Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD
Clarence S. Livingood & Henry Ford Health System
Iltefat Hamzavi MD, FAAD
Hamzavi Dermatology & Henry Ford Health System
The Global Vitiligo Foundation (GVF), as we know it today, was originally the Vitiligo Working Group, a committee of the Skin of Color Society (SOCS). The Global Vitiligo Foundation was formally established in 2011 by Henry Ford Hospital physicians, Drs. Henry W. Lim and Iltefat Hamzavi, but was only incorporated in 2016. Drs. Lim and Hamzavi continue to lead the organization today with associated physicians and people with vitiligo.
World Vitiligo Day-USA (WVD-USA)
Since 2016 the USA has hosted a World Vitiligo Day-USA event.
It first started in 2016 when, hosted by VitFriends, vitiligo organizations across the USA met in Washington, D.C. for the first World Vitiligo Day–USA celebration of the event.
- 2016 in Washington D.C.
- 2017 in Detroit, MI
- 2018 in Worcester, MA
- 2019 in Houston, Texas
- 2020 Virtual WVD-USA (Watch it online)
- 2021 Virtual WVD-USA (Watch it online)
In 2022 we anticipate more than 250 people will convene in Minneapolis, MI for the WVD-USA celebration. Click here for additional information.
WVD Global Information
In 2011 the first World Vitiligo Day event was held thanks to thanks to two organizations VR Foundation (USA) and VITSAF (Nigeria). For more information on the WVD global events click here.
Each year, prior to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) annual meeting, GVF hosts a scientific symposium that highlights the research and knowledge of both up and coming vitiligo researchers and those who have and continue to build the foundational knowledge about vitiligo.
Vitiligo International Symposium (VIS)
Stared in 2016 by Drs. Mauro Picardo and Allen Taieb, the Vitiligo international Symposium (VIS) has grown into one of the largest gatherings of vitiligo researchers and specialized practitioners in the world.
VIS activities often include invited speakers, short and long-format lectures, scientific posters, and workshops. The greatest minds from around the world present their research on vitiligo.