The International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society (IFMSS) started in 1882, was formalized in 1983 and meets on an annual basis. Venues alternate between North America and other sites around the world. Attendees include pediatric surgeons, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, obstetrician-gynecologists, geneticists and ethicists. The offical organ of the IFMSS is Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, published by Karger, Inc.
The purpose of the Society is to: Promote and encourage the development and advancement of the field of fetal diagnosis and therapy. Advance the cause of education and research relating to the field of fetal diagnosis and therapy or other reasonably related medical or scientific pursuits. Promote the establishment of a mutually beneficial relationship among its members. The Society is committed to the support of young investigators. The International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Foundation was initially established through a generous donation from Mrs. Karl Storz and from donations from members of the Society. Each year travel awards are given to young investigators who are less than two years beyond the completion of their advanced training based on peer review of submitted abstracts. In addition, a travel award in memory of the Society’s 13th President, Camille Vandenberghe - the Vandenberghe-Storz award - is presented to the young investigator deemed to have the best presentation of the meeting.