Crain’s New York Business
May 27, 2013
Surgeon to Lead Lenox Hill's Center for Vascular Birthmarks
By Barbara Benson
INFANTS WITH HEARTBREAKING FACIAL MALFORMATIONS are often brought to Dr. Milton Waner, an internationally recognized specialist in pediatric facial plastic surgery and vascular malformations. Dr. Waner, an expert in laser procedures and treating birthmarks such as port-wine stains, recently joined Lenox Hill Hospital's Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute as its director of the Center for Vascular Birthmarks of the New York Head & Neck Institute. He had been director of the Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York at Continuum Health Partners' St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center. North Shore-LIJ took over Lenox Hill in 2010.
"The work ethic here is amazing, from the security person to the nurses," said Dr. Waner, 59, who performs about 900 surgeries annually. He is following the path of his friend Dr. Peter Costantino, whom North Shore-LIJ recruited from Continuum in 2011 to launch the New York Head & Neck Institute with an investment of $3 million to $5 million.
"Dr. Waner is the pre-eminent vascular-malformation surgeon in the U.S., if not the world," said Dr. Costantino. "He is the guy on the planet Earth for these lesions." The vast North Shore-LIJ system handles about 34,000 live births annually, and an estimated 1,000 infants have vascular lesions.