Volunteer Medical Advisors

Dr. J. Stuart Nelson - Honorary Medical Chairman for VBF/SWSC-Canada, and Medical Advisory Board for SWSC/U.S.
Dr. J. Stuart Nelson is Associate Director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, and Professor of Surgery, Dermatology and Biomedical Engineering, University of California-Irvine.

Dr. Milton Waner, Honorary Medical Chairman, SWSC/U.S.
Dr. Waner is an internationally recognized authority on hemangiomas and vascular malformations. He is currently Co-Director of the Vascular and Birthmarks Institute of New York at Roosevelt Hospital.

Dr. Martin Mihm, Honorary Research Chairman
Dr. Mihm founded the Albany Medical Center Vascular Anomalies Program and the Massachusetts General Hospital Vascular Anomalies Program. He is the Director at both clinics. Dr. Mihm is responsible for having the World Health Organization Rare Tumor Institute classify a hemangioma as a “rare tumor.” He is Professor, Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts and is the leading Pathologist in the country studying vascular anomalies. He is also Co-Director of the WHO melanoma pathology and is the Director of the Vascular Tumors Research Team and the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr. Marcelo Hochman, Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Hochman is the Director of The Facial Surgery Center in Charleston, SC and founder of The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation, an international organization that offers support, treatment and education based on need not country of origin.

mission statement

The Sturge-Weber Syndrome Community, a branch of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation, provides support and services freely and upon a volunteer basis for individuals and families living with SWS and vascular birthmarks, while sponsoring research and promoting physician education and awareness, as well as education of the public at large.