Dr Marcelo Hochman, Medical Director and Founder of The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation traveled to Manila, Philippines May 23, 2008. The purpose of the trip is to launch a program to treat children with vascular anomalies and establish a treatment center there. The program, sponsored by Makati Medical Center, Kapuso Foundation and Rotary Club Makati West has been in preparation for over a year. Mr. David Taylor, a member of Rotary Club and parent of a child with a compound hemangioma whom Dr Hochman treated, has been the instrumental driving force in putting the program, known as THTF-Asia, together.
Dr Hochman and Dr John Deveikis, an interventional radiologist from the University of New York in Rochester, will be evaluating patients and treating approximately 20 of them on this initial trip plus setting treatment plans for the future. The physicians will also give lectures and set the stage for further training sessions and treatments.
THTF’s mission is to provide treatment to children with vascular anomalies who do not have access to care and to educate physicians in the management of hemangiomas and malformations. This program is a stepping-stone to making access available to huge number of affected children. It has taken a tremendous amount of work on the part of many people in Manila to do this. I am privileged to be a part of this project,” says Dr Hochman.
Dr. with Manila Girl