Marcelo Hochman, MD FACS is the Founder and Medical Director of the Hemangioma International Treatment Center (www.HemangiomaTreatment.com) and The Facial Surgery Center (www.FacialSurgeryCenter.com), both private practices headquartered in Charleston, SC. Additionally, he is the director of The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation created by him to provide treatment for children who are affected by hemangiomas and other vascular birthmarks who can either not afford the treatments or do not have access to treatment in their communities and to educate physicians in the management of these lesions; (www.HemangiomaTreatment.org).

Dr. Hochman is double board certified in Head/Neck Surgery (Stanford Medical Center) and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Washington University Medical Center and Arkansas Children’s Hospital). He has extensive experience in the management of vascular birthmarks and is recognized by his peers as a leader in the field. He has continuously been listed in “The Best Doctors in America” for more than a decade and recently listed in “America’s Top Surgeons” in facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Hochman recently received the coveted “Order of The Palmetto” from South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford which is the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the State for outstanding service. He is the editor/author of many publications including the Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America’s “Vascular Birthmarks of the Head and Neck” and Journal of the American Medical Association’s Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, “Evolving Trends in the Treatment of Vascular Birthmarks”.

The doctor has been featured on “The Discovery Channel”, “Plastic Surgery: Before and After”. This surgeon is a frequent contributor to the medical literature, and is often quoted/interviewed in Parents magazine, ePregnancy magazine, and Cosmetic Surgery Times plus local, regional and national media outlets as a recognized expert on vascular birthmarks. He has treated hundreds of children and adults from South and North Carolina, Costa Rica, Peru, Russia, Philippines, Afghanistan, Mexico, Cypress, Turkey, Hong Kong and all over the U.S. In addition to providing direct patient care, Dr. Hochman will also be hosting Dr. Abigail Buncan from the Philippines for two months of surgical training in the treatment of hemangiomas. Dr. Buncan will then perform surgeries at the Manila Children’s Hospital where Dr. Hochman has already evaluated 30 children and prescribed a course of treatment.

In September 2008, at its annual conference in Chicago, Dr. Hochman received the prestigious annual (AAFPRS) American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s National Community Service Award. It is presented each year to the doctor who has distinguished him/herself by “making possible free medical service to the poor in his community.”

His interest and passion for treatment of vascular birthmarks initially stemmed from one of his three sons being born with one. His quest for information and treatment evolved over the ensuing 21 years to place him at the forefront of physicians involved with these lesions. He has held ten Annual Educational Symposiums in Charleston inviting physicians to listen and interact with a panel of distinguished speakers and experts, training them to better understand and treat vascular anomalies. His ultimate goal is to search, with the help of these and other experts, to find a cure in the near future.

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