The Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Program at Cincinnati Children’s is one of the largest multidisciplinary centers in the country for vascular anomalies (blood vessels that have developed abnormally). We follow over 5,000 patients and see about 600 new patients each year. Both national and international cases as well as children and adults of all ages are treated in the clinic.
The program is a partnership between the Cincinnati Children’s Department of Surgery and the Division of Hematology / Oncology. Our multidisciplinary team specializes in establishing an accurate diagnosis, which can be challenging in these complex conditions but is essential to developing the most effective treatment plan possible.
Once a diagnosis is established, physicians from a variety of disciplines work closely to treat the vascular anomaly. This team may include surgeons, cardiologists, dermatologists, pathologists and interventional radiologists, depending on the diagnosis and location of the anomaly. Each specialist has an in-depth understanding of the complex problems associated with these conditions, and the team is known for its highly collaborative efforts − an important factor in successful treatment. The team comes together each week to discuss treatment options, patient history and imaging, and conducts a total of six interdisciplinary clinics each month (four at the Burnet Campus and two at the Liberty Campus).
The program offers treatment options not widely available at other centers. We are a leader in developing new clinical trials to improve the standard of care for the most difficult conditions. In fact, we are one of only a few programs in the nation to offer new treatments through clinical trials for patients with vascular anomalies.
In addition to offering accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, we follow short- and long-term outcomes to improve care over time. We are part of the Disease Specific Innovation and Outcome Program (DSIOP) in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, which establishes new standards of practice, based on a thorough examination of past treatment results.
Cincinnati Children’s provides extensive resources to diagnose and treat hemangiomas, other rare vascular tumors, vascular malformations, and lymphatic malformations. Our team stays in close contact with each family’s referring physician to ensure that patients receive coordinated care.