THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN will have a new lease on life thanks to the $13,000 raised during the MGH Department of Dermatology’s recent benefit concert in support of the Vascular Anomalies Center in Vietnam, which provides free treatment for youth with disfiguring birthmarks.

Concert benefits Vietnam children’s clinic

27/Jan/2012

MUSIC AND MEDICINE: From left, Anderson; O’Hanlon; Tran; Amanda Wang, Boston University music student; Vincent Cheung, MIT postdoctoral fellow; Fisher; Joshua Sekoski, Harvard Law School student; and Thuy Phung, MD, assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine

The second annual concert at the Goethe Institut Boston brought together more than 100 guests who enjoyed Vietnamese cuisine, a silent auction and musical selections from Chopin, Brahms and Schubert, as well as traditional Vietnamese music. The evening featured several area musicians, including cellist David Fisher, MD, PhD, chief of MGH Dermatology.

“It is deeply inspiring to see the talents and energies of our colleagues directed so effectively at improving the health of these Vietnamese children halfway around the globe,” Fisher says.

The Vascular Anomalies Center was established in 2009 by the MGH and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Located in Ho Chi Minh City, it has provided care for more than 2,000 children and also helps train Vietnamese physicians in the latest technologies and treatment options.

“The money raised at the benefit will be used to continue the center’s mission of providing medical care to children, and it will also enable us to help fund an educational exchange program between physicians in Vietnam and the United States,” says Thanh-Nga Tran, MD, PhD, of MGH Dermatology. Tran, along with R. Rox Anderson, MD, director of the MGH Wellman Center for Photomedicine, and Kelly O’Hanlon, office manager for Dermatology, served as the evening’s co-hosts. For more information about the Vascular Anomalies Center, visit www.vietnamVAC.org.





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