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.