MORE HONORS FOR CHARLESTON’S DR HOCHMAN New awards give him top positioning

Charleston, SC. September 23: Dr Marcelo Hochman, Medical Director and founder of  Charleston’s Hemangioma International Treatment Center and The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation has been honored by the presentation of a “Best Doctor ‘ Award for the 12th consecutive time. The award, presented by the ‘Best Doctors in America’ Organization, is part of the organization’s dedication to improving the quality of patient care with correct diagnosis and treatment.  The award’s major merit is that it is a reflection of a physician’s standing according to his peers.

“This is an honor that I am proud to accept, today as much as the first time it was presented to me over a decade ago,” said Dr Hochman. This is also recognition for Charleston, which, because our work at the clinic and foundation, is being increasingly recognized as a major international treatment center for hemangiomas, the birthmark and facial lesion condition that affects 400,000 children in the United States each year, and many more around the world.”

The award follows Dr Hochman’s cosmetic surgery practice, The Facial Surgery Center, being placed in the top 1% of the top 10% of 516 practices surveyed by an independent agency on behalf of Allergan, the makers of Botox.

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From Children’s Health “Hemangioma – Ending the Trauma”

( – Recent advances in the treatment of Hemangioma are giving new hope to the parents enduring the shock and despair of discovering that their child is suffering from this condition. Hemangiomas and other vascular anomalies, run the gamut of small, inconsequential marks to life threatening and disfiguring lesions, and over 400,000 children in the United States alone are born with this condition every year.

Better knowledge of the basic biology of Hemangiomas, improvements in technology, improved management of lesions, and more parental awareness gained through the internet are all contributing to changing views on early medical intervention.

Dr Marcelo Hochman is a parent who was dismayed with the discovery of a hemangioma on his infant son’s chest. Though it was ultimately a non-consequential lesion, the lack of information and guidance was the impetus for him to become interested in these children. The conventional wisdom of ‘leave it alone, it will go away’ still perpetuated today in most quarters prompted Dr Hochman to found the Hemangioma International Treatment Center and The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation to deal exclusively with children suffering from hemangiomas and vascular malformations.

In an effort to expand access to those parents unable to afford the cost of medical treatment, Dr Hochman founded The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation in 2003. To date, the foundation has provided care to 110 children who otherwise would not have been treated.. Dr Hochman’s specialization is attracting an increasing number of patients from abroad, including Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica, Peru, China and Turkey, as well as disadvantaged children from the United States. Why girls and low birth weight babies are increasingly affected by this condition is one of the research areas currently being investigated by the foundation.

During the last ten years, Dr Hochman has treated over 1,000 patients. Two examples of the success of his treatment are the young boy with a facial tumor that had grown so large that the boy’s parents had been told by their local hospital that further treatment was not an option and that the child should be taken home to die. This advice was unacceptable to the parents who then found Dr Hochman via the Internet. Through a variety of surgeries and treatments Dr Hochman successfully treated the child who is now vibrant, happy and attending elementary school.

The second example was of a young girl whose hemangioma first appeared as a golf ball sized tumor on the tip of her nose, distorting her appearance. Again, Dr Hochman operated successfully removing the hemangioma. Six years later the child had the self-confidence to enter, and win, the “Little Miss South Carolina” pageant.

Feeling different because of a facial disfigurement can have significant emotional and psychological consequences on a child as they develop their sense of self, especially between the ages of 2-3 years of age. Being singled out by others and not being a welcome part of a group is extremely distressing for the child is internalized as a feeling of ‘there must be something wrong with me’. Likewise, it is heartbreaking for any parent to hear things like. “Why is everyone staring at me?” or “Why won’t anyone play with me? and even ‘What did you do to your child?”

Because of the new environment of early medical intervention fewer children and families will have to experience these feelings in the future.

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As a world-renowned facial plastic surgeon, Marcelo dedicates a large percentage of his time and expertise to giving kids a new life.

We dare you to look at the before-and-after pictures of kids born with disfiguring vascular birthmarks (hemangiomas) and hold back the tears at “Even I have to excuse myself sometimes when the family is in the recovery room, seeing their child’s face for the first time,” says Hochman. And that’s after having done 1,000 of these dramatic procedures. Through his nonprofit, Hemangioma Treatment Foundation, Hochman operates pro-bono on kids from around the world. A Venezuelan who was recruited to MUSC in 1990, Hochman is now in private practice, doing a full range of elective cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

His favorite thing about wearing a skirt: “It shows off my cowboy boots.”

The best thing about reading skirt!: “It puts me back in touch with my feminine side.”


Recognition for Hemangioma Treatment Foundation

Dr. Marcelo Hochman, head of Charleston’s Hemangioma International Treatment Center and founder of The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation has been awarded the prestigious annual AAFPRS Community Service Award. Dr. Hochman is one of the world’s leading doctors in the treatment of hemangiomas and other vascular birthmarks which affects ten percent of all births or approximately 400,000 children a year.

The award was presented to Dr. Hochman in Chicago at the annual conference of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest association of doctors in this field which has over 3,000 members. The AAFPRS Community Service Award is presented each year to the doctor who has distinguished him/herself by “making possible free medical service to the poor in his community.”

Dr. Hochman has established himself as one of the world’s leading doctors dealing with hemangioma. Patients from all over the United States and from many different countries around the world come to his clinic in Charleston, which is increasingly recognized as the destination point for parents seeking reassurances and solutions to the problems of vascular birthmarks with their children, both physical and emotional.

In 2003, Dr. Hochman received a plea from a family who could not find or afford help for their child. Having had his own son afflicted with hemangioma, Dr. Hochman felt something more had to be done for those families unable to pay for proper treatment, so he created The Hemangioma Treatment Center Foundation, one of the first of its kind in the country. Today, the foundation is able to help several families in need receive the treatment their children require each month.

“I was honored to receive this award from my contemporaries,” said, Dr. Marcelo Hochman today. “We are about to initiate more fund raising activities for the foundation in the near future in order to help more parents who have nowhere-else to turn. I am also very pleased to see that Charleston is becoming a recognized center for medical treatment and I am proud to have my clinic as part of that community treating not only patients from the United States, but around the world as well.”

There is no other organization in the world dedicated exclusively to providing charitable treatment to children with vascular birthmarks than The Hemangioma Treatment Center Foundation.

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Low Birth Weight Tied to Rise in Infant Hemangiomas

(HealthDay News) — A rise in the number of low birth weight infants in the United States is a major reason why there’s an increased rate of a common type of birthmark called infantile hemangioma, a new study finds.

“Hemangiomas are benign tumors composed of blood vessels. Our institution has seen a dramatic increase in the number of infants presenting for care with hemangiomas. We believe the results of this study provide an explanation for this emerging pediatric health issue,” study author Dr. Beth Drolet, professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Medical College of Wisconsin and medical director of pediatric dermatology and birthmarks and vascular anomalies clinic at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, said in a college news release.

Being female, white and premature were previously identified as risk factors for hemagniomas, but this study concluded that low birth weight is the most statistically significant risk factor.

“For every 1.1 pound decrease in birth weight, the risk of hemangioma increased by ninefold,” Drolet said.

For this study, the researchers compared 420 children diagnosed with infantile hemangiomas and 353 children less than 2 years old diagnosed with other types of skin anomalies.

Drolet said the “link to low birth weight may explain why physicians believe more infants are developing hemangiomas. Based on low birth weight statistics, we estimate that the incidence of infantile hemangiomas has increased by 40 percent in the last 20 years.”

The researchers noted that 8.2 percent of infants born in the United States in 2005 weighed less than 5.5 pounds, the highest percentage since 1968 and a higher rate than in most industrialized countries. One reason for the rise in low birth weights in the United States may be the 38 percent increase since 1990 of low birth weight in white, non-Hispanic infants.

The study appears in the November issue of theJournal of Pediatrics.

It’s not known what actually causes hemangiomas, which may result in permanent scarring or other medical issues. There are no FDA-approved treatments for the condition.

Discovery Health Channel To Feature Dr. Hochman’s Surgery

Dr. Hochman operated on two children¬†with disfiguring facial tumors at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Chidren’s Hospital. One child had an hemangioma on her eyelid and the other had a large compound parotid hemangioma on her cheek and neck.The broadcast will be shown next January on the popular show, “Plastic Surgery: Before and After