Complex Vascular Anomalies Program (CVAP)

Patients with complex vascular anomalies have conditions of the veins, arteries and the the lymphatic system that can be classified as tumors (benign and malignant) and vascular malformations (congenital anomalies of the vasculature). These conditions, which can range in severity, can cause pronounced visible deformities and disfigurement, impede critical organ functions such as swallowing or breathing, or cause severe pain interfering with ones quality of life. The Complex Vascular Anomalies Program (CVAP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) includes state-of-the-art genomics and personalized research strategies to determine the causes of these conditions and identify targeted  therapies to improve a patients quality of life. These innovative options are based on the standards of excellent inter-disciplinary clinical care.  

A history of innovative care 

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has been treating patients with vascular anomalies for more than 25 years. Plastic surgeons have developed expertise in management of vascular anomalies in collaboration with specially trained pediatric interventional radiologists, who treat these conditions with advanced, minimally invasive procedures using imaging tools. Collaboration with medical providers such as hematology-oncology and dermatology was initiated early to provide patients with the best care.

An emerging need

As our understanding of vascular anomalies has increased, our treatment approach has evolved. It has become increasingly clear that patients with more complex forms of vascular anomalies benefit from the collaboration of various specialists. Depending on the severity of their condition, CVAP patients may see specialists from:

  • Oncology
  • Genetics
  • Dermatology
  • Lymphedema Therapy
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Physical & Occupational Therapy 
  • Psychology
  • General Surgery
  • Fetal Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Hematology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Social Work

As part of our interdisciplinary approach to care, our program also provides psychosocial and emotional support services to patients and their families.

Promising treatment

For children and adults whose condition includes lymphatic leaks and lymphatic flow disorders, we work closely with the Jill and Mark Fishman Center for Lymphatic Disorders. The Center has developed minimally invasive, state-of-the-art procedures to treat these conditions.

Recently, innovative research collaboration between the Center for Applied Genomics and the Jill and Mark Fishman Center for Lymphatic Disorders has resulted in a groundbreaking new therapy for patients with a severe lymphatic conduction disorder. This finding has propelled a significant expansion of CHOP’s expertise and our international reach in the care of those with complex vascular anomalies. The program's addition of medical oncologists who have been at the forefront of the development of clinical trials specifically for vascular anomalies will lead to new discoveries. 

We're moving! 

The Vascular Anomalies Clinic has moved to the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care on the 6th floor in the Dermatology section. The address for the Buerger Center is 3500 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Please note that this is a temporary location. We are creating a brand new multi-disciplinary clinic so that your child will receive better-coordinated care among their specialists.

Please call (267) 426-9188 if you have additional questions.

Telehealth Options / Video Visits

We are actively using telehealth, including video visits, with excellent results and family satisfaction.

If you are interested in a telehealth visit, send a message through your MyCHOP account, or call our office at (267) 426-9188 and our staff will assist you with setting up your visit.

Our staff will review your child's medical history and make recommendations about whether your child can have a telemedicine visit or if your child needs an in-person visit or more urgent care.

Please check with your health plan to confirm that your insurance covers video visits with CHOP providers.

We encourage you to sign in to your MyCHOP account to ensure you can successfully access your account. If you have questions, or need to sign up for MyCHOP, please call us. Prior to your telehealth visit, review these instructions for getting set up for video visits with a CHOP provider.