The International Society of Dermatology (ISD) was founded by Drs. Aldo Castellani and Frederick Reiss in 1959. The organisation was initially the “International Society of Tropical Dermatology”. The Society had a particular interest in global dermatology and tropical skin diseases but also had a broad interest in all aspects of dermatology as basic sciences, venereology and public health and in teaching dermatology in developing countries. The organising committee of Drs. George C. Andrews, Anthony C. Cipollaro and J. Lowry Miller recruited an initial worldwide membership of 1,000. Membership was open to all physicians with an interest in tropical medicine.
The first formal meeting was held on 25 January 1960 at the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Aldo Castellani was chosen as the first President and Dr. Frederick Reiss the first Secretary General. The first paper was presented by Dr. Castellani.
To find out more about ISD, please visit www.intsocderm.org.