Vascular Anomalies Center

Temporary change in review criteria starting now until March 30, 2020:

Due to a recent spike in requests for conference review, we need to temporarily restrict VAC review to emergency cases. From now through March 30, 2020, our team will review only cases of patients who are hospitalized or need an immediate diagnosis or evaluation. We hope to be able to resume our usual intake process by the end of March. We understand and regret this temporary inconvenience and remain committed to supporting the best possible care to all patients with vascular anomalies.

Welcome to the Vascular Anomalies Center (VAC) at Boston Children’s Hospital. The VAC is an interdisciplinary team of experts that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care of patients with vascular anomalies. Vascular anomalies are vessel abnormalities that can affect the capillaries, veins, arteries and lymphatics, either individually or in combination. 

Vascular anomalies are classified broadly into two groups:

Depth of Experience

Boston Children’s Hospital VAC is regarded as the premier center in the world for these disorders. Many of the physicians are internationally renowned for their expertise and innovations in this highly specialized field. Our clinical team has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular anomalies and provides care to more than 2000 patients every year with a variety of these disorders from simple tumors and malformations to the most rare and complex syndromes.

Approach to patient care

The VAC takes an interdisciplinary approach to patient care, meaning clinicians from many different specialties, all with expertise in treating vascular anomalies and the symptoms your child has, will see or discuss your child together so they can have an immediate back and forth interchange and bring all perspectives to diagnose your child and develop a coordinated care plan. The VAC offers a wide range of services for patients of all ages with vascular anomalies and their families, including:

  • comprehensive consultation services for physicians, patients and families worldwide, including referrals to local physicians and facilities when appropriate.
  • the latest diagnostic and treatment approaches, many of which were pioneered by our staff
  • clinical evaluation in the interdisciplinary VAC clinic or VAC nurse practitioner clinic
  • review in the weekly interdisciplinary VAC clinical conference
  • access to investigational drug therapy
  • basic and clinical research aimed at improving the care of patients with these disorders as well as developing new, more effective therapies
  • extensive information about educational organizations, support and networking groups and other patient and family resources