Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Clinic

The Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital brings together a highly skilled interdisciplinary team of pediatric specialists to provide coordinated and comprehensive care for patients with vascular anomalies. Our specialists work in partnership with the primary care physician and collaborate in the evaluation, treatment and management of patients.

Our team is actively involved in research efforts leading to break-through of new therapeutic approaches to care for patients with vascular anomalies and hemangiomas.

Our Team Includes Specialists In:

Clinical Directors

Ibrahim Khansa

Ibrahim Khansa

Ibrahim Khansa, MD, is a surgeon within the Department Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University. He is the director of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations program, and a member of the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders and the Cleft Lip and Palate Team.

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Anna P. Lillis

Anna Lillis, MD, PhD, is a pediatric interventional radiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She earned her medical degree and PhD in Pathology from Duke University in 2008. She completed Radiology Residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Pediatric Radiology Fellowship and advanced Pediatric Interventional Radiology training at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Services We Offer

  • Comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and management of hemangiomas and other vascular tumors, including pharmacologic treatment (timolol, propranolol, steroids), surgical treatment, laser therapy, surgical or image-guided biopsy and embolization
  • Multidisciplinary approach to complex vascular anomalies, including slow flow (lymphatic malformations and venous malformations), high flow (arteriovenous fistulae and arteriovenous malformations), and combined malformations and overgrowth syndromes (such as Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome, CLOVES, Capillary Malformation with Overgrowth and others)
  • State-of-the-art imaging technology including ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and fluoroscopic and MR lymphangiography to aid in diagnosis of vascular tumors and malformations and guide management
  • Minimally-invasive, image-guide therapy including sclerotherapy and embolization by our team of expert Interventional Radiologists
  • Targeted medical therapy that includes use of sirolimus (rapamycin), and monitoring for management of hemangiomas, vascular tumors and complex malformations by Dermatology and Hematology/Oncology teams
  • Management and treatment of conditions affecting the nose, mouth and airway by our Otolaryngology (ENT) team
  • Clinical genetic and genomic analysis for identification of causal genes leading to possible treatment with available and developing targeted medical therapies  
  • Laser therapy for certain malformations and birthmarks with skin involvement including Port Wine birthmarks and other capillary malformations, superficial venous malformations, etc.
  • Management of orthopedic complications of vascular anomalies including leg-length discrepancy and joint involvement
  • Surgical biopsy, resection or partial resection/debulking (partial removal of involved or overgrown tissue) of various tumors and malformations by our surgical specialists in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology and Orthopedic Surgery.
  • Psychological evaluation and psychosocial support for our patients and families where needed by our dedicated Psychology and Social Work providers.
  • Supportive care services that include physical therapy, occupational therapy and fitting for compression garments.
  • Cutting edge research into advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for vascular anomalies

Conditions We Treat

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Hemangioma

A hemangioma is a common vascular birthmark, made of extra blood vessels in the skin. It is a benign (non-cancerous) growth. Hemangiomas may occur anywhere on the body. There are three main types of hemangioma: superficial (on the surface of the skin), deep (under the skin) and mixed.

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Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations

The treatment of a hemangioma is usually observation. Some hemangiomas can cause problems if they bleed or press on important nearby structures, such as the eye or the upper airway. Venous malformations, lymphatic malformations and arteriovenous malformations require a multidisciplinary approach.

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Lymphatic Disorders

Lymphatic disorders arise when the lymphatic system is disrupted either through congenital malformation, traumatic injury from a medical procedure, or a change in the lymphatic-circulatory balance. Lymphatic disorders may result in losses in nutritional, immune, electrolyte and clotting factors.

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Lymphatic Malformation

A lymphatic malformation is the result of abnormal formation and development during fetal development of the otherwise normal lymphatic vessels in the body. This is usually in one area of the body: neck, chest, abdomen and extremities.

Our Clinics 

Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Clinic
(Located within Plastic Surgery Clinic)
700 Children's Drive, Suite T5E
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 722-6299
Fax: (614) 722-5826

Interventional Radiology Clinic
700 Children’s Drive, T1137
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 722-2289
Fax: (614) 722-2332

Dermatology Clinic
555 S. 18th Street
Outpatient Care Center
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 722-5777
Fax: (614) 722-5510

Hematology/Oncology Clinic
700 Children’s Drive, H11A
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 722-3250

Otolaryngology Clinic
555 S. 18th Street
Outpatient Care Center
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 722-3150

Orthopedic Surgery Clinic
479 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215 
Phone: (614) 923-3874

Clinical Genetics Clinic
700 Children's Drive, Suite T4D
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 722-3535

Psychology Clinic
700 Children’s Drive, J West 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 355-8080

Resources for Families

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Managing Lymphatic Flow Disorders: Expanding Care Through Collaboration

Lymphatic disorders in children are rare conditions that arise when this system is disrupted by either abnormal development, injury, or as a result of some types of cardiac disease. These conditions can result in significant losses in important proteins, electrolytes and other nutritional elements.

Hemangioma

Hemangiomas: What Are They and How Are They Treated?

A hemangioma is a benign tumor of blood vessels. It usually appears around 2-4 weeks of age as a small red-pink patch. It then grows rapidly for 5-6 months and continues to grow slowly until 1 year of age.

Hemangioma Investigator Group

The Hemangioma Investigator Group, founded by a group of Pediatric Dermatologists, is dedicated to advancing knowledge regarding infantile hemangiomas and improving outcomes for affected children through excellence in collaborative research, education, and advocacy.

International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA)

ISSVA workshops, held all over the world, gather hundreds of international specialists of various medical disciplines involved in the treatment of patients afflicted with vascular anomalies.

Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation is an international charitable organization that networks those affected by a vascular birthmark, anomaly, tumor or syndrome to the appropriate medical professionals for evaluation and treatment.

Hemangioma Study Seeking Participants

Who is eligible for the study?

  • Is your child less than 4 months old?
  • Does your child have a hemangioma that has not been previously treated?

If you answered yes to both of those questions, your child may be eligible to participate.

What do you need to know about the study?

  • We are looking to find out if giving children powdered berries can make their hemangiomas shrink.
  • Your child will have up to 12 study visits until your child is 18 months old.
  • Participants will receive up to $600 compensation throughout study participation.
  • This research study is sponsored by the National Institute of Health at Indiana University
For more information contact Kelly Heitkemper at (614) 722-2650.