History and Past Congresses

History of the ISSVD

The ISSVD was founded in 1970 at the Sixth World Congress of the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FIGO) in New York City. Over the following year, individuals throughout the world who shared a primary interest in vulvovaginal disease were identified and invited to join the new society as founding fellows. The Society’s inaugural session was chartered at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in San Francisco in 1971; representatives of Dermatology and Pathology were also among the Founding Fellows.

Founding Document



At the inaugural Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Vulvar Disease* in San Francisco, California on May 5, 1971, the Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Eduard G. Friedrich, Jr., submitted the following resolution hereafter known as our FOUNDING DOCUMENT:

“WHEREAS, diseases affecting the human vulva are not confined to the limitations of a single medical specialty, nor to the borders of a single nation, and

WHEREAS, there apparently exists no generally agreed upon terminology regarding classification of vulvar disease, and

WHEREAS, the free and efficient communication of facts and ideas is necessary, if we are to apply the ever-advancing wave of medical knowledge to the field of vulvar disease,

WE, the undersigned, do hereby resolve that there is justification for an international society devoted to the subject of vulvar disease and do hereby constitute THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF VULVAR DISEASE.”

This document was signed May 5, 1971 by the following Founding Fellows:

  • G.R. di Paola
  • A.F. Lash
  • J. Donald Woodruff
  • Ernest W. Franklin III
  • Herman L. Gardner
  • Vincent J. Capraro
  • Eduard G. Friedrich, Jr.
  • William C. Fetherston
  • Kane Zelle
  • Raymond H. Kaufman
  • George W. Morley
  • Harold M. Tovell
  • V. Cecil Wright
  • John R.G. Gosling

*At the XII Congress in Quebec on September 23, 1993, the ISSVD voted to modify the name of the Society to THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF VULVOVAGINAL DISEASE.

Click Here to read the Founding President’s Lecture Presented in Queenstown New Zealand, February 2006

Past Presidents and World Congresses of the ISSVD

World Congress’ are preceded or followed by a 2 day-Postgraduate course (dates not included here)

I SPAIN, Marbelca Aug 8, 1973 Dr. Guillermo R. di Paola
II USA, Key Biscayne, Fl Ian. 9-11, 1975 Dr. J. Donald Woodruff
III MEXICO, Cocoyoc Oct 22-24,1976 Dr. Herman L. Gardner
IV FRANCE, Montbazon May 22-25, 1978 Dr. Jean Hewitt
V USA, Maui, Hawaii Oct 21-23 1979 Dr. Raymond H. Kaufman
VI ENGLAND, Cambridge Sept 22-24, 1981 Dr. Charles P. Douglas
VII USA, Lake Buena Vista, Fl Sept 25-29, 1983 Dr. Eduard G. Friedrich, Jr.
VIII FINLAND, Mariehamn Sept 9-12, 1985 Dr. Peter J. Lynch
IX AUSTRALIA, Queensland Aug. 3O-Sept. 3, 1987 Dr. Barry L. Kneale
X USA, Washington, D.C. Oct. 22-26, 1989 Dr. Edward J. Wilkinson
XI ENGLAND, Oxford Sept. 22-26, 1991 Dr. C. Marjorie Ridley
XII CANADA, Quebec Sept 26-30, 1993 Dr. Michel Roy
XIII ARGENTINA, Iguazu Sept. 17-20, 1995 Dr. Nidia Gomez Rueda
XIV ITALY, Baveno Sept. 14-20, 1997 Dr. Dale Brown, Jr.
XV USA, Santa Fe, New Mexico Sept. 26-Oct.2, 1999 Dr. Mario Sideri
XVI PORTUGAL, Sintra/Porto Sept. 30-Oct.6, 2001 Dr. Marilynne McKay
XVII BRAZIL, Salvador Oct. 12-16, 2003 Dr. Jose’ Martinez de Oliveira
XVIII NEW ZEALAND, Queenstown Feb. 20-24, 2006 Dr. Ronald W. Jones
XIX ALASKA, Inside Passage Cruise July 28- Aug 3, 2007 Dr. Libby Edwards
XX SCOTLAND, Edinburgh September 13-17, 2009 Dr. Allan B. MacLean
XXI FRANCE, Paris September 5-8, 2011 Dr. Micheline Moyal-Barracco
XXII ROYAL CARIBBEAN, Mediterranean Cruise October 6-13, 2013 Dr. Jacob Bornstein
XXIII NEW YORK, New York July 27-29, 2015 Dr. Hope Haefner
XXIV ARGENTINA, Mendoza September 11-15, 2017 Dr. Claudia Marchitelli
XXV ITALY, Torino September 18-20, 2019 Dr. Mario Preti

Past Presidents Reunite at the XXII World Congress:

  • Jose Martinez de Oliveira
  • Edward Wilkinson
  • Libby Edwards
  • Peter Lynch
  • Marilynne McKay
  • Jacob Bornstein


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