Vascular Anomalies Center | VAC Conference

VAC Conference

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.

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.