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1994 - 2014
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75,000 networked into treatment

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 Calendar of Events

February 2015


Feb. 18-19: VBF's iTeam (international medical mission team) in Israel. Click here to learn more about our iTeam and to help them succeed!


March 2015


Spread positive energy and support VBF by joining the Charmed by Charity event on Tueday, March 17th. 15% of all sales of Alex and Ani jewelry will go directly to VBF. You can participate by placing a phone order for in-stock products at the store at (201) 857-0911 and mentioning the VBF fundraiser. Click here for details.


April 2015


Friday, April 24, 2015: Annual Benefit at Francesco & Giovanni's Pine Restaurant in Bronx, NY. Hosted by Fran Muscarella in honor of her grand-daughter Julia. Click here to learn more!


May 2015


May 15: International Day of Awareness of Vascular Birthmark events. Click here to learn more!


May 16: Olivia's Walk for Birthmarks near Philadelphia, PA celebrates the VBF's Day of Awareness. Click here to register or sponsor the event!


June 2015


June 28: Chasing the Cure Golf Tournament, at Frear Municipal Golf Course in New York. Hosted by Kyla Manny in honor of her son Chase. Click here to learn more and attend!


October 2015


October 10: Annual VBF Conference and Clinic, Irvine, CA! Registration is now open!


November 2014


November 18, 2014, join Evan Jones from 5pm to 7pm at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 13348 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA to Eat for Change while raising funds and awareness for VBF. You must bring in the flyer for the event, and show it to your server! Chipotle Flyer (pdf) A copy on your smartphone or tablet is great too!



November 14, 2014, Origami Owl fundraiser - Sharon Israel



March 2014


Everyone loves Alex and Ani jewelry. So, please join us for a very special fundraiser to benefit the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF). Charmed by Charity is an event being held at Alex and Ani, 327 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 15% of all sales will go directly to VBF. You need not be present to participate in this fundraiser. (please see details here)



March 22nd at 10:00 AM - Walk for Vascular Birthmarks in California at Huntington Beach Pier. Organized by Amanda Myers.



April 2014


VBF is excited to announce that our 20th Anniversary Olivia’s Walk for Birthmarks will be held on Saturday, April 12th, 10:00am, at Neshaminy State Park, Bensalem, PA. This is the 3rd annual Olivia’s Walk for Birthmarks and we are proud to be celebrating VBF’s 20th anniversary at this event! The past two years this event was a huge success with well over 200 walkers in attendance! (please see details here)



May 2014


The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation's (VBF) International Day of Awareness (DOA) is on May 15th. Each year people from all over the world make an effort to raise awareness and/or funds in honor of VBF's International Day of Awareness, not just around May 15th but also throughout the year! (please see details here)



June 2014


Family Fun Day and Community Walk, June 8 in Niskayuna, NY (details to come soon)



August 2014


Frank Catalanotto Golf Event to benefit VBF, August 4, 2014 in Long Island, NY. (details to come soon!)



October 2014


On Friday, October 10, 2014, we will be hosting our 20th Anniversary “Mark of Beauty” Gala at the Hudson Theatre located at 145 West 44th Street, New York City, from 7pm until 10pm.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, we will be hosting our 2014 Annual Vascular Birthmarks Foundation Conference at the Lenox Hill Hospital, 130 East 77th Street, New York City. (please see details here)