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J. Stuart Nelson

J. Stuart Nelson, M.D, Ph.D

Dr. J. Stuart Nelson, is Medical Director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, and Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California Irvine Medical Center. He is also the Director of the Vascular Birthmarks and Malformations Diagnostic and Treatment Center. Dr. Nelson’s university-based clinical practice and research combines his expertise in engineering, optics, medicine, and surgery.
In addition to Dr. Nelson’s faculty, research, teaching, and clinical responsibilities, he developed the “Dynamic Cooling Device” which, in conjunction with pulsed dye laser technology, has become the standard of care for the treatment of cutaneous vascular malformations. Worldwide, this methodology developed has now been incorporated into more than 25,000 laser devices. Dr. Nelson has published more than 340 scientific articles and 15 book chapters. He served as President of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) 2001-2002 and Editor-in-Chief of the ASLMS journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 2005-2015.

Roy G. Geronemus

Roy G. Geronemus, MD, Director, Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York

Roy G. Geronemus, M.D., Director of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York®, graduated from Harvard University and pursued his medical education at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He trained in dermatology at the New York University Medical Center where he was the chief resident and subsequently underwent a fellowship training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.

He is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center where he founded its laser program and served nine years as chief of dermatologic and laser surgery. He is past president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. Dr. Geronemus is the Chairman of the Board of the New York Stem Cell Foundation.

Among several honors and awards, he has received the Physician of the Year honor from the Vascular Birthmark Foundation which also awarded him their Humanitarian Award in 2014.

Dr. Geronemus has published over 240 medical articles, chapters, and books. He has been involved with the development of multiple new laser systems and therapeutic techniques which are now commonly used throughout the world.

Linda Rozell-Shannon

Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD, President/Founder

Dr. Linda is the President and Founder of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF). She founded VBF because her own daughter, Christine, was born in 1994, with a hemangioma. She became a medical nomad wandering from doctor to doctor, state to state, to find answers. That was when Dr. Linda realized that there was a void that needed to be filled. In addition to founding VBF, she also pursued a PhD in Education with a dissertation that focused on the stress mothers experience from having a child with a facial hemangioma. She completed her PhD in 2008. She has co-authored two books on the subject, numerous medical journals, and chapters in medical textbooks. She also established the VBF iTeam (an international team of experts that she assembles to travel around the world and educate physicians regarding the diagnosis and treatment of vascular anomalies). In 2015 she pursued a grant to assemble the leading team of experts regarding vascular anomalies together to create the first ever comprehensive on-line course in vascular anomalies. This module is one component of the course you know as “A Foundation in Vascular Anomalies.”

Leslie M.W. Graff

Leslie M.W. Graff, MS, CCLS

Psychosocial and Developmental Expert
Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Leslie Graff holds a masters degree in Human Development from Brigham Young University. She completed her Child Life training at Johns Hopkins and has worked as Child Life Specialist at UCSF. She has taught at BYU and Ohlone College. She has written undergraduate curricula in Child Life. Leslie been involved with international medical missions and education for more than 15 years. She is on the expert panel of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation and serves as its Psychosocial and Developmental Expert.

Francine Blei

Francine Blei, MD, MBA

Dr. Blei is Board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. Her clinical practice is limited to vascular anomalies (prenatal to adult): patients with hemangiomas, vascular malformations, Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma, lymphedema, and many syndrome-associated vascular anomalies. She has worked in a laboratory studying the molecular mechanisms of endothelial cells.

Dr. Blei has co-authored many original articles, reviews, textbook chapters, is the Associate Editor of the journal, and Section Editor for Vascular Anomalies of Lymphatic Research and Biology and co-author of“100 Questions and Answers About Vascular Anomalies,” a practical guide for patients, families, and physicians. She is currently the Scientific Chair of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA).