Birthmarks & Vascular Anomalies Center

The UCSF Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center was founded in 1991. Since then, we have provided state-of-the-art, highly specialized care for all types of vascular birthmarks and anomalies, from the most common to the rare and complex.

Our team includes specialists from many different areas of medicine, including dermatology, otolaryngology, neuroradiology, orthopedics, plastic surgery and hematology-oncology. Together, we have dozens of years of cumulative experience treating children and adults with these conditions. We collaborate closely on each case, making sure our patients receive the best, most comprehensive care possible.

Our center was the first on the West Coast to specialize in the treatment of birthmarks and vascular anomalies. Patients are referred to us from all over the Western U.S., and occasionally from abroad.

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Conditions We Treat

We provide comprehensive care to children with:

  • Vascular growths such as hemangiomas and other vascular tumors.
  • Vascular malformations, including venous, lymphatic, arteriovenous and mixed malformations. This includes patients with Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome as well as those diagnosed with lymphangioma, cavernous hemangioma, glomangioma, Proteus Syndrome and other vascular anomalies.

Our Treatment Philosophy

We believe strongly in providing a comprehensive evaluation to all of our patients. Nearly 15 percent of our patients come to us with an incorrect diagnosis, and most have not yet been diagnosed. Receiving the correct diagnosis is key to getting the right treatment from the right team of specialists.

Many of our patients have chronic conditions that cannot be cured. In these cases, we focus on relieving their most troublesome symptoms. We avoid treatments just for the sake of "doing something," as all treatments carry a risk of side effects.

The treatments we offer include excisional surgery, laser surgery, embolization and sclerotherapy, and anticoagulation therapy. We also provide supportive measures such as compressive garments, lymphedema care and physical therapy.

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Getting Here

Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5B
San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 353-7823
Fax: (415) 353-7478

Hours: First and third Friday of the month, 8 a.m. – noon


Parking at Mission Bay

Public parking options at UCSF's Mission Bay campus include:

Weekdays: $3.75/hour
Daily Maximum: $30/day

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Public Transportation

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • 22
  • 55
  • T-Third Street line

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(415) 673-6864 (MUNI)
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UCSF Shuttles

Free UCSF shuttles connect the Mission Bay campus with our Mount Zion and Parnassus campuses as well as other UCSF locations and the 16th Street BART station.

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Shuttle hotline: (415) 476-4646 (GOGO)

First Appointments

Request an Appointment

We do not require a referral to make an appointment. To make an appointment, please contact:

Karen Bell
Clinical Coordinator
Phone: (415) 353-7823
Fax: (415) 353-7478

What to Expect

Once you have made an appointment, a letter will be sent to you describing what to expect during your visit and everything you need to prepare in advance.

Before your visit, please be sure you:

  • Have all necessary referrals and health insurance authorizations sent to our office at least two weeks before your visit.
  • Have all medical reports related to your child's condition sent to us at least four weeks before your appointment. These may include pathology reports and reports from previous surgeries, treatments and hospitalizations related to your child's condition.
  • Gather all relevant imaging films to bring with you to the visit. These may include CT scans, MRIs and MRAs.
  • Prepare to bring snacks, reading materials and toys to keep your child occupied. The visit will take all morning and may involve some waiting.
  • Our mailing address is:

    Karen Bell
    UCSF BVAC, Box #4074
    1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94143 (regular mail) or 94158 (for FedEx or one-day delivery)

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Our Team

Ilona Frieden
Ilona Frieden, MD
Pediatric dermatologist
Daniel Cooke
Daniel Cooke, MD
Neurointerventional radiologist
Kelly M. Cordoro
Kelly M. Cordoro, MD
Pediatric dermatologist
Josephine Czechowicz
Josephine Czechowicz, MD
Pediatric otolaryngologist
Christopher Dowd
Christopher Dowd, MD
Neurointerventional radiologist
Christopher Hess
William Hoffman
William Hoffman, MD
Plastic and reconstructive surgeon
Erin Mathes
Erin Mathes, MD
Pediatric dermatologist
Isaac Neuhaus
Isaac Neuhaus, MD
Dermatologic surgeon
Jason H. Pomerantz
Jason H. Pomerantz, MD
Plastic and reconstructive surgeon
Kristina W. Rosbe
Kristina W. Rosbe, MD
Head and neck surgeon
Coleen Sabatini
Coleen Sabatini, MD, MPH
Pediatric orthopedic surgeon
Sonal Shah
Sonal Shah, MD
Pediatric dermatologist
Kristin Shimano
Kristin Shimano, MD
Pediatric hematologist and oncologist