The International Society of Craniofacial Surgery (ISCFS) was founded in June 1983 in Montreal as the Craniofacial Chapter of the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.
The 18 founding members represented the leading plastic surgeons in the world with an interest in and focus on craniofacial surgery.
Initially named the International Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, the organization renamed itself as the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery to more accurately reflect the work of the membership and to acknowledge the divergence of the fields.
- Furnish leadership and foster advances in craniofacial surgery
- Provide a forum for exchange of knowledge pertaining to the practice
- Stimulate research, investigation, and teaching methods for preventing and correcting congenital and acquired craniofacial deformities
- Enhance the study and practice of craniofacial surgery
- Afford recognition to those who have contributed to craniofacial surgery by extending to them membership in the ISCFS.
The Society was founded in June, 1983 in Montreal as the Craniofacial Chapter of the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Eighteen founding members were present at that meeting, held at the time of the International Confederation Quadrennial Congress in Montreal.
The founding members then represented, and in many instances still do represent, the leading plastic surgeons in the world with an interest in and focus on craniofacial surgery. The founding members were:
- Dr. E.P.Caronni
- Mr D.J. David
- Dr M.T. Edgerton
- Dr. I.T. Jackson
- D. B. Johanson
- Dr. H.K. Kawamoto
- Dr. D. Marchac
- Dr J.G. McCarthy
- Dr I.R. Munro
- Dr J.E. Murray
- Dr. F. Ortiz-Monasterio
- Dr. J. Psillakis
- Dr K.E. Salyer
- Dr M. Striker
- Dr P.Tessier
- Dr J. C. van der Meulen
- Dr. L.A.Whitaker
- Dr. S.A. Wolfe.
Paul Tessier was elected Honorary President at that meeting, and a by-laws committee was established.
Criteria were set for entrance to membership, particularly including the necessity for having formal training by a team recognized internationally, the necessity for having publications in the field of craniofacial surgery in the 24 months prior to application, and the need for doing a certain number of intracraniofacial procedures per year.
Initially, the Society was named the International Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery. However, because of the divergence of the fields, and in the interest of clarification, the name was subsequently changed to its current form, the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery.
The Society’s first meeting was held in 1985 in La Napoule, France, with Paul Tessier presiding as honorary President. In 1987, the meeting was held in New Delhi, India at the time of the International Confederation meeting, Dr. Paul Tessier presiding.
In 1989, ISCFS met in Florence, Italy, Ian Munro presiding; in 1991, the meeting was in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, following the International Confederation meeting, Dr. Joseph McCarthy presiding. In 1993, the ISCFS met in Oaxaca, Mexico, Fernando Ortiz-Monasterio presiding. At the 1995 meeting in St. Tropez, France, Daniel Marchac presided.
The Seventh Biennial Congress of the Society was the first time the ISCFS met in the United States. The ISCFS gathered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 15-17, 1997, and Linton A. Whitaker presided.
The seventh biennial meeting was attended by more registrants than were present at the previous meeting, continuing the steady biennial increases in attendance. At the ISCFS’s latest meeting, held in France, 270 registrants attended from 29 countries.
The biennial Congress’ paper presentations have evolved from descriptions of basic techniques of how to do craniofacial surgery, at the original meeting, to outcomes studies and presentations of new techniques.
Most recently, meeting papers have addressed such matters as: a focus on molecular biology as it relates to craniofacial growth and development, minimally invasive procedures for treatment of craniofacial anomalies such as distraction osteogenesis, the use of endoscopic procedures, application of advanced imaging techniques, and the continuing assessment of methodology currently in use.