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The International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA) is the formalization of prior biennial international workshops, which were started in 1976 by Drs. John Mulliken and Anthony Young, of specialists interested in the diagnosis, management and investigation of these disorders. ISSVA was officially founded in 1992, two years after its first International Workshop held in 1990 in Amsterdam. The basic concepts behind the workshops has been maintained over the years as the field burgeoned around the original classification of vascular anomalies developed, revised and codified by ISSVA.

Today, the ISSVA workshops, held all over the world, gather hundreds of international specialists of various medical disciplines involved in the treatment of patients afflicted with vascular anomalies. These biennial workshops have fostered time proven personal contacts, collaboration, and informal exchange of scientific knowledge concerning vascular anomalies. The ISSVA membership is comprised of the dedicated physicians, scientists, and nurses who attend the workshops and support the fundamental mission of the organization to improve the lives of patients with vascular anomalies

Vascular anomalies are a group of common and rare disorders of blood vessel growth leading to identifiable vascular lesions and their associated deformities. The official language of the Society is English and the Society is governed by the law of the United States of America.

Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plann

The purpose of ISSVA is to promote, on a national and international level, clinical and scientific research in all fields, that will lead to advances in knowledge concerning all aspects of vascular anomalies and subsequent care of patients afflicted with these conditions. The Society encourages the transmission of data through a free flow of information between its members and interested groups, through workshop meetings, teaching programs and by the publication of pertinent scientific data.

The ISSVA organization has grown quickly over recent years as scientific breakthroughs and interested practitioners have entered the field. ISSVA membership has nearly doubled in over in 10 years. Countries around the world compete for the location of its highly desired international workshops held every other year. ISSVA would like to maintain this level of interest and membership growth, continue to hold premier international workshops, and be the center for education of all things related to vascular anomalies for patients, students, and practitioners. As the organization builds we aim to expand the website services, provide patient information and access to vascular centers across the globe, centralize patient support groups, and be a portal for physicians and patient forums on the subject. ISSVA may also be interested in being the accrediting body of vascular centers emerging worldwide.