The Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center (VAC) was started by Drs. Thuy Phung and Thanh-Nga Tran, who grew up in Vietnam and were keenly aware of the tremendous medical needs among Vietnamese children with disfiguring birthmarks. Their idea was to start a clinic to treat children while simultaneously training Vietnamese physicians in the most current treatments for these conditions. Enthusiastic support came from Dr. Martin Mihm, a renowned medical expert in vascular anomalies who helped create similar clinics in the U.S., Spain, and Italy; Dr. Stuart Nelson, who has extensive clinical experience in laser treatment of vascular lesions; Dr. Rox Anderson, a world-renowned laser treatment specialist and Director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine; and Candela Corporation, who donated and shipped the lasers to Vietnam. This group traveled to Saigon in February 2009 to establish the first vascular anomalies center in Vietnam.
Professor Rox Anderson is a dermatologist at Harvard Medical School, where he treats many children with vascular and other birth defects. Many lasers widely used for treating skin and other organs, are based on discoveries in his research laboratory. Dr. Anderson is Director of the Wellman Center, a leading research center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Anderson donates his time and travel costs to volunteer in Vietnam. He is also supporting and providing education for a Vietnamese doctor in Boston.
Dr. Binhlam specializes in: General dermatology, contact allergy, cosmetic/aesthetic dermatologic surgery, laser surgery, phlebology, phototherapy,Mohs micrographic surgery, and tumescent liposuction.
Dr. Tri Nguyen is a Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon in Houston, Texas. Dr Nguyen completed his Dermatology residency at Harvard and a Dermatology/Mohs Surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. His expertise includes Mohs and reconstructive surgery, skin cancer, scar revision, and the treatment of venous disease and malformations. He lectures and teaches nationally on these topics and has authored two medical textbooks: Flaps and Grafts in Dermatologic Surgery and Treatment of Leg Veins. He was a Professor of Dermatology and the director of Mohs surgery at MD-Anderson Cancer Center before his current practice at Northwest Diagnostic Clinic. Dr. Nguyen has been involved in humanitarian medical work for many years, especially in training Vietnamese physicians in Mohs and dermatologic surgery.
Professor Ju Hee Lee is a dermatologist at Yonsei University College of Medicine, Severance Hospital in Seoul, Korea. She is a cosmetic dermatologist and an expert in treating skin scars using various kinds of lasers as well as performing laser treatments for vascular lesions. She was a post doctoral fellow at the Cutaneous Biology Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been involved since 2013 with the Vietnam VAC, introducing lasers and cosmeceuticals and supporting education for the doctors in Vietnam.
Dr. Martin Mihm is an international consultant for pigmented lesions, lymphoma, and cutaneous inflammatory diseases as well as vascular anomalies. He is the Director of the Melanoma Program in the Department of Dermatology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is associate director of the Melanoma Center at the Dana Farber and Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. He serves as co-chairman of the Melanoma Pathology Program of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer. He has co-authored numerous articles and several books concerning skin pathology. He is also a renowned medical expert in vascular anomalies who has started vascular anomalies clinics in the U.S., Spain, Italy and Vietnam. He is now co-director of the Mihm Vascular Malformation Clinic and of the Vascular Birthmark Foundation.
J. Stuart Nelson
Dr. J. Stuart Nelson is Medical Director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, and Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Nelson served as president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and is now editor-in-chief of the ASLMS journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Dr. Nelson has published more than 300 scientific articles and been awarded 15 patents for developing biomedical devices. Dr. Nelson’s university-based clinical practice and research combines his expertise in engineering, optics, medicine and surgery. In addition to faculty, research, teaching and clinical responsibilities, he is the Director of the Vascular Birthmarks and Malformations Diagnostic and Treatment Center at the UCI Medical Center. Dr. Nelson donates his time and travel costs to volunteer in Vietnam.
Dr. Thanh Nga Tran is a board-certified dermatologist at Kuchnir Dermatology and researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital as well as an Instructor in Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tran obtained her MD from Harvard Medical School and her PhD from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Tran is currently carrying out research at the Cutaneous Biology Research Center at MGH on the integration of biomedical engineering towards developing novel therapies for dermatologic conditions. Dr. Tran is actively involved in mentoring medical students and residents as well as in international medical volunteer work with the Vietnam VAC.
Thuy L Phung
Dr. Thuy L. Phung is an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. She is a board-certified pathologist specializing in skin pathology and directs a cancer research laboratory. Dr. Phung has a strong interest in humanitarian medical work in Vietnam, where she was born, and has helped to establish the Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center. In the lab, her research focuses on finding new therapy for vascular anomalies based on finding molecular pathways that drive the development and growth of these lesions.