The HHT Program at Boston Medical Center includes medical providers from 10 specialties, committed to providing coordinated, excellent care including genetic counseling and testing, diagnosis, screening, and treatment to optimize the health and lives of those affected by HHT.

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Specialty Clinics

Hematology

Patients with blood disorders receive consultation and treatment for a broad range of benign conditions, such as hemoglobinopathies (sickle cell anemia and thalassemia), hemochromatosis, bleeding and thrombotic disorders (von Willebrand's disease and hemophilia), hypercoagulable states, myeloproliferative disorders, myelodysplasia and anemia, and malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Treatments & Services

  • Nasal AVM laser ablation
  • Nasal AVM embolization
  • Brain AVM Counseling
  • Brain AVM Radiosurgery
  • Brain AVM Embolization
  • Brain AVM TOBAS study
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy, Upper Endoscopy
  • Lung AVM embolization

Diagnostics and Tests

Genetic Consultation

As HHT is a hereditary condition, people with several features of HHT or a close relative with HHT are often referred to a genetics professional. During a genetics consultation, information regarding HHT, clinical diagnostic criteria, as well as possible genetic testing is provided.  Genetic testing (via blood or saliva sample) can help provide a definitive diagnosis of HHT. Genetic consultation also provides a time to discuss possible results such as positive, negative, or uncertain and the implications of each. The genetics team works closely with the person being tested and insurance to provide affordable access to genetic testing.

A clear diagnosis (genetic or via clinical criteria) allows for appropriate recommendations for preventative screening, medical management and treatment of the features of HHT. Those diagnosed with HHT can then share their diagnosis with other first-degree relatives to determine whether they too may merit such counseling and testing or have not inherited HHT.

Our Team

Directors

Jean-Antoine Ribeil, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Hemoglobinopathies, red blood cell disorders, sickle cell anemia

Michael P Platt, MD, MSc

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and Residency Program Director, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Diseases of the nose, sinuses, and anterior skull base, endoscopic procedures

Thanh Nguyen, MD

Professor of Radiology, Neurosurgery and Radiology, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Interventional neuroradiology, brain aneurysm, stroke, head and neck tumors, carotid and intracranial artery stenosis, subarachnoid hemorrhage, spinal vascular interventions, traumatic carotid and vertebral dissection, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for acute spinal fractures

Anesthesia

Rafael M Gonzalez, MD

Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of MedicineVice-Chair, Clinical Affairs

Clinical Genetics

Jodi D Hoffman, MD

Associate Professor and Chief of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatric Genetics, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Pediatric genetic syndromes, Jewish genetic diseases, adult genetic conditions, malformation syndromes, cancer syndromes

Dermatology

Margaret S Lee, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director of Pediatric Dermatology, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Pediatric dermatology

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Otolaryngology (ENT)

Gregory A Grillone, MD

M Stuart Strong and Charles W. Vaughan Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Special Interests

Laryngology, minimally invasive surgery of the upper aerodigestive tract, sleep surgery, laser surgery, head and neck cancer surgery

Jessica R Levi, MD

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics, Assistant Residency Program Director, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine.

Special Interests

Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea

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Michael P Platt, MD, MSc

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and Residency Program Director, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Diseases of the nose, sinuses, and anterior skull base, endoscopic procedures

Gastroenterology

Hematology

Jean-Antoine Ribeil, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Hemoglobinopathies, red blood cell disorders, sickle cell anemia

Interventional Neuroradiology

Mohamad K Abdalkader, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Interventional Neuroradiology,

Thanh Nguyen, MD

Professor of Radiology, Neurosurgery and Radiology, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Interventional neuroradiology, brain aneurysm, stroke, head and neck tumors, carotid and intracranial artery stenosis, subarachnoid hemorrhage, spinal vascular interventions, traumatic carotid and vertebral dissection, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for acute spinal fractures

Interventional Radiology

Suvranu Ganguli, MD

Section Chief, Interventional Radiology, Professor of Radiology, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Interventional neuroradiology, vascular and interventional radiology

David Guez, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Pulmonology

Elizabeth S Klings, MD

Director of the Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease, Director of Pulmonary Hypertension, and Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease, pulmonary embolism, chronic dyspnea

Neurology

Thanh Nguyen, MD

Professor of Radiology, Neurosurgery and Radiology, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Interventional neuroradiology, brain aneurysm, stroke, head and neck tumors, carotid and intracranial artery stenosis, subarachnoid hemorrhage, spinal vascular interventions, traumatic carotid and vertebral dissection, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for acute spinal fractures