Dr. Hochman Hosts 7th Annual Hemangioma Educational Symposium

Dr. Hochman, The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation and the Hemangioma and Malformations Treatment Center will host the 7th annual major medical educational symposium on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 in the beautiful city of Charleston, SC.

The symposium provides updated clinically relevant information on hemangiomas and vascular malformations and their treatment to general practice physicians, dermatologists and pediatricians. He will lead a distinguished group of invited speakers in presentations and discussions.  The goal is to bring up-to-date knowledge and experience with case histories to physicians who treat these children who can suffer serious psychological issues and bring considerable anguish to the parents.

This event is FREE to doctors who also earn CME credits for attending. If you are interested in participating, please call 843.571.4742 or email Manager@FacialSurgeryCenter.com.

Don’t miss out on this FREE symposium which will benefit your clinical practice and the children you serve.

5th Annual Medical Educational Symposium

Dr. Marcelo Hochman, The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation (THTF), and The Hemangioma and Malformations Treatment Center will  host his fifth annual free medical symposium on hemangioma, vascular malformations and related syndromes on May 31. He is bringing together nationally renowned invited physicians to present a medical seminar on the current approaches in the care and management of vascular anomalies. The experts are from Baylor Hospital in Houston, Boston Childrens’ Hospital, Cincinnati Childrens’ Hospital and The Medical University of SC. This will be a great opportunity for front line physicians to gain information they can use on a daily basis in their practices.

The event is targeted to pediatricians, family practice doctors and dermatologists. The goal is to bring up-to-date knowledge and experience with case histories to physicians who treat these children who can suffer serious psychological issues and bring considerable anguish to the parents.


Dr. Hochman is the Guest Editor of the December 2012 issue of Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Hochman is the Guest Editor of the December 2012 issue of Facial Plastic Surgery, Official Journal of European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, on “Management of Facial Vascular Anomalies” and co-author of “Pathogenesis of Infantile Hemangioma”.

In the first article he writes, “Vascular tumors are the most common of the vascular anomalies affecting children. The management of these neoplasms has changed over the years as our knowledge of their pathophysiology has increased, available technology has evolved, and our clinical experience has widened. Medical, laser, and surgical therapies are used concurrently
to treat these tumors…”

In the second article he writes, “Cutaneous vascular anomalies are congenital disorders of abnormal vascular development and growth. Infantile hemangioma is a common type of vascular anomalies characterized by the abnormal growth of blood vessels in the early proliferative phase, followed by the gradual spontaneous regression of the lesion in the involuting phase.
Over the past decade, significant advances have been made in our understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that control the development, growth, and regression of infantile hemangioma. In this article, we present a comprehensive review of the current knowledge of the pathogenesis of hemangioma as well as promising research horizons and implications for new therapeutic advances…”

The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation and Dr. Hochman To Hold 3rd Annual Educational Symposium

Save the Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011
8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Irene Dixon Auditorium at St. Francis Roper Hospital
Charleston, SC

“Leave it alone, it will go away,” is not universally acceptable advice fo the management of hemangiomas and malformations in 2011. Join us for our third annual FREE symposium. Open to primary care physicians, dermatologists and pediatricians. Register to attend by visiting The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation’s website at www.HemangiomaTreatment.org

400,000 children are born each year in the US with a vascular anomoly, you need to learn the contemporary management relevant to your primary care practice.

The Facial Surgery Center of Charleston, SC Receives AAAHC Accreditation

The Facial Surgery Center has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association). Accreditation distinguishes this surgical center from many other outpatient surgical facilities by providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of care to its patients. Status as an accredited organization means The Facial Surgery Center has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care, set by the Accreditation Association.

Almost 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all undergoing the on-site survey are granted accreditation.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” stated Helen Turnage, Manager of The Facial Surgery Center. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that the AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means that we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest care possible.”

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by the Accreditation Association’s expert surveyors – volunteer physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help and organization improve its care and services.

“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to our patients and the quality of care we provide,” said Turnage.

Cowboy Couture 2010

September 30, 2010

Y’all come on down to Memminger Auditorium for our

6th Annual Cowboy Couture Event
rated “Best Bet 2010 Fun-Raiser” by Charleston Magazine

You won’t believe all the¬†great¬†vittles and¬†down home fun, fantastic auction items you don’t want to miss, then dancing til your boots fall off!

Cowpokes and cowgirls are encouraged to break out their boots and elegant western duds for this star studded event.  The evening begins with cocktails and great specialty drinks from the saloon.

Guests will enjoy a five-star meal¬†prepared by Charleston’s Iverson Catering which is nationally recognized as one of America‚Äôs premier caterers. In magical surroundings¬†the eclectic bluegrass sounds of the Carolina Chocolate Drops will delight during dinner.¬†The Drops were a sell-out hit at the 2010 Spoleto Finale and fans are delighted by their return for a great cause.¬†Then our cowpokes and their ladies will settle in for an auction shoot out.¬† Auction items include great get-a-way trips to the mountains, Bahamas and exclusive resorts like the Casa Suenos.¬† The fundraising efforts will¬†include a¬†grand prize drawing for the lucky guests who purchase a “golden nugget”.

The evening then shifts into high gear as The MAXX, Atlanta’s hottest party band, takes the stage for a two hour run that will keep¬†our pardners¬†on the dance floor¬†stomping their boots until midnight.

All of the night’s proceeds benefit the Hemangioma Treatment Foundation which provides surgery and treatment to children with¬†vascular tumors.

Individual tickets are $150 per person
$300 provides laser treatment for a child.

A table of eight is $1200
(please give us your table mates’ names for check-in)
That $1200 provides minor surgery for one child.

A $3500 table for eight, provides you special seating and recognition

That $3500 provides more extensive surgery, travel and accommodations for one child flying in from another country.

A Benefactor’s Table of eight is $5000, giving you “best¬†in house seating”, your own private concierge to fill all of your needs that evening, acknowledgement in the gala program and on our website and newsletter. That $5000 provides surgery and follow-up care for children with complex tumors which require removal in the US.

A $7500 donation for table of eight gives you “best in house seating”, a private concierge, acknowledgement of your gift and a DVD of the trip
The $7500 underwrites the cost of sending a surgical team with Dr. Hochman outside the U.S. to treat children (usually 20 to 30) in a traditionally poor country with limited medical care.

A $10,000 donation gives your table of eight “best in house seating”, a private concierge, acknowledgement of your gift and luncheon date to meet the sponsored doctor.
The $10,000 provides two months of training and lodging for doctors to travel to Charleston and study at the Hemangioma Treatment Center, expanding the Foundation’s ability to serve more children in more countries.

All can be purchased on line at www.HemangiomaTreatment.org
or by calling (843) 647-8662

Keep your eyes open for more information down the road a piece. You’re gonna love it and help our children live better lives with Dr. Hochman’s expertise and friends of The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation.

Post and Courier: Focus to Find a Cure

From a medical standpoint, it’s a common benign tumor, but the damage to the patient is emotional and can last a lifetime.
Hemangiomas, aka “vascular anomalies,” can develop in the days and months after birth. One in 10 babies has a vascular anomaly and 80 percent of the tumors occur on the face.

Read more here…

Dr. Hochman and His Team Return to Manila, Phillipines

The Vascular Birthmarks Program– Philippines was successfully launched at Makati Medical Center on June 26, 2008 with the assistance of Dr. Hochman and Dr. Deveikis. The doctors are returning to the National Children’s Hospital on June 11 this summer for a week to continue their work of educating physicians about vascular anomalies, evaluating¬†and treating several of the children from the area with physicians attending and learning. Through an alliance of the Rotary Club of Makati West (‚ÄúRCMW‚Äù), the Makati Medical Center (‚ÄúMMC‚Äù), the GMA Kapuso Foundation (‚ÄúKapuso‚Äù), and The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation of Charleston, South Carolina (‚ÄúTHTF‚Äù), the mission of the Program is to contribute towards the treatment of hemangiomas and other vascular birthmarks and malformations in Filipino children and young adults who are unable to afford such treatment, as well as to educate and train local physicians in the regular monitoring, counseling, and treatment of these afflictions.

Ezekiel in the photos below was one of Dr. Hochman’s patients on that visit and¬†was shown in a broadcast about birthmarks on GMA News in the Philippines. Angelina (right) is also from the Phillipines. Her parents were told to leave the tumor alone and it would go away. They waited for years. Dr. Hochman removed the tumor but she will need more surgery in the future.

Dr. Hochman To Hold Physicians’ Symposium

As part of the mission of THTF, Dr. Hochman wants to educate as many physicians as possible, primarily pediatricians and internists, about the various treatment options available for vascular anomalies. “There is still much conventional medical wisdom which says that hemangiomas in children will go away if left without treatment,” says Dr Hochman. “We are opposed to this view and have considerable medical evidence to demonstrate how successful clinical and laser surgery can be in treating patients. A child with a serious hemangioma can suffer tremendous psychological problems and bring considerable anguish to the parents. Our symposium is to bring up-to-date knowledge and experience with case histories to physicians who deal with children.”

In addition to Dr. Hochman, there will be guest speakers from South and North Carolina who are leading researchers of vascular anomalies to elaborate on the subject as well. The objective is to eventually prevent as many of these childhood anomalies as possible with early treatment.

The Vascular Anomolies Symposium will be held on Saturday, June 5 at Roper St. Francis Hospital in Charleston.

Hemangioma Story Continues to Run

Visit this link to view the ABC KFSN-TV broadcast

New Options for Childhood Birthmarks

KFSN-TV [ABC 30]  Television Website FRESNO-VISALIA, CA

View Hemangiomas are one of the most common birthmarks in babies, occurring in up to 10 percent of births. In more than 80 percent of cases, they’re in visible areas like the face and neck. The prevailing medical advice used to be “leave it alone, it will go away.”

Now, doctors are taking a more proactive approach in tackling a birthmark before a child is even aware they have one. Little Ainsley Tate is the light of her mother’s life. “A child’s love is just so innocent, Virginia Tate, Ainsley’s mother, tells Ivanhoe. But just after she was born, elation turned to worry. Virginia noticed a small red mark on her daughter’s face.

A couple months later, it had grown into a large bump. “Of course, I started thinking like a tumor or something, Virginia said. It was a tumor, a hemangioma or vascular birthmark. It wasn’t cancerous, but Virginia was worried it could still affect her daughter’s life. “Whenever we would walk through the stores, little kids would go, ‘Mommy, what’s wrong with her? Virginia explains. Most hemangiomas grow for up to a year. All will regress, which is why many doctors say if you leave them alone, they’ll go away. But regression can be slow, and for most patients, the tumor doesn’t completely disappear.

“So, you ended up and still end up with children waiting years with these large, bulky lesions, Marcelo Hochman, M.D. a facial plastic surgeon at HemangiomaInternational Treatment Center/Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, South Carolina explains. While some doctors hesitate to operate on hemangiomas, Dr. Hochman is taking a more aggressive approach. “We just remove them, Dr. Hochmansaid. After putting her under anesthesia, he surgically removed Ainsley’s birthmark. Dr. Hochman also removes hemangiomas using lasers. “What you’ll see is a bright light and then sort of a puff of cold air or sort of a cloud, Dr. Hochman explains. Results can be life changing like with little Emma, found in an orphanage in china and deemed unadoptable. “The greatest thing of all this is that she actually was adopted, Dr. Hochman said. Ainsley hasn’t skipped a beat. Changing care and giving hope. Some doctors believe hemangiomas are caused when cells from the placenta get lodged into the baby and grow. The vascular birthmarks are 3-5 times more common in females, especially those with fair skin. They occur less frequently in African American babies.