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The Dr. Milton Waner Tugboat Makes Its Debut


Milton Waner, MD, a world-renowned pediatric plastic surgeon and director of the Vascular Birthmarks Institute of New York at Lenox Hill and Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospitals, was recently honored during a tugboat naming ceremony at Pier A harbor in downtown Manhattan. Harley Marine Services welcomed the DR. MILTON WANER tug into their fleet of vessels to celebrate the esteemed doctor and his work with patients – mostly children – suffering from hemangiomas and vascular malformations.

For company founder Harley Franco, naming boats to raise awareness for various diseases and conditions has become a tradition. So when it came time to choose a worthwhile title for the New York fleet's new addition, Harley's brother, Jay Franco, proposed an idea right away.

"To me there was only one name to suggest," said Jay, who is a longtime patient of Dr. Waner. "I was born with a 'port wine stain' vascular birthmark and sought out Dr. Waner's care 10 years ago. He provided me with more knowledge and kindness than any doctor I had seen previously. I was impressed by the sense of hope displayed by everyone in his practice. It was a true reflection of Milton Waner, and that is why we're honoring him."

Harley Marine Services hopes that the DR. MILTON WANER tug will help bring attention to vascular birthmarks and the variety of treatments now available. Dr. Waner attended the naming ceremony accompanied by his wife, Dr. Teresa O, co-director of the Facial Nerve Center at Lenox Hill Hospital and their three sons, Jarrod, Aaron and Benjamin.

To learn more about Dr. Waner's work with the Vascular Birthmarks Institute of New York, visit

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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