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Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-822-3720
Fax: 832-825-3722


6701 Fannin Street
Mark Wallace Tower, 8th Floor
Houston, TX 77030

Denise W. Metry, MD

Associate Professor, Dermatology and Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Texas Medical School at Houston Fellowship Pediatric Dermatology 2000
University of Texas Medical School at Houston Residency Dermatology 1999
St. Joseph Hospital Program Internship Transitional 1996
University of Texas Medical School at Houston Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1995


Dr. Denise Metry has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of children with vascular birthmarks, particularly infantile hemangiomas, port-wine birthmarks, and other rare vascular birthmarks of the skin. She is dedicated to providing compassionate care for her patients and their families.

She is a founding and active member of the Hemangioma Investigator Group, an international physician working group established in 2000 to promote hemangioma research and education. She is the physician leader for the Sturge-Weber syndrome Clinical Care Network at Texas Children's Hospital, and the dermatology leader for the Vascular Birthmarks Clinic at Texas Children’s. She has authored well over 100 manuscripts and book chapters dedicated to furthering our understanding of vascular birthmarks, and she mentors, teaches and lectures locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Metry has longstanding expertise in the treatment of vascular birthmarks with over 20 years of experience. She offers a variety of medical treatments for infantile hemangiomas, including topical timolol and oral propranolol. She also has extensive laser experience and offers pulsed-dye laser for port-wine birthmarks, as well as alternative lasers for other types of vascular birthmarks. Lastly, she is involved in pharmaceutical research looking at novel, topical targeted gene therapies for vascular birthmarks.

Dr. Metry hosted the first PHACE syndrome research and family meeting at Texas Children's in 2008, from which diagnostic criteria for the syndrome were established. She is dedicated to vascular birthmark patient advocacy efforts in Houston, and recently has extended her passion to international mission work, having traveled to underserved parts of Asia and Africa to provide vascular birthmark education.


Organization Name Role
Hemangioma Investigator Group (HIG) Founding Member
International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA) Member
National Organization for Vascular Anomalies (NOVA) & Vascular Birthmark Foundation (VBF) Physician-Patient Liason for PHACE Syndrome
Pediatric Dermatology Journal Associate Editor
Society of Pediatric Dermatology (SPD) Executive Board Member and Vice Chair, Communications

Selected Publications

Metry D, Frieden IJ, Hess C, et al. Propranolol use in PHACE syndrome with cervical and intracranial arterial anomalies: collective experience in 32 infants. Pediatric Dermatology 2013 Jan-Feb;30(1):71-89. View all publications on VIICTR



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