Global Experts in Diagnosis & Treatment of Vascular Birthmarks to Convene at Lenox Hill Hospital for 17th Annual Vascular Birthmarks Conference

Nearly 100 patients from around the world will gather at Lenox Hill Hospital on Saturday, October 8th for free clinical screenings and treatments. The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation’s 2016 conference, an event devoted to family and physician education on vascular malformations, will be hosted at Lenox Hill Hospital on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The event will be co-sponsored by The AVM Center of New York at Lenox Hill, one of the world’s leaders in the treatment of hemangiomas and vascular malformations. The attendees will include patients and physicians from across the United States and from six other nations.

As many as one in 10 children are born with a vascular anomaly; more than half of those children will require some type of treatment for the condition. The annual conference brings together patients and their families with medical experts for a review of the latest research findings and advancements in treatments for vascular birthmarks, including port wine stains, hemangiomas, and related conditions.

Scientific sessions will be followed by a free clinic for adults and children with hemangiomas and vascular anomalies. The patients will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one consultations with the conference faculty, during which they will be examined, diagnosed, and given treatment recommendations. These private consultations are often the first opportunity patients have to obtain a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for their specific condition.

“This conference represents a unique opportunity for patients and families to learn about these unusual and often misunderstood conditions and to receive guidance on proper treatment from the world’s leading experts,” said Dr. Robert J. Rosen, Director of The AVM Center and a renowned specialist in Interventional Radiology & Endovascular Surgery. “I am not aware of another medical conference like this one.”

Because vascular lesions and tumors often have an external physical manifestation that draws attention to the patient, the conference includes support group sessions and important networking opportunities for individuals and families.  Special sessions for makeup, billing and insurance, and information on emerging pharmaceutical and treatment techniques will also be available.

The faculty has identified this event as the single greatest opportunity for clinicians to see various birthmark types and to consult with peers on diagnosis, treatment, and research plans. Physicians from as far away as the Philippines will be present to learn improved diagnosis and treatment techniques.

2016 conference directors are Dr. Rosen, Dr. Milton Waner, and Dr. Francine Blei, of The AVM Center at Lenox Hill, as well as Dr. Roy Geronemus of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York.

About the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation
The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF) is an international charitable organization that networks families affected by a vascular birthmark, tumor, or syndrome to the appropriate medical professionals for evaluation and/or treatment, provides informational resources as well as sponsors physician education, mobilizes medical missions trips, and supports research and programs that promote acceptance for individuals with birthmarks.  For more information, go to

About Lenox Hill Hospital
Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. For more information, go to