Dr. Hochman Goes To The Philipines

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.


  Manila Team 


Dr. with Manila Girl

Vascular Birthmarks Program Philippines “We Care. We Cure”


Through an alliance of the Rotary Club of Makati West (“RCMW”), the Makati Medical
Center (“MMC”), the GMA Kapuso Foundation (“Kapuso”), and The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation of Charleston, South Carolina (“THTF”), the mission of the Program is to contribute towards the treatment of hemangiomas and other vascular birthmarks and malformations in Filipino children and young adults who are unable to afford such treatment, as well as to educate and train local physicians in the regular monitoring, counseling, and treatment of these afflictions.

“Hemangioma” refers to the most common childhood tumor, afflicting 1 in 10 children

The Program, spearheaded by RCMW and MMC, has been able to bring the expertise
and medical resources offered by Dr. Marcelo Hochman (MD FACS) and his team from
THTF to the Philippines. The primary focus of the Program will be to support a
philanthropically oriented series of regular missions to treat primarily the underprivileged
and to advance the medical know-how and resources available at MMC, as well as
other medical institutions in the country.

Program Launch

The five-day Program launch, from May 26 to 30, began with a series of medical training lectures at MMC’s Ledesma Hall, given by two visiting specialists from the United States.

Marcelo Hochman, M.D. – Facial Plastic Surgeon,
Hemangioma Treatment Center, St. Francis Hospital,
Charleston, South Carolina.

John Deveikis, M.D. – Professor of Radiology and
Director of Neuro-Endovascular Therapy, University of
Rochester Medical Center.

The Program continued with a two-day clinic and the treatment over three days of
twelve (12) initial cases.

.. 3 operations/excisions of hemangioma and/or venous malformation
.. 4 pulse-dye laser treatments (including on-the-spot training for MMC staff)
.. 5 sclerotherapy treatments on venous malformations

Please go to the website of the Rotary Club of  Makati West to find out more: http://www.dbsoftphil.com/rcmw/pge_projects.aspx

South Carolina Woman Adopts Chinese Girl With Hemangioma

A family from Beaufort, South Carolina, has adopted an orphan infant girl, Emma, from China and said to be “unadoptable”. Her mother will be bringing her to Dr. Hochman to remove her hemangioma.

Cowboy Couture 2007

The Motley Rice Building at 28 Bridgeside on the Charleston Harbor was the scene for great fun on October 11 with dining, an exciting auction and dancing until the cows came home. 400 wranglers and cowgirls in their best western/black tie duds had cocktails on the patio and photos taken with the live bull, plus plein air paintings by local artist, Danny McLaughlin. Then the guests passed through the corral gates into a magical skyview tent on the deck overlooking the Harbor. The venue was fabulously decorated, making you feel like you were really down on the ranch.

Tasty grub was prepared by the famous chef, James Burns, at j.b.c. catering while the diners listened to the sounds of a harmony vocal trio from Tennessee, Carolina Rain, which  consists of Rhean Boyer (guitar), Jeremy Baxter (mandolin), and Marvin Evatt (banjo, guitar). The can-can girls were a big hit after we gathered around the piano from Fox Music with pianist Lawson Roberts. The toe-tapping dance band was Right On, a fifteen member band from Virginia and the dancers loved them.

Ben Arnold  Beverage Company and Francis Ford Coppola provided the spirits for the thirsty cowpokes and their ladies.  Saturn of Charleston donated a TWO year lease with taxes and insurance included for their 2008 SATURN OUTLOOK! THTF is delighted to have had them as our title sponsor the 2007 event.

In addition to the Saturn, there were lots of other wonderful auction items, such as: a golf cart, Masters Golf Tournament tickets with clubhouse passes, dinner for 12 with three famous Charleston chefs, a Mickey Williams original painting, one week stay at house on the bay on St. John’s, Richard Petty pit passes, antique diamond ladies’ watch, a visit to the set of the hit TV show, “One Tree Hill”, a week in a house at the ski resort at Telluride, Colorado, deep sea fishing trip and gear, sunset dinner cruise, ride on a private jet, and a trip to a villa in Mexico or the south of France.


Can Can Dancers Three Aqua Hats
Mr. and Mrs. Mace Brown with Titlest Dinner Under the Stars
Cowpoke and his gal Dancers Revel

Dr. Hochman’s Surgeries Win Two Top Awards

The WCSC TV5 video recently won both the South Carolina Medical Association’s 2007 Broadcast Journalism Award and 2007 Excellence in Medical and Health Care Reporting for the broadcast of Dr. Hochman’s surgeries.

In the broadcast Debi Chard from WCSC appeared live at the operating room at St. Francis-Roper Hospital in Charleston, SC, while Dr. Hochman performed surgeries on two young girls, Zoe and WhitLee, to remove vascular formations.



Volunteers Needed – Please Help!

The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation needs your help. We asking for parents of our patients to volunteer to help us prepare to launch our Discussion Forum on the THTF website. We are also looking for an intern to assist in the preparation of the website. We have a place for a communications, marketing or journalism student.

Jane Milner
Executive Director
2097 Henry Tecklenburg Drive
Suite 212 West
Charleston, South Carolina 29416Email
843 571 7194Fax
843 571 0494

“Little Smoke”

A Men’s Night Out featuring a cigar and scotch pairing dinner and auction was held on Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 pm to benefit The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation at I’on Creek Club.

The night’s special guest speaker was Andrew Nash from Pernod Ricard USA, brand manager for Glenlivet Scotch.

The delicious food was provided by j.b.c. catering with live Jazz by Frank Duvall Jazz Quartet and smokes by General Cigar Company, scotch whiskeys by Pernod Ricard USA and an auction with items such as a trip to Doonebeg, Ireland, and a tailor made suit from Grady Ervin. All was enjoyed by an enthusiastic group for a very successful evening.

Dr. Hochman Participates in Port Wine Stain Conference

17-Oct-2005 Dr. Hochman, founder of The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation, attended the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation’s 2005 Port Wine Stain Conference in Newport Beach, California, at the Beckman Laser Institute October 7-8, 2005.

At the conference there were two teams of physicians who saw patients for consultations. Dr. Hochman was on a team with Dr. Stuart Nelson (host from Beckman Laser Institute) and Dr. Martin Mihm. Patients with a variety of port wine stains were evaluated and recommendations for treatment made.

GALA 2005 “Last Night in the Garden”

2005 Last Night in the Garden Theatre

325 special guests enjoyed an enchanting evening in the old Garden Theatre bathed in candlelight, billowing wall panels and surrounded by music. A red carpet was laid out on the sidewalk for the arrival of the formally dressed attendees at this fundraiser gala.

The evening began with cocktails to the music of the Christal Brown Youth Chorus and Quiana Parler. Country singer, Julie Roberts, along with guitarist, Shane Sutton, who performed a selection of their music during an extraordinary dinner prepared by J. Bistro catering, accompanied by fine wines and champagne from Rodney Strong Vineyards.

Dr. Hochman was surprised by a representative for Governor Mark Sanford bestowing upon him the coveted South Carolina Order of The Palmetto. The Order of the Palmetto was established by Gov. John West in 1970 as a way that the Governor of the state could distinguish individual citizens for outstanding service or friends to the state. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual, and is given solely at the discretion of the Governor.

Acclaimed singer, Patti LaBelle, was on-hand to present an award to her good friend and fashion designer, Zang Toi, for his commitment and support of the Foundation. One of the highlights of the evening was when Ms. LaBelle surprised the audience by singing a spectacular rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer”. Actress Dyan Cannon, national spokesperson for the Foundation, introduced and commented on her work in The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation’s first two National Public Service Announcements. Immediately following, there was dancing to the music of the show band, Right On.

Other “Friends of the Foundation” who are unable to attend include Amanda Bynes, Matthew Perry, Tony Danza, Susan Sarandon, Kyan Douglas, Hootie and The Blowfish, and Bethany Joy Lenz.

    Julie Robert’s arrival Magical Place

Dyan Cannon’s Arrival Dyan Singing with Chorus on King Street
Jane Milner, Zang Toi, Patti LaBelle, model, and the Hochmans Bethany Lenz, Designer Zang with his THTF t-shirt design and Dr. Hochman

Dr. Hochman Awarded Prestigous Order of the Palmetto

Dr. Hochman Receives Prestigious SC Order of the Palmetto

At the 2005 Hemangioma Treatment Foundation Gala at the old Garden Theatre in downtown Charleston, Dr. Hochman was surprised by a representative for Governor Mark Sanford bestowing upon him the coveted South Carolina Order of The Palmetto.

The Order of the Palmetto was established by Gov. John West in 1970 as a way that the Governor of the state could distinguish individual citizens for outstanding service or friends to the state. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual, and is given solely at the discretion of the Governor.