About Us

Officially founded in 1935, the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) has been promoting skin health around the world for over 80 years. Its forerunner began in 1889 as the first of many World Congresses of Dermatology. Today, the ILDS represents dermatology at the highest level with over 180 Member Societies from more than 80 countries, we represent over 200,000 dermatologists. ILDS works closely with partners around the world including the World Health Organization (WHO), with whom we are in official relations, in order to improve skin health for all people around the world.

ILDS Strategic Plan

Skin Health for the World 2015-2019
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Our Vision and Mission

To attain the best possible skin health for all people around the world.

To increase awareness, cooperation and communication within the global dermatology community to promote high quality education, clinical care, research and innovation that will improve skin health globally.

Our Guiding Principles

Collaboration – to work collaboratively and in partnership with all our stakeholders

Impact – to maximise our impact by measuring and evaluating progress towards our strategic objectives

Communication – to use a range of methods to raise awareness and communicate effectively

Evidence – to ensure that our work reflects the best knowledge, practices and evidence

Stewardship – to identify priorities and commit resources based on realistic assessments of our capabilities

Our Governance

The ILDS is an independent, global charity. Our international Board of Directors is supported by a UK based Secretariat. As a registered charity we operate under English Law, regulated by the UK Charity Commission and governed by our Articles of Association.


Board Members

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Professor Lars French

President

MD (Munich)

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Professor Hassan Galadari

Secretary-General

MD, (Dubai)

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Professor Brigitte Dréno

Treasurer

MD, PhD (Nantes)

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Professor Harvey Lui

Past President

MD FRCPC, (Vancouver)

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Dr. Claire Fuller

IFD Chair

MA FRCP UK, (London)

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Professor Lars French

President

MD (Munich)

H Galadari 15ca60df2a99d005eab7e55219c795b4

Professor Hassan Galadari

Secretary-General

MD, (Dubai)

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Professor Brigitte Dréno

Treasurer

MD, PhD (Nantes)

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Professor Harvey Lui

Past President

MD FRCPC, (Vancouver)

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Dr. Claire Fuller

IFD Chair

MA FRCP UK, (London)

Dra Ivonne Arellano D44da696c8e512f21ae4d832b5a963a6

Professor María Ivonne Arellano Mendoza

Ramesh Bhat F486dae48cd4432a5cd440e96ef3895b

Professor Ramesh Bhat

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Professor Luca Borradori

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Professor Roy Chan

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Professor Jin Ho Chung

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Professor Ncoza Dlova

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Dr. Kenji Kabashima

MD, PhD (Kyoto)

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Dr. Margarita Larralde

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Dr. Henry W. Lim

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Dr. Omar Lupi

MD, MSc, PhD (Rio de Janeiro)

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Dr. Venkataram Mysore

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Professor Giovanni Pellacani

MD, (Modena)

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Professor Martin Röcken

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Professor Stephen Shumack

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Professor Daniel Siegel

MD, (New York)

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Committees of the Board

The ILDS Board has 10 Committees who oversee and monitor the work of the ILDS. The ILDS President and Secretary-General are ex-officio members of all ILDS Committees.

Awards Committee

  • K_Kabashima_dd388ffa59cc7f842417f551efca98c9
    Dr. Kenji Kabashima MD, PhD (Kyoto) Chair
  • Dra Ivonne Arellano D44da696c8e512f21ae4d832b5a963a6
    Professor María Ivonne Arellano Mendoza Vice-Chair
  • Ramesh Bhat F486dae48cd4432a5cd440e96ef3895b
    Professor Ramesh Bhat
  • O_Lupi_e780875670e3ea3cef4a331f21cf6f25
    Dr. Omar Lupi MD, MSc, PhD (Rio de Janeiro)
  • D_Siegel_ba5f68fb0afc1ebfabd897cac9d02ee4
    Professor Daniel Siegel MD, (New York)

Communications Committee

  • H Galadari 15ca60df2a99d005eab7e55219c795b4
    Professor Hassan Galadari MD, (Dubai) Chair
  • O_Lupi_e780875670e3ea3cef4a331f21cf6f25
    Dr. Omar Lupi MD, MSc, PhD (Rio de Janeiro) Vice-Chair
  • board_harvey_32a3ca3b2670919b0654adae01d948dd
    Professor Harvey Lui MD FRCPC, (Vancouver)
  • Venkataram Mysore 1 57d6f42c436d40cb043c62a795ef3b75
    Dr. Venkataram Mysore
  • Stephen Shumack 7604feee65e19baaff382b4f454e11f6
    Professor Stephen Shumack

Executive Committee

  • Lars Square 3ee2520a7be67e6b0f31be0c80d51d00
    Professor Lars French MD (Munich) Chair
  • H Galadari 15ca60df2a99d005eab7e55219c795b4
    Professor Hassan Galadari MD, (Dubai) Vice-Chair
  • Roy Chan A85a25c2d0d862bc87951a68f86f7fd2
    Professor Roy Chan
  • B_Dreno_af4088f1641edde0382d413473b6d815
    Professor Brigitte Dréno MD, PhD (Nantes)
  • C_Fuller_0e7557e615e2db6bf88ef124a90239b3
    Dr. Claire Fuller MA FRCP UK, (London)
  • Stephen Shumack 7604feee65e19baaff382b4f454e11f6
    Professor Stephen Shumack

Finance and Fundraising Committee

  • B_Dreno_af4088f1641edde0382d413473b6d815
    Professor Brigitte Dréno MD, PhD (Nantes) Chair
  • Stephen Shumack 7604feee65e19baaff382b4f454e11f6
    Professor Stephen Shumack Vice-Chair
  • Henry Lim 1 A2c9498177c0e12a9b5708b8b52c3ee4
    Dr. Henry W. Lim
  • Venkataram Mysore 1 57d6f42c436d40cb043c62a795ef3b75
    Dr. Venkataram Mysore

Guidelines Committee

  • B_Dreno_af4088f1641edde0382d413473b6d815
    Professor Brigitte Dréno MD, PhD (Nantes)
  • C_Fuller_0e7557e615e2db6bf88ef124a90239b3
    Dr. Claire Fuller MA FRCP UK, (London)

ILDS Emeritus Council

  • R_Cabrera_1ca4e046462210cd3d6c4b7c8047699e
    Dr. Raul Cabrera MD, (Santiago de Chile) Chair

ILDS WCD 2023 Scientific Programme Committee

  • Martin Roecken 5d1fc200c95f0660dde3ed2d084aa14d
    Professor Martin Röcken Chair
  • Henry Lim 1 A2c9498177c0e12a9b5708b8b52c3ee4
    Dr. Henry W. Lim Vice-Chair
  • Ramesh Bhat F486dae48cd4432a5cd440e96ef3895b
    Professor Ramesh Bhat
  • Roy Chan A85a25c2d0d862bc87951a68f86f7fd2
    Professor Roy Chan
  • Jin_Ho_Chung_1_ec543ffee39c61c215b271d312216b1b
    Professor Jin Ho Chung
  • B_Dreno_af4088f1641edde0382d413473b6d815
    Professor Brigitte Dréno MD, PhD (Nantes)
  • Lars Square 3ee2520a7be67e6b0f31be0c80d51d00
    Professor Lars French MD (Munich)
  • H Galadari 15ca60df2a99d005eab7e55219c795b4
    Professor Hassan Galadari MD, (Dubai)
  • K_Kabashima_dd388ffa59cc7f842417f551efca98c9
    Dr. Kenji Kabashima MD, PhD (Kyoto)
  • Margarita Larralde 1 Ba60369e4b0511fc440d7a4d16218a44
    Dr. Margarita Larralde
  • board_harvey_32a3ca3b2670919b0654adae01d948dd
    Professor Harvey Lui MD FRCPC, (Vancouver)
  • board_Pellacani_368d11e49e6ab0495fa567e1268243a0
    Professor Giovanni Pellacani MD, (Modena)

ILDS WHO Committee

  • Lars Square 3ee2520a7be67e6b0f31be0c80d51d00
    Professor Lars French MD (Munich) Chair
  • Borradori Luca 2017 953cb0418b5b6f9d86a97191f9463629
    Professor Luca Borradori Vice-Chair
  • Dra Ivonne Arellano D44da696c8e512f21ae4d832b5a963a6
    Professor María Ivonne Arellano Mendoza
  • C_Fuller_0e7557e615e2db6bf88ef124a90239b3
    Dr. Claire Fuller MA FRCP UK, (London)
  • C_Griffiths_6db163b6498ad67c6e651b6b6012b0af
    Professor Christopher Griffiths* MD, (Manchester)
  • Roderick Hay E4398425e09da127c51ac090bcd8a919
    Rod Hay*
  • board_harvey_32a3ca3b2670919b0654adae01d948dd
    Professor Harvey Lui MD FRCPC, (Vancouver)
  • Venkataram Mysore 1 57d6f42c436d40cb043c62a795ef3b75
    Dr. Venkataram Mysore

* co-opted committee member

International Foundation for Dermatology Committee

  • C_Fuller_0e7557e615e2db6bf88ef124a90239b3
    Dr. Claire Fuller MA FRCP UK, (London) Chair
  • Stephen Shumack 7604feee65e19baaff382b4f454e11f6
    Professor Stephen Shumack Vice-Chair
  • Ramesh Bhat F486dae48cd4432a5cd440e96ef3895b
    Professor Ramesh Bhat
  • Borradori Luca 2017 953cb0418b5b6f9d86a97191f9463629
    Professor Luca Borradori
  • Ncoza Dlova 2 10f7c7c264d5543b43ab513387f8a3f7
    Professor Ncoza Dlova
  • Roderick Hay E4398425e09da127c51ac090bcd8a919
    Rod Hay*

* co-opted committee member

Membership Committee

  • D_Siegel_ba5f68fb0afc1ebfabd897cac9d02ee4
    Professor Daniel Siegel MD, (New York) Chair
  • Margarita Larralde 1 Ba60369e4b0511fc440d7a4d16218a44
    Dr. Margarita Larralde Vice-Chair
  • Jin_Ho_Chung_1_ec543ffee39c61c215b271d312216b1b
    Professor Jin Ho Chung
  • Ncoza Dlova 2 10f7c7c264d5543b43ab513387f8a3f7
    Professor Ncoza Dlova
  • H Galadari 15ca60df2a99d005eab7e55219c795b4
    Professor Hassan Galadari MD, (Dubai)