Vascular anomalies occur when arteries, veins, capillaries or lymph vessels do not develop properly. Some can be disfiguring, while others can present health risks in children. Many vascular anomalies are congenital (present at birth), but some may develop later in a child’s life.
What are the different types of vascular anomalies?
Vascular anomalies can be categorized into two main groups: vascular tumors and vascular malformations.
For children with vascular anomalies, the number of facilities capable of providing coordinated care with comprehensive treatment is limited. The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Vascular Anomalies Clinic combines the expertise and resources from across our healthcare system to offer children the effective, coordinated care they need. We care for more than 500 new patients every year and serve as a national referral center for children who might otherwise not have access to specialized care.
Our pediatric-trained specialists work together to provide accurate diagnoses (which can be difficult for these complex conditions), individualized treatment plans and ongoing care for children with vascular anomalies.
Our Vascular Anomalies Clinic offers:
- Medications to control blood vessel growth
- Image-guided sclerotherapy to shrink lesions
- Surgery to remove tumors or lesions
- Laser therapy
- Orthotics and prosthetics
- Clinical trials
The following resources provide you with additional information on specific types of vascular anomalies, including what the conditions are, current research, frequently asked questions, support groups and more.
Children's offers one of the largest multidisciplinary teams in the country. Our Vascular Anomalies Clinic includes providers and consultative services from 16 different pediatric specialties. Led by Dr. Matthew Hawkins, Pediatric Interventional Radiologist and Medical Director of the Vascular Anomalies Clinic, each one of our providers has knowledge and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric vascular anomalies.
Core team providers
- Hematology: Michael Briones, DO; Michael White, MD
- Interventional radiology: Matthew Hawkins, MD, Medical Director, Vascular Anomalies; Anne Gill, MD; Jay Shah, MD; Darshan Variyam, MD
- Otolaryngology: Steven Goudy, MD, Division Chief, Otolaryngology; Sean Evans, MD
- Pathology: Julie Hong Yin, MD
- Pediatric general surgery: Megan Durham, MD; Jonathan Meisel, MD; Alexis Smith, MD
- Plastic surgery: Magdalena Soldanska, MD
- Radiology: Kiery Braithwaite, MD
- Advanced practice providers: Alyssa Kesselman, RN, CPNP, Vascular Anomalies Clinic Program Manager; Rachel Swerdlin, RN, CPNP
- Cardiology: Denver Sallee, MD; Glen Iannucci, MD
- Dermatology: Leslie Lawley, MD
- Genetics: Rossana Sanchez Russo, MD
- Neurology: Brian Philbrook, MD; David Wolf, MD, PhD
- Occupational therapy
- Ophthalmology: Hee Joon Kim, MD
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery: Shelly Abramowicz, MD
- Orthopedic surgery: Robert Bruce, MD; Jorge Fabregas, MD; Michael Schmitz, MD
- Orthotics and prosthetics
- Physical therapy
- Pulmonology: Dawn Simon, MD
Our Vascular Anomalies Clinic is location on the sixth floor of the Center for Advanced Pediatrics.
Center for Advanced Pediatrics
1400 Tullie Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329