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1994 - 2018

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder
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Meet a few of the 100,000 beautiful
members of the VBF Family






We're facing off to see which State can host the most Buddy Booby's Birthmark read-alongs this month! Buddy is VBF's Official Mascot with a port wine stain on his beak whose message of tolerance, acceptance, and hope has been shared in 28 states so far - AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MS, MI, MO, NE, NC, NV, NY, NJ, NH, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, WA, WI, WY.


To get your state on the map, those in the continental United States can make a minimum donation to receive two free books, one to read and one to donate! Post a photo or video reading the book #IReadBuddy.


Check our VBF Facebook account for FREE book giveaways within the continental United States all month for our Read it / Donate it Campaign.


May is the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation International Month of Awareness. [Click here to join the Awareness movement.]






2018 VBF Annual Conference and Clinic

with the Lenox Hill Hospital and
Dr. Robert Rosen, Dr. Milton Waner,
Dr. Francine Blei, and Dr. Roy Geronemus

October 6, 2018 | New York, NY




It's that time again -registration is now open for the 2018 VBF Annual Vascular Birthmarks Conference and Clinic. We are very excited to announce that this year's conference will be held in New York City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. This year the conference is one full day which will include the conference lectures and a clinic with world renowned vascular birthmark experts. Click here to register today.








Story of Hope


Paige Parrish, before"You are in the right place"
Sherry Parrish, 2017 VBF Board Chairman


There we were in Dr. Waner's office in New York City looking at the photos in his books in the waiting room. It had been several years since the first time we met Dr. Waner. In one of the photo books, Brooke found her sister, Paige, as an infant still with her birthmark.


Some of the other mothers in the waiting room were wondering why we were there. Neither of my children appeared to have a visible birthmark. [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]











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Bernard A. Cohen, MD, FAAP and Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD co-host a webinar:
Early Diagnosis and Intervention of Vascular Anomalies (Infantile Hemangiomas and Malformations)





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Dr. Linda at the 13th World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology in Chicago, July 6-9

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Note: 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.


Dr.NelsonDr. Stuart Nelson, VBF Co-Medical Director and International Port Wine Stain Laser Specialist
2005 VBF Physician of the Year
Ask the NYC Laser ExpertDr. Roy Geronemus, NYC and International Laser Specialist
2008 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. WanerDr. Milton Waner, Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon
2004 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. RosenDr. Robert Rosen, Vascular Lesions of Arms and Legs Interventional Radiologist
2009 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. LevitinDr. Gregory Levitin, Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon
NYC * L.A.

2010 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. Teresa ODr. Teresa O, Hemangioma and Malformations Surgeon Dr. Linda Rozell-ShannonDr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, President and Founder
Dr. David DarrowDr. David Darrow - Hemangioma and PWS Gum/Teeth Expert
2017 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. ComiDr. Anne Comi, Sturge Weber Syndrome Specialist
2011 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. OrbachDr. Darren Orbach, Pediatric Neurointerventionalist for AVMs and PHACE
Dr. DelfanianDr. Kamiab Delfanian, KTS Treatment Specialist
2012 VBF Physician of the Year
Andrei Rebarber, MD FACOGAndrei Rebarber, MD, Ob/Gyn Expert
Dr. BerensteinDr. Alex Berenstein, Malformations and AVM Interventional Radiologist
2007 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. EdmondsDr. Joseph Edmonds, Lymphatic Malformations Surgeon Dr. DuarteDr. Ana Duarte, Florida Expert
2016 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. KonezDr. Orhan Konez, Interventional Radiologist
Dr. TomrisDr. Stavros Tombris, European Surgeon

Dr. FayDr. Aaron Fay, Hemangioma and Malformations Eye Surgeon
2006 VBF Physician of the Year
Dr. CalilDr. Calil, Lymphatic Malformation Surgeon
Dr. FishmanDr. Steven Fishman, Internal Lesion and Surgical Debulking Expert
Dr. KaneDr. Steven Kane, SWS Glaucoma Expert
Corinne BarinagaCorinne Barinaga, VBF Family Services Director
Helen FiggeDr. Helen Figge, Pharmacist
Dr.MihmDr. Martin Mihm, VBF Co-Medical Director and Research Director
2003 VBF Physician of the Year
Lex van der Heijden, Chairman, CMTCLex Van der Heijden, CMTC Foundation

Leslie GraffLeslie Graff, Psychosocial/ Developmental

Dr. Serena, Wound Care ExpertDr. Thomas Serena, Wound Care Expert Dr. Francine BleiDr. Francine Blei, VBF PHACE Syndrome Expert
Sarina PatelSarina Patel, Young Adult Advocate
Nancy RobertsNancy Roberts, Make-up Specialist
KimberlyKimberly, West Coast Makeup Expert AlicitaAlicita, Adult Rep in Spanish
Elissa RifkinElissa Rifkin, M.Ed., Developmental Specialist      

Catalanotto Family

Frank and Barbara Catalanotto, VBF Honorary Chairs
Frank is a retired professional baseball player and he and his wife are the proud parents of four girls, one who had a hemangioma on her nose and was networked into treatment by VBF. The Frank Catalanotto Foundation

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Meet VBF's mascot, Buddy Booby. Join the Buddy Booby Read-Along to raise awareness!


Dr. Linda and Christine

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon: The Founder and President of VBF Tells Her Personal Story