Syndromes Expert, CLOVES Expert

  • Dr. Ana M. Duarte

    MD, FAAD

    Pediatric Dermatologist, 2016 VBF Physician of the Year

  • Dr. Joseph L. Edmonds, Jr.


    Lymphatic Malformations Surgeon

  • Dr. Aaron Fay

    MD, FACS

    Hemangioma and Malformations Eye Surgeon, 2006 VBF Physician of the Year

  • Dr. Roy G. Geronemus


    Laser Expert, VBF Medical Director, 2008 VBF Physician of the Year

  • Dr. Steven A. Kane

    MD, PhD

    Sturge-Weber Syndrome / Glaucoma Expert

  • Dr. Orhan Konez



  • Dr. Gregory Levitin


    Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Surgeon, 2010 VBF Physician of the Year

  • Marilyn G. Liang


    CMTC Expert

  • Dr. Martin C. Mihm, Jr.


    VBF Founding Medical Director, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Pathology, and Dermatopathology

  • Dr. J. Stuart Nelson

    MD, PhD

    Laser Expert, VBF Medical Director, 2005 VBF Physician of the Year

  • Dr. Teresa M. O

    MD, MArch, FACS

    Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, 2018 VBF Physician of the Year

  • Dr. Darren B. Orbach

    MD, PhD

    Pediatric Neuro interventionalist for AVM and PHACES

  • Dr. Anna Pinto

    MD, PHD

    Sturge-Weber Syndrome Expert

  • Dr. Andrei Rebarber


    OBGYN Expert

  • Dr. Robert Rosen


    Interventional Radiologist & Endovascular Surgeon, KTS Expert, VBF iTEAM Director, 2009 VBF Physician of the Year

  • Dr. Thomas Serena


    Wound Care Specialist

  • Dr. Pooja Sodha


    Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology, Assistant Professor of Dermatology George Washington University, Medical Faculty Associates

  • Dr. Stavros Tombris

    MD, PhD, DDS

    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, VBF Europe Medical Director, VBF iTEAM Director, 2019 VBF Physician of the Year

  • Dr. Milton Waner

    MD, MBBCh, FCS(SA)

    Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon, VBF Medical Director, 2004 VBF Physician of the Year

VBF Experts: Others