The Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center (VAC) celebrated its ninth annual Classical Benefit Dinner Concert on Dec. 8, 2018, hosted by the MGH Department of Dermatology and the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. More than 100 people enjoyed a night of classical music, delicious Vietnamese food and a silent auction, which raised $60,000 for the Vietnam VAC.

The center provides state-of-the-art medical treatment for children in Vietnam with disfiguring birthmarks. Money raised has supported the development of an interventional radiology clinic in Ho Chi Minh City, and a second satellite VAC clinic in Da Nang – expanding access to care throughout central Vietnam.

“To help these Vietnamese children requires a willingness on all sides to invest in the future,” says Rox Anderson, MD, director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and a founding member of the VAC. “It is an honor to be part of this effort.”

This year the Vietnam VAC will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Throughout the past decade, the VAC has expanded access to high-quality medical care for children in Vietnam, provided free care to more than 15,000 children, and has trained Vietnamese physicians and medical staff on modern, safe and effective medical treatments for disfiguring birthmarks and other severe skin conditions in children. Physicians from the MGH –along with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beckman Laser Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital –continue to collaborate with the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Ho Chi Minh City to offer an increasing amount of free medical services.

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