Birthmarks and vascular anomalies US referrals

Quality and Outcomes Reports - Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies

Why we measure it - Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures.


What this means - More than 50 percent of patients in the Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center travel from outside Milwaukee to receive care. This reflects our expertise and the growing national reputation of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

About the data - The map shows the states our patients came from in 2012.

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How we provide the best care

  • We led the development of one of the nation's premier programs specifically designed to diagnose and treat vascular malformation in pediatric patients.
  • The Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center at Children's Hospital is a multidisciplinary service providing care for infants, children and adults with complex vascular anomalies.
  • Patients see all the necessary specialists at one visit, and health care team members meet to discuss all treatment options and provide a unified opinion and treatment plan.
  • Beth Drolet, MD, is listed in the Best Doctors in America® database. She is one of the leaders of the Hemangioma Investigator Group, a clinical research group composed of 11 international sites, which is focused on furthering the knowledge and treatment of hemangiomas.
  • The Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies team consists of pediatric specialists in Dermatology, Oncology, Radiology, Pathology, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Ophthalmology. All are board-certified in their specialty.
  • Our specialists conduct cutting-edge research to find the cause of and potential cures for infantile hemangiomas. Michael Kelly, MD, PhD, is the principal investigator for a multi-center randomized trial for the treatment of complicated hemangiomas. Paula North, MD, PhD, is internationally recognized for her landmark research regarding the cell of origin of hemangiomas.
  • Our nurses help families navigate the hospital system by coordinating appointments, setting up tests and procedures and assisting them with family accommodations.


Our specialists are engaged in research that benefits our patients and further improves outcomes.

Family accommodations

Families traveling from long distances are encouraged to use our Family Accommodations Program to make travel arrangements and schedule appointments. Children's Hospital has partnered with non-profit organizations like Ronald McDonald House to offer comfortable, "home away from home" accommodations. Local hotel chains on our referral list also offer discounts for families.