The International Birthmark Institute

The International Birthmark Institute (TIBI) at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, is a comprehensive multi-specialty center of excellence for the evaluation and management of all birthmarks with special expertise in vascular birthmarks or vascular anolmalies in newborn babies and children, including hemangiomas and vascular malformations.

A birthmark is a discolored and/or raised area of the skin that is apparent at birth or within a few weeks of birth. Birthmarks are made up of malformed pigment cells or blood vessels and require careful assesment by a team of specialists.



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Diagnostic Medical Services

Diagnosis and management of simple and complex vascular birthmarks. Our diagnostic services include.
  • CT Scans
  • MRI
  • Radiography
  • Angiography

Medical Treatments Offered

  • Medical management with propranolol, oral/intralesional corticosteroids
  • Topical treatment with Aldara 
  • Laser surgery

Lasers Treatments offered

  • Candela Vbeam Perfecta (pulsed dye laser)
  • Candela Gentlelase (Alexandrite laser for recalcitrant lesions)
  • FRAXEL (for residual scarring)

A Team Approach

Because some birthmarks may grow in sensitive areas such as eyes, throat, nose or genitals; their removal has to be carefully planned so as not to damage any organs and not to cause disfigurement.

The The International Birthmark Institute (TIBI) is composed of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals that span many pediatric disciplines. Our team of specialists can carefully asses and remove birthmarks with precision and care.

After a healthy delivery of her newborn baby girl Alanis, Ana was told that she was born with a small caramel colored birthmark on her arm. Not immediately alarmed by the news, Ana waited for their first appointment with the pediatrician who then referred them to Ana Margarita Duarte, MD, Director of the Division of Dermatology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Service Locations

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Main Hospital Campus
3100 SW 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33155