The Vascular Anomalies group at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, a multidisciplinary group providing specialized expertise in the treatment of vascular anomalies in infants, children, and adolescents, was founded more than 15 years ago.

The program offers expertise in diagnosis and treatment options not widely available at other centers.

What makes our program different

We treat a wide range of conditions

Vascular anomalies (conditions that cause blood vessels to develop abnormally) are not restricted to just a single condition, but can be related to several kinds of disorders.

The vascular conditions that we treat include hemangiomas (also called “strawberry marks”, non-cancerous growths that can form in the skin or blood vessels), malformations of veins, arteries, and structures within the lymph system, including complex malformations associated with genetic conditions, and rare types of tumors that can form within the blood vessels, such as Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma and tufted angioma.

Our expertise spans many specialties

Caring for these rare and complex conditions frequently requires input from many different kinds of medical specialists, all of whom are available to our patients at Columbia University Medical Center/ New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Referrals to our program often come from pediatricians, other dermatologists, hematologists, and surgeons who recognize the need for specialty evaluation and an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosis and management.

Our team of physicians and nurses include specialists in dermatology, surgery, hematology/oncology, diagnostic and interventional radiology and neuroradiology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, cardiology, neurology, genetics and vascular biology.

Our approach to care

A truly interdisciplinary approach

In addition to examination and care of patients in our inpatient setting, the team conducts a monthly Vascular Anomalies Clinic which brings together all of the specialists involved in the care of children with complex vascular anomalies. These clinics allow the specialists to compare notes, share best practices, foster teamwork and collaboration, and ensure that they are efficiently and effectively coordinating care for patients and families as they seek to understand and manage these challenging conditions.

Actively involved in the latest research

Members of the Vascular Anomalies group are actively engaged in clinical research, including participation in clinical trials involving multiple medical centers, allowing many of our patients to try new therapies and methods. Our faculty are also involved in basic research in vascular biology that may lead to development of new therapies.

Part of a vast network of research and care

We are also active participants in national and international collaborative groups of experts in vascular anomalies, such as the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA) and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Vascular Anomalies Special Interest Group (ASPHO-VA-SIG) to improve the care of children with vascular lesions.

The Vascular Anomalies Program provides care for a wide range of rare and complex conditions that affect the blood vessels, utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach that coordinates care, research, and innovation among many specialists throughout our medical center and beyond.