Vascular Anomalies Center | VAC Conference

VAC Conference

Conference review update as of March 16, 2020: Corona Virus:

Due to the Corona Virus health concerns, we will need to extend the restrictions on VAC conference review to emergency cases only through April 30, 2020. Also due to the Corona Virus, administrative staff will not be in the office. Staff will be retrieving voicemail and emails throughout the business day. It is very important that patient medical information be emailed and not mailed to the VAC office as staff will not have access to the Boston Children’s Hospital Internal mail system. Please email all information to vascular@childrens.harvard.edu. For all imaging, once we receive your on-line request, one of our administrative staff will send you a link to upload the patient imaging. Patient Imaging must be uploaded, we cannot accept any CD’s at this time.

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 April. We understand and regret this temporary inconvenience and remain committed to supporting the best possible care to all patients with vascular anomalies.

The Vascular Anomalies Center's team of physicians—drawn from over 17 different medical and surgical specialties at Boston Children's Hospital—meets each week to review medical histories, photographs, radiographic images and pathology slides sent in by referring physicians or families from across the United States and around the globe.

Based on this information, the team provides diagnoses and treatment recommendations, and answers specific questions posed to them by physicians and families, without the patient having to travel to Boston. In some cases, we may be able to recommend treatments that can be done locally. In other cases, we may recommend you or your child travel to Boston for further evaluation or treatments that are best done by an experienced vascular anomalies center.

The large volume of patients seen and reviewed each year in the VAC conference contributes to our team's expertise and familiarity with the wide spectrum of vascular anomalies, from common hemangiomas to very rare malformations affecting multiple body systems, and our ability to recognize patterns and conditions others may not be familiar with. We can recommend the latest treatment options to treat you or your child’s symptoms.

In addition, the VAC Conference serves as a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration and dissemination of information among clinicians and researchers, that lead to new insights that may allow us to identify a new condition or a new therapy for treating a known condition.

To submit a case for review in conference, please:

Due to the high volume of requests for case reviews and urgent consults, the wait time for a case to be reviewed at the VAC Conference is typically between nine to12 weeks from when complete medical records are received.