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Pioneers in the Treatment
of Hemangiomas and
Vascular Malformations
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Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York

The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York was founded by Dr. Milton Waner and Dr. Alejandro Berenstein.

Dr. Waner is an internationally recognized expert and a pioneer in the surgical management of hemangiomas and vascular malformations. His colleague, Dr. Berenstein is a renowned endovascular surgeon who heads the Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai Health System. He is a pioneer in the use of endovascular techniques used to treat vascular malformations. Dr. Waner and Dr. Berenstein have combined their talents and extensive experience to develop new tecniques for the management of some of the most difficult hemangiomas and vascular malformations.

For the past 30 years, Dr. Waner has restricted his practice to the treatment of hemangiomas and vascular malformations. He has accumulated a wealth of experience and we believe that he has performed more surgeries in this field than anyone else. Dr. Waner has developed a unique approach to children and adults with vascular lesions. Dr Waner was the first to recognize the differences between focal and segmental hemangiomas and the first to advocate for early intervention of these lesions. He has published widely in the field of congenital vascular anomalies and his name appears on 140 publications. He has also written and/or edited 3 textbooks in this field.

Dr. Waner has assembled a multidisciplinary team of experts who collaborate to provide optimal individualized care for our patients.

The Vascular Birthmark Institute provides diagnosis and treatment for children and adults suffering from the following conditions:

  • Vascular Tumors
    • Infantile Hemangiomas (most common, aka strawbery hemangiomas)
    • Pyogenic Granuloma
    • Congenital Hemangiomas (RICH, NICH and PICH)
    • Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma
    • Other vascular tumors
  • Vascular Malformations
    • Venous Malformation
    • Arteriovenous Malformation
    • Lymphatic Malformation
    • Capillary Malformation (Port Wine Stain)
    • Mixed Malformations
    • Midline capillary stain (aka Stork bite, Angel’s kiss, midline venular malformation)
  • Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (previously, Osler-Weber-Rendu Syndrome)
  • Other vascular birthmarks
  • Other congenital birthmarks
    • Nevus (pigmented and nonpigmented)
    • Congenital lipomatosis
    • Neurofibromatosis
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The Vascular Birthmark Institute provides diagnosis and treatment for children and
adults suffering from the following conditions:
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The physicians at the Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York believe that effective treatment starts with an accurate diagnosis. Our doctors have earned a reputation as the go-to clinic for difficult cases, especially those that have been misdiagnosed in the past and patients who have not been able to find an effective treatment for their condition.

Recent developments in the field of congenital vascular malformations have shown that a multidisciplinary approach to treatment is often necessary to achieve the best results. Our physicians meet frequently to discuss patients’ management and will ensure that the patient is referred to the correct physician. All our physicians are considered world experts. Dr. Waner is considered a world authority in hemangiomas and vascular malformations and has remained at the forefront of his field for many years. If you or a loved one has been suffering from a hemangioma or malformation and you are looking for an experienced physician that can help, we believe that our doctors provide skill and experience for a favorable outcome.

Our mission is to continue to provide world-class state of the art care in the diagnosis, treatment, management, and research of all vascular birthmarks. We are engaged in research and publish state-of-the-art research frequently. For a bibliography of recent and important articles published by some of our physicians please click here.

In The News

  • May 6, 2020

    How Toddler’s Life Was Saved by Having Facial Tumor Removed

  • May 13, 2019 -

    Student, 37, whose port wine stain caused her to be confused for an ACID-ATTACK victim hopes to settle down after ‘life-changing’ surgery

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  • May 10, 2019 -

    Nursing student born with massive birthmark caused by rare disorder undergoes life-changing surgery

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  • April 16, 2019

    We are in the “Just Like You – Facial Anomalies” Movie

    Just Like You - Facial Anomalies Movie

  • February 20, 2019

    Boy with ballooned lip gets miracle surgery

  • February 5, 2019

    Queens toddler makes remarkable recovery | Northwell Health

What Our Patients Says

Vascular Birthmark Institute

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 5 reviews

Ellahe H.

A little story about my birthmark is published in different websites like the UK daily mail and foxnews. As I am reading the story and looking back at the photos I cannot do anything, but thinking of how wonderful and amazing you are. Thank you so much for saving my face and life. I greatly appreciate it. There are lots of comments praising the surgeon who did it. Thanks a million.

Raluca Z.

I had a huge AVM at my upper lip and let me tell you GOD performed a mirracle through Dr. Milton Waner and his team. Not only do they heal you physically but the team mends your soul as well through kindness and empathy. I found the Institute online and I was in touch with the Doctor's PA all the time. The team helped me with the paperwork, suggesting a place to stay, walked me through the procedure, etc. and a few months later I flew in for a surgery. (12000km) The recovery was very fast and the team made sure I was comfortable and well all the time. I've had a lot of experience with surgeries (8) but this one was a smooth one. I highly recommend them!

Mindy L.

It has been over two and a half years since you removed my son’s hemangioma and there is rarely a day that goes by that I don’t think about the great care you gave us and how you provided firm answers during a time when we were faced with nothing but questions. After our first visit with you when Evan was three months old, I walked away knowing we were in good hands. Three months later, I held my baby as he received his anesthesia and I clearly remember walking out of the operating room knowing I had found the best team in the world to care for him. I recently visited your Web site and I was once again astounded and grateful for the work that you do. You did such an amazing job removing Evan’s hemangioma and the scar he has is barely visible. You are all such wonderful people and making a difference in the lives of so many people. Thank you for all you are doing. I wanted to share some pictures of Evan with you-please feel free to use them in any way that can help other families or showcase your work. There is a picture of Evan at three months, pre-surgery at six months, immediately post surgery with Dr. Waner, two days post surgery and then today–Evan at three years old.

Scott & Lepa M.

Before meeting Dr. Waner, we had to deal with conflicting information from physicians who had limited experience with extensive segmental hemangiomas. We sat by helplessly as Doctor’s scratched their heads at our daughter’s condition, and said over and over, “we’ve never seen anything quite like this”. Dr.Waner is so calm, encouraging, confident and experienced that after five minutes with him we had more hope and direction than all the months prior. When we visited Dr. Waner’s office as well as the surgical floor of the hospital in NYC, we felt like we were finally at the place where we could get the optimal care for our daughter. Dr. Waner deals with the most severe and complicated vascular malformation cases, and his experience alone is one of his greatest assets. He is so humble, caring and considerate of the plight of the children with whom he works and genuinely exhibits compassion for each and every one of his patients. We feel like he treats our daughter with such attentive and professional care that we never leave a meeting with him feeling unsure or worried. He has encouraged us throughout our daughter’s transformation that she would ultimately have the best outcomes possible. That has meant more to us than words could ever say. His approach to treatment is so effective that a patient who begins in his care, and then ends in it, comes out with minimal permanent damage both physically, emotionally and psychologically. I wish we could have come to him sooner than we did, then maybe our daughter would not have had her left facial nerve paralyzed with previous procedures. Read full history

Sherri F.

When Rachel was born we noticed some bruise-like markings on her face, but we were primarily concerned about her ear – the top portion of her ear was nearly black in color and was very limp and flat. Little did we know what our journey was just beginning. From there, things went from bad to worse – the first doctor to address her “bruising” entered my room in the hospital and woke me from a nap with the words “Your daughter’s markings are not bruising. It is a port wine stain and based on the location she is going to have severe brain damage and must have a CT scan right away.” I was alone, had just given birth and I was terrified. Then, I had to call my husband on the phone and break his heart too. I immediately dismissed the doctor from my room and called the nursery for Rachel. I just wanted to hold her. As her mother, it is my job to protect her and keep her safe, and all my illusions about my power to do so were crushed. We were not event considering the social impact of her condition. Then, at her two week check-up at the pediatrician I was approached by a young boy. He ran to me and said “Miss, miss, do you need help? Is the baby bleeding?” He could see the hemangiomas from far away, and noticed I was crying and thought I needed help. He was not being hateful, but his statements were so hurtful. I could not believe that this is the way the world sees my beautiful new baby... Read full history

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