ISD Golden Jubilee History


History of the International Society of Dermatology
Author: Vincent A. Cipollaro

To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the International Society of Dermatology (ISD), the ISD Archivist-Historian, Dr. Vincent Cipollaro, wrote the 50-year history of the Society. Dr. Cipollaro brings his unique insights into the history of the ISD as an eye-witness from its conception until today. The History of the International Society of Dermatology was printed and distributed at the 10th International Congress of Dermatology in Prague, Czech Republic. 

ISD is now pleased to share this document on-line.




About the Author:

Dr. Vincent A. Cipollaro has been a faculty member of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons since 1963 and holds an emeritus title at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. Cipollaro has worked in a selfless manner, a lifetime of dedication to dermatology and the International Society of Dermatology. He has been a stalwart member of the ISD, an unheralded founder of the ISD beginning with organizing its inception in 1959 when he was a dermatology resident in New York working with his uncle, Anthony Cipollaro, and Aldo Castellani. Vincent served as an ISD officer since 1979 when he became Treasurer-General through 1995, then Archivist-Historian through 2004, Board of Directors member through 2009, and is now an honorary member.

No task has been too small or large, whether serving as Chairman of the Nominating Committee (2008-2009) or simply staffing the ISD booth at an AAD meeting. He has written a number of publications, focusing on radiotherapy, and the history of dermatology, including a scholarly monograph on the history of the ISD. His paper on the use of topical podopyllin for keratoacanthoma is noteworthy, too.

In this photo, Dr. Wolfgang Sterry, then ILDS President, presents Dr. Vincent Cipollaro with the 2012 ILDS Certificate of Appreciation at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens during the ISD Reunion.


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