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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.


Laser Treatment Centers

International Laser Treatment Centers


THE DERMATOLOGY CENTRE, Dr. Ricky Kannee Schachter, Dr. Daniel Shachter, Dr. Anne Curtis, 208 Bloor St. West, Suite 403, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3B4, 416-922-9620 phone, 416-922-4358 fax


Dermatology Associates. Dr. R.A.W. Miller, Dr. A.H. Murray, Dr. Scott J. Murray, 6088 Coburg Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Phone 902 425-8038, fax 902-421-1580


LaserDerm, Ottawa, Dr. Dudley, Dr. Sharyn Laughlin, 800-361-3376


Dr. Benjamin Fisher, Ricky Kanee Schacter, Dermatology Ctr. Laser Unit, Women's College Hospital, 76 Grenville Street, 8th Floor. Toronto, Ontario M5S 1B6


Sigmacon, Candela distributor, 416-665-6616 for the latest in current locations.



Dr. Jorge Ocampo in Monterrey Mx. with the V- BEAM


Candela Distributor: Arfamex, Av. Revolucion no. -1875 - Mezz. Col. San Angel C.P. 01000, Mexico, D.F. Tel - 55501056, e-mail -



Dr. Shim's Plastic Aesthetic Clinic,Dong Seo Blvd.,2F 9-8 Cheong Dam Dong,Kangnam Ku,Seoul, Korea 135-100, Tel. 82-2-515-1191, Fax 82-2-515-1193


National Skin Centre Singapore, 1 Mandalay Road Singapore 308205, Tel : +65-2534455, Fax : +65-2533225


Mr. Gary Pope, Photogenica Sales Rep., sells Photogenica lasers in the Asian region, he can provide info. on doctors & hospitals who bought the Photogenica laser, Asian Marketing Resources,Hong Kong, Tel 852-2-592-9504, Fax 852-2-812-2539 (Editor's Note: it has been reported that this info is no longer valid).



Oshiro Laser Institute, Shinano-machi, Tokyo which is about 10 min. from Shinjuku


CANDELA KK (Japan), Knit Building, 3F, 9-5 Ryogoku 2 chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130, Japan. 81-3-3-846-0552, Fax: 81-3-3-846-0553.


United Kingdom

South Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, UK


Middlesbrough General, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, UK


Leeds Dermatology Laser Centre, Leeds Centre for Dermatology, The General Infirmary at Leeds, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK. Consultant in charge: Dr Rob Sheehan-Dare. Telephone: +44 (0113) 3922295, Fax: +44 (0113) 2341154, E-mail: The Leeds Dermatology Laser Centre is the largest National Health Service laser centre in the UK. We provide a full range of laser treatments to both National Health Service and privately funded patients, but have a particular interest and expertise in the treatment of port wine stains and other vascular naevi. We have facilities for treatment of both adults and children (under general anaesthetic).


The laser clinic at the Royal Free Hospital, London. The dermatology department in this large central London NHS hospital has a laser clinic and they provide NHS treatment for a variety of conditions and also offer limited range of fee paying cosmetic services.


Dr. Lowe, Cranley Clinic, 3, Harcourt House, 19A Cavendish Square, London W1M9AB, 0207-499-3223


Dr. Harper, Dept. of Derm., Great Ormond Street Hospital, Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond St., London WC1N3JH, 0207-829-8668


Ms. Barrett, General Manager, Laser Clinic, 22, Harley St., London, W1, 0171-636-8483


Lister Hospital, Laser Suite, Chelsea Bridge Rd., London, SW1W 8RH, 0207-730-3417 x467


Dr. Nield, Plastic Surgeon, M.I.T.U., London Clinic, 20 Devonshire Place, London W1N 2DH, 0171-935-4444


Dr. Darley, Derm., Out Patients, Sussex Nuffield, Warren Rd., Woodingdean, Brighton BN2 6DX, East Sussex, 01273-624488


Dr. Walker, Dept. of Dermatology, Wellington (Humana) Hospital, 8a Wellington Place, St. John's Wood, London NW8 9LE, 0171-586-5959


Wellington (Humana) Hospital Dermatology, Walker N.P.J. 0207 586 5959


London Clinic M.I.T.U., Nield D. 0207 935 4444
Stamford Hospital Laser Suite, Hart Bernie 0208 636 9000


Dr. Richard Barlow & Dr Andrew C Markey MD FRCP, St. John's institute of Dermatology, St Thomas Hospital, London, 020 7928 9292 ext 1422



THE ULSTER HOSPITAL, DUNDONALD, BELFAST, Head of Clinic: Dr Julian Handley, M.D., F.R.C.P., Address: Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT16 0RM, Telephone: 02890 550430 Fax: 028 9048 1166 E-mail:



Dr. Luigi Polla, Forever Laser Insitute, Geneva, 011-41-22-318-60-51, Candela VBeam


LaseMed in Switzerland at 41-71-454-7030


Rest of Europe

Phillip Mas at 011-33-1-30-5231-68 is Candela's distibutor in France.


Candela Europe at 011-31-40-2-46-4939



Dr. Philip S. Bekhor, 503, Elgar Road, Box Hill, 3128, Melbourne, Victoria, Tel: 9890 1844, Fax: 9890 2270


Dr. Halbert (she has rooms in Wellington West Perth and Cottesloe), ph +61 (0)8 93217641, + 61 (0) 8 93851441


Carl Vintulo, +61 (australia) (0) 892242177 or 089 92242244, email
Dr. Margaret Pascoe, Royal Children's Hospital, 03 9345 6441.


Dr. Tony Moore, Adelaide Plastic Surgery Association, Memorial Hospital, North Adelaide, South Australia phone - 8267-1800


South Africa

Candela distributor: OMNIMED Pty. LTD, Contact: Robert Samson, BUS: 011-27-11-792-7120, FAX: 011--27-11-792--7084. 7 Hans Strydom Ave, Cnr. Aimee Strasse, 2194 Randburg, South Africa.



Ankara Lazer Merkezi, Caldiran Sokak, Kolej, Ankara, Tel : 0 312 431 0991