The International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) is a non-governmental organisation that promotes the improvement of dermatological care, education and science across the world. We bring together over 160 member societies from more than 80 countries. The ILDS has access to the experience of more than 100,000 dermatologists. We celebrate and share the broad range of approaches to skin health and disease that exist throughout the world.
The International Society of Dermatology was founded by Drs. Aldo Castellani and Frederick Reiss in 1959. The organization 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.