Vascular Anomalies Center

The Vascular Anomalies Center 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.

The Vascular Anomalies Center treats every anomaly defined by the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. This includes all types of vascular tumors and vascular malformations. From the cosmetic to the life-threatening cases, our team of experts ensure the best possible outcome and quality of life for children and young adults.

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What sets our program apart from others is our philosophy of care: a true commitment to treat the whole patient and a structure to back it up. Regardless of location or background, every patient and family will have access to world-class services that allow for the best diagnosis, care path, and focus on the mental well being of the child; before during and after treatment.

Health Equity & Population Health

Our team strives to provide equal care to all patients regardless of socioeconomic background. We work closely with social work to ensure patients have access to care and transportation to appointments. In addition, we have become an international referral center, often performing remote consultations with complex patients from other states and other countries.

Behavioral & Mental Health Care

We work closely with psychology in the care of our children with vascular anomalies. A psychologist attends our monthly multidisciplinary clinics in person

Genomics Research & Personalized Medicine

We work very closely with the Institute for Genomic Medicine. In the past 2 years, we have collaborated with IGM to perform exome sequencing on approximately 90 patients with complex vascular anomalies, which has allowed us to provide care that is personalized to the specific mutation in each patient’s vascular anomaly.

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 Vascular Anomalies Center 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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This Helping Hand™ explains different types of hemangiomas and how they're benign (noncancerous). 

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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 and Physicians

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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What Pediatricians Need to Know About Lymphedema in Pediatrics

Lymphedema is chronic, progressive swelling caused by maldevelopment or disruption of the lymphatic system. Min-Jeong Cho, MD, a microsurgeon and assistant professor at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, answers some common questions to help pediatricians identify and treat patients with lymphedema.