Call for nominations: Election for vacant positions ISSM Board of Directors

October 10, 2017

Dear ISSM Member,

An election will be held to fill vacant positions on the ISSM Board of Directors at our next Business Meeting on Friday, March 2nd 2018 from 06.30 till 07.30 pm in the Lisbon Congress Center, Lisbon, Portugal. The positions that are open for election in 2018 are:

  • President-Elect,
  • Treasurer, and
  • three (3) Members-at-Large.

Any member in good standing may seek election for any of these vacant offices by presenting a petition for nomination signed by any 20 full members of the Society to the Secretary-General. Please click here for the petition form. For the purposes of the election process, separate faxes, or e-mails from the ISSM-registered e-mail address of the nominating members, will be accepted; a single document with 20 signatures is not required. This petition must be received by the Secretary General by December 1, 2017 (at least 84 days before the biennial meeting). Only candidates nominated by this process will be eligible for election; no nominations will be accepted after this date. Under no circumstances will nominations from the floor be permitted at the Business Meeting. The vacant positions and election protocol are described in Article VII and VIII of the Bylaws (see

The Nominating Committee, comprised of the Past Presidents of ISSM and the Presidents of each Regional Affiliated Society (or their representative), is empowered by our constitution to recommend one candidate for each available position. The committee, whose members have particular knowledge of the qualities required of candidates for these positions, will only make such recommendations to further the best interests of the Society; lobbying of committee members is not permitted. It is very important for all members to understand that they may vote for any properly nominated candidate and not just a candidate recommended by the Nominating Committee.

If you have any questions about the nomination and election process, please do not hesitate to contact the ISSM Executive Office.

Yours sincerely,

Wayne J.G. Hellstrom, MD, FACS
Immediate Past President
Chairman, ISSM Nominating Committee