Meet the PHACE Syndrome registry research team

Dawn H. Siegel, MD

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Dr. Siegel is a pediatric dermatologist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. She also is an assistant professor of Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital and Research Center, Oakland, California, and a residency fellowship, and research fellowship in pediatric dermatology at the University of California in San Francisco.

Dr. Siegel is the founder and co-director of the PHACE Syndrome International Clinical Registry and Genetic Repository. She has been involved in the study, treatment and care of PHACE patients since 2006. She is currently studying the natural history and long term outcomes in PHACE Syndrome as well as investigating whether there is a genetic component in PHACE.


Beth A. Drolet, MD

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Dr. Drolet is a pediatric dermatologist as well as the Vice President of Ambulatory Medicine and Medical Director of Pediatric Dermatology and the Birthmark and Vascular Anomalies Clinic at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. She is also an associate professor of pediatrics and dermatology and the Vice Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition, she is one of the founding members of the Hemangioma Investigators Group, a multi-institutional clinical research network consortium.

Dr. Drolet has focused her research career around the care and treatment of infantile hemangiomas, including those found in PHACE syndrome. As medical director of the Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Clinic, she has led a team of physicians in consulting on critical vascular cases nationwide. She is a co-investigator for the PHACE Syndrome International Clinical Registry and Genetic Repository.


Denise Metry, MD

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Dr. Metry has been a pediatric dermatologist at Texas Children's Hospital. She was also an associate professor of pediatrics and dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine. Her clinical interests include birthmarks and inherited skin diseases and laser treatment of vascular and pigmented lesions. She began work on the Texas-based PHACE syndrome phenotype database and registry and has since combined data from the registry with the PHACE Syndrome international Clinical Registry and Genetic Repository at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.


Marcia Seefeldt, RN

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Marcia is the nurse clinician for the Birthmark and Vascular Anomalies Clinic at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. She has assisted Dr. Drolet as her lead nurse since 2005. Marcia provides timely and caring responses to questions from families as well as information and guidance to professionals while following patients throughout their course of treatment. In addition to clinical care, Marcia is involved in research and quality improvement in the Vascular Anomalies clinic program at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.


Shawna Joachim, CRC

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Shawna is the lead coordinator on this study, and has been helping to take care of communication and organization of the project since it moved to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in 2010. She assists with enrollment, data collection and administration of the study.


Study partners

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Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is where Drs. Siegel and Drolet do their patient care and research. Many of the research activities for this study take place at Children's facilities.

Medical College of Wisconsin

phtMCWThe Medical College of Wisconsin is located on the same campus as Children's and houses the research offices for Drs. Siegel and Drolet. The Medical College employs many of the staff who run the pediatric dermatology research studies.