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Vascular anomalies are a heterogeneous group of diseases which occur in up to 8% of the general population and include the common childhood hemangiomas, intermediate and more aggressive malignancies (cancers), and vascular malformations of veins, arteries, capillaries and lymphatics.
In 2008, UNC began a multidisciplinary approach to vascular anomalies for children and adults, and we now have a “clinic without walls” which draws faculty from more than 15 Divisions and Departments (Departments of Anesthesia, Dermatology, Adult Hematology Oncology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Orthopedics, the Divisions of Pediatric Endocrinology, General Pediatrics (Hospitalist team), Genetics, Neonatology, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Pediatric Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Pathology, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Radiology [Vascular Interventional, Neurointerventional and General Radiology]).
Team members work together to optimize care for each patient. This approach, in addition to patient care, has fostered our education and research missions. With our colleagues in the basic sciences at UNC (Departments of Cell Biology and Physiology; Experimental Pathology; Biomedical Engineering), we are working toward a better understanding of and improved treatments for vascular anomalies. We also work closely with other Vascular Anomalies Clinics around the US and Canada.