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A Foundation in Vascular Anomalies (FVA)

A Foundation in Vascular Anomalies is the first-ever online course covering the fundamental principles for the diagnosis, classification, and treatment of vascular anomalies.

Course Overview

A Foundation in Vascular Anomalies is designed to provide individuals, families, physicians and related specialists with a general understanding of vascular anomalies, their multidisciplinary nature, and the latest in treatment options. The focus of this course is to provide a basic understanding of these often-complex lesions. It includes a reference to patients from infancy through adulthood.

The FVA Full 16 Course Program is multidisciplinary and includes 16 learning courses from experts in the following medical disciplines: Radiology, Neurology, Dermatology, Surgery, Hematology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Psychology, Genetics, and Orthopedics.

Learners who are seeking marketable micro certification through our VBF Educate Certificate have 1-year from the date of purchase to complete the full 16-course program. For each course, learners must pass the post-course assessment with a score of at least 70% and may take the quiz multiple times if needed. Completion certificates will be generated for each of the 16 sub-speciality courses after the learner successfully completes the unit quiz in each course.

Specialties and Topics: A Foundation in Vascular Anomalies includes the following 16 modules:

Foundation in Vascular Anomalies

Curriculum Modules with Content Overview

SpecialtyTopicContent OverviewAuthor
Overview / Orientation
History and Classification of Vascular AnomaliesHistorical overview of vascular anomalies and new ISSVA classificationDr Francine Blei
Radiology/KTS Expert
Diagnosis and Treatment of KTS Adults PatientsGenesis of KTS from infancy through adulthood with significance of treating the adult patientDr. Patricia Burrows
Radiology – Head and Neck
Imaging and Diagnostics of Head and Neck Vascular AnomaliesDifferentiating vascular anomalies and complexity of structural involvement via imaging studies (head and neck)Dr. Anton Hasso
Neuro-Interventional Radiology
Neuro-Interventional Radiologic Management of Vascular AnomaliesRole of endovascular surgery in treating vascular anomalies (head and neck) Dr. Alejandro Berenstein
Radiology – Extremities
Interventional Radiologic Management of Vascular Anomalies of the ExtremitiesOverview of how IR is used for treating vascular anomalies as well as current devices and agents (extremities and visceral)Dr. Robert Rosen
Dental and Oral Issues in Adults with Vascular AnomaliesPresentation/significance for early intervention with problems associated with adults not treated earlyDr. David Darrow
Surgical Management of Vascular Malformations of the Head and NeckProgression of vascular malformations throughout life with a focus on early intervention and problems associated with delaying treatmentDr. Milton Waner
Surgical Management of Visceral and Extremity Vascular Anomalies Infancy through adulthood: Surgically managing the patient with visceral and extremity vascular anomaliesDr. Stephen Fishman
Orthopedic Management of Vascular AnomaliesGenesis of orthopedic vascular anomalies in associated syndromes and need for early interventionDr. Terry Amarol
Neurology/SWS Expert
Diagnosis and Management of SWS in AdultsDiagnosis/management of SWS from infancy through adulthood with current trends in adult onset symptomsDr. Ann Comi
Laser Expert 2
Dynamics of Laser TherapyOverview of photodynamic therapy with selection of appropriate systems/settings for maximum clearance of Dr. Stuart Nelson
Treatment of Cutaneous Vascular Anomalies with Laser TherapySignificance of treating in infancy and problematic outcomes for adults not treated earlyDr. Roy Geronemus
Histopathology of Vascular AnomaliesCombining clinical, pathogenesis, and histologic Dr. Martin Mihm
The Genetics of Vascular AnomaliesGenetic factors and their role in the pathogenesis of vascular anomaliesDr. John Pappas
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ob/Gyn Management of Vascular Anomalies Hormonal and Ob/Gyn implications for females with vascular anomalies (puberty, pregnancy, and menopause) Dr. Andrei Rebarber
Psychosocial Implications in Adults With Vascular AnomaliesFrom childhood to adulthood: The psychosocial implications for living with a vascular anomalyLeslie Graff, MS

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A Foundation in Vascular Anomalies emphasizes a general understanding of vascular anomalies and includes content from experts concerning their experience with these frequently misdiagnosed and often misunderstood lesions. The lack of uniformity of knowledge concerning vascular anomalies continues to result in misdiagnosis and late referrals for intervention. Since no one medical discipline is responsible for the oversight of vascular anomalies and because these lesions affect every area of the human body, the topic necessitates baseline knowledge where physicians and specialists from all disciplines can speak the same language in order to facilitate the most favorable outcome for the patient.
The backbone of this course is the general content within each medical discipline along with related cases studies which embody important clinical and diagnostic features. This combined approach of case studies and summary notes (power point content) along with descriptive media provides a maximum learning environment for an on-line course of this nature.


The recommended prerequisites are medical students, physicians, scientists, researchers, educators, physician assistants, and/or other related specialists interested in this topic. Individuals and families are also welcome to take the course for more advanced medical knowledge of vascular anomalies so they can raise awareness and support themselves or a loved one.


There are 16 courses that comprise the Foundation in Vascular Anomalies Full Program. Each course is stand alone, so you do not have to complete the courses in a specific sequence. We are estimating that it should take approximately one hour to complete each course.

At the end of each course is a multiple-choice knowledge assessment quiz. Learners must pass the post-course assessment with a score of at least 70% to earn a certificate and may take the quiz multiple times if needed. You may log-in and out of the course as your time permits. A certificate of completion for each course will be generated for learners after they successfully complete the post-course assessment. Learners may earn up to 16 certificates upon completion of the full 16 course program.