ISSM Board of Directors
To accomplish its mission, the ISSM relies on the contributions of an outstanding roster of professionals.
President of the International Society for Sexual Medicine mMD, Ph.D, FECSM, Professor Giraldi is Senior Consultant in Psychiatry in the Sexological Clinic at Psychiatric Center Copenhagen and Professor of Clinical Sexology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where she also received her medical degree and PhD. Professor Giraldi has been involved in the field of sexual medicine for many years, educating medical students, nurses, physicians and psychologists in sexual medicine.
Professor Giraldi has been involved in basic research on vascular and smooth muscle function in male and female sexual responses, clinical research on the pharmacological treatment of erectile dysfunction and female sexual desire and arousal disorders as well as in research on somatic disease, psychiatric problems and sexuality. Clinically Professor Giraldi works with men, women and couples with sexual dysfunctions as well with transgender care.
Professor Giraldi has published more than 100 papers, editorials and book chapters in the field of male and female sexual medicine. She is Past Deputy Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and has served as an Associate Editor for Sexual and Relationship Therapy and Sexual Medicine Among her many professional affiliations, Professor Giraldi was previously President of both the Scandinavian Society for Sexual Medicine and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, where she has also served on the Board and Scientific Committee. In addition, she was Chair of the subcommittee on Female Sexual Health for the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM).
Professor Giraldi is currently President of ISSM of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (2020-2022).
Luiz Otavio Torres
Immediate Past President of the International Society of Sexual Medicine (ISSM)
Director of International Relations of the Brazilian Society of Urology (SBU)
Secretary General Elected of SBU
1996-2000 – Member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Society of Sexual Medicine – SLAMS.
2001 – President of the V Latin American Congress of Sexual Medicine - 2002-2003 – Treasurer of SLAMS.
2004-2005 – President of SLAMS - 2004-2010 – Member of the Standards Committee of ISSM.
2006-2008 – Member of the By Laws Committee of ISSM - 2010-2016 – Secretary General of ISSM.
2016-2018 – President Elected of ISSM - 2018-2020 – President of ISSM.
2020-2022 – Immediate Past President of ISSM.
- Medical school & Urology at McGill in Montreal CANADA -1991
- University of San Francisco Neurourology fellowship- 1993
- Associate Prof -McGill Urology, Montreal- 1998
- Professor at Western University- Department of Surgery, London 2021
- Past-President of the Canadian Urological Association
- Past Chair Canadian Men's Sexual Health Council
- Past Chair of the ICSM- Madrid
- Previous Secretary SMSNA
- Previous Secretary General ISSM
- Current President-Elect ISSM
Dr. Arthur (Bud) Burnett received his A.B. degree in Biology from Princeton University and M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He performed post-graduate training in general surgery, urology, and reconstructive urology and urodynamics at the Johns
Hopkins Hospital. At present, he holds the position of Patrick C. Walsh Distinguished Professor of Urology. Dr. Burnett has served in multiple professional capacities with medical organizations and advisory committees. He has made academic contributions consistent with his biomedical research and clinical activities in sexual medicine, major pelvic reconstruction, and genitourinary oncology. He has written more than 300 original peer-review articles, 70 editorial comments, 50 book chapters, and 2 books.
Dr. Kwangsung Park is a Professor of Urology at Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, South Korea. He received his medical degree (1983) and Ph.D. (1993) at Chonnam National University and Urology Board certification in Korea. He also did a fellowship in male erectile dysfunction (1995-1997) at Boston University School of Medicine, USA. Dr. Park is currently the Secretary-General of the ISSM, Director-at-large of the ISSWSH, and EIC of the Investigative and Clinical Urology. He served as an EIC of Sexual Medicine open-access journal (2015-2020).
Members at large
Sandrine Atallah, MD, MHM, FECSM, ECPS is a consultant in sexual medicine and a certified psychosexologist.
She graduated as a Medical Doctor from the Saint Joseph medical Faculty (2004). She then obtained her degree in clinical sexology from René Descartes University, Paris V, Faculty of Medicine (2007), and her degree in Medical Hypnosis from Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris VI, Faculty of Medicine (2005). She has also qualified as a Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine (2014). She is a EFS & ESSM Certified Psycho- Sexologist (2016).
She has additionally a Master in Health and Hospital Management from the ESA (Ecole Superieure des Affaires) and Paris- Diderot (Paris VII) University (2013).
Along with her private medical practice in sexual medicine in Beirut at La Clinique du Levant and at AUBMC (WISH program), she teaches Human Sexuality at several Lebanese universities (Saint Joseph medical Faculty in Beirut and the Lebanese American University).
Secretary general of the MESSM (Middle East Society of Sexual Medicine), she was its treasurer (2017- 2019) and the chairman of its Public Awareness Committee (2011- 2017).
She is also a board member of the Société Francophone de Médecine Sexuelle (SFMS), the co- chair of the ISSM Communication Committee, and the social media coeditor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Actively working on promoting sexual health in the Middle East, she has participated in the development of the MESSM public information website. She was as well the social media editor of the MESSM and its public website (2011- 2018).
Johannes Bitzer is Former Chairman and Professor EM of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University Hospitals of the University of Basel. Trained in OB/GYN and behavioral science/psychotherapy.
Past president of the European Society of Contraception and Past President of the International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology and member of several international executive and advisory boards in family planning, sexology, and menopause.
Editor in Chief of The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care and he was Associate Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
I see my task in ISSM in the support of international networking between medical and psychological scientific societies working in the field of Sexual Health/Medicine with a special focus on education and training.
Prof. Yutian Dai, M.D., has been working in urology and andrology at Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital since 1983 and founded the Department of Sexual Medicine and Andrology there. Dr. Dai has been committed to the study of male sexual dysfunction with more than 170 publications under his name. He is the executive vice president of the China Sexology Association, was elected as a member of APSSM’s executive committee in April 2019, and as a member-at-large on the ISSM executive board in October, 2020.
Dr. Sato is specialist in Urology /Sexual medicine at the Sanjukai Urological Hospital, Sapporo Medical University in Japan
MD: Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan -1986
PhD: Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan -1992
Full residency in urology at Sapporo Medical University Hospital, 1986-1991
Fellowship in sexual medicine: Research associate, Laboratory of Molecular and
Integrative Urology, Department of Urology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, USA 1997-2000
He started as Assistant professor in the Department of Urology, Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine in 2000 and is since 2015 Clinical Professor, Sapporo Medical University and Director of Sanjukai Urological Hospital 2015-present
Dr Sato has been involved in many clinical and basic researches in sexual medicine and urology fields. He has published more than 200 papers and book chapters about male sexual function/dysfunction. The publications include original research, opinion papers, scientific reviews, and editorials. In clinical publication, treatment of erectile function, late onset of hypogonadism, ejaculatory dysfunction, sex function following urological surgeries and general survey of Japanese sexual activity are his main topics. He also has many publications about CNS control of erectile function as basic research.
In current institution, Sanjukai hospital, he has performed many surgeries for urological cancer. Dr Sato put a lot of effort into education of general citizen and urologist in importance of sexual medicine on quality in cancer survivors.
Dr Sato has served as many leaderships position of international and domestic society.
Currently as ISSM member-at-large from 2014-2022 and Vice President of Japanese Society for Sexual medicine （JSSM）2016-present. He also participated in the Editorial Board of JSM since 2017 and was a committee member of 2nd and 4th International Consultation on Sexual Medicine (ICSM). He is Board of director of Japanese Men’s health Society and was Local secretary general of 2020 World meeting Japan.
Representatives Affiliated Societies
Dr. Nagao completed 8 years of plastic surgery training at Showa University Plastic Surgery, obtained the Board certified specialist by Japan Society for plastic surgery, then studied urology at the Department of Urology, Toho University, obtained the Board certified specialist by Japanese Urological Association, the Board certified specialist by Japan Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Board certified specialist by Japanese Society for Sexual Medicine.
Dr. Nagao studied andrology, sexual medicine, and pediatric urology from Dr. Tom Lue, Dr. Baskin, and Dr. Turek at the University of California, San Francisco. His main academic focus and field of study is microsurgery and plastic surgery in the urogenital area. He has published over 100 papers.
Dr. Nagao is the President of JSSM, the Vice President of JSRM, the President of APSSM and the LOC of WMSM2021.
Dr . Talal Ahmed Merdad Consultant Urologist , Andrologist & Microsurgery.
German Board of Urology Düsseldorf University 1994
Fellowship in Infertility & Microsurgery Brussels , Belgium 1995
Fellowship in Andrology & sexual health Holland 1996
Founder/Owner & CEO Dr.Talal Medical Center Riyadh , Saudi Arabia 1997 Former Consultant at KFSH & R C Riyadh , Saudi Arabia 1994-2004
Founder of Saudi Men Health Group -2014
President of MESSM 2019-2022
Dr. Talal Ahmed Merdad became the president of MESSM on the 6th of October 2019. His mission in ISSM is educational and serves a wide variety of researches in many fields such as Andrology , sexual dysfunction and sexual health. His aim is to rebuild MESSM reputation and develop all educational & research channels in order to add new board of director members and to strengthen our committee’s in the society. As well as increasing both the number of members and the affiliation with other societies in the Middle East region.
Adrián Momesso, MD
Graduated from the School of Medicine, Buenos Aires University (1988).
Specialist in Urology since 1995.
Board Member of the Argentine Society of Urology - SAU
President of the Latin American Society for Sexual Medicine - SLAMS
Chief of Urology Department OSECAC - Buenos Aires
Staff Member Centro de Urología - Buenos Aires
Dr. Serge Carrier, M.D, FRSC(C) is professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Dr. Carrier is a urologist at McGill University Health Center. Dr Carrier is the fellowship director of the McGill Sexual Medicine/Genitourinary Reconstructive Urology Fellowship.
Dr. Carrier obtained his medical diploma from the Laval University (Quebec, Canada) where he also completed his urology residency. Dr. Carrier then completed his training as a post-doctoral fellow in andrology, sexual medicine and neurourology at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr Tom F. Lue and Emile Tanagho. His Major Academic Focus and areas of research: Men’s health, Reproduction and Hypogonadism, Sexual and bladder dysfunction, Prostate Health and BPH. He has published over hundred papers.
Dr. Carrier is the president of Sexual Medicine Society of North America. Dr Carrier is a past-president of the Quebec Urological Association, the Société Francophone de Médecine Sexuelle as well as of the Canadian Male Sexual Health Council. He also is a peer reviewer for many journals.
U.S.A. (ex officio member)
Dr. Kim is a Senior Investigator at the Institute for Sexual Medicine in San Diego, as well as an associate editor of Sexual Medicine Reviews. He also serves as President of ISSWSH through March 2022, having held the previous positions of Secretary and President-Elect. A member of the AUA, ISSM, ISSWSH, and SMSNA, Dr. Kim has been engaged in research on the physiology of sexual dysfunction since the mid-1980s. He has published and lectured extensively and has participated in the training of numerous students and fellows in sexual medicine. He was among the early investigators to describe the role of nitric oxide in penile erection and has consistently contributed to the field of sexual medicine with research in both male and female sexual function, being recognized with numerous research prizes from various sexual medicine societies. Dr. Kim was a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Sexual Medicine for the first decade of the journal through 2014. Previously, he has held positions as Assistant Director of the Laboratory for Sexual Medicine Research at the Boston University School of Medicine, Chief Scientific Officer of Alagin Research, a biotechnology company devoted to developing therapeutics and diagnostics in sexual medicine, and Interim Vice President of R&D at Sprout Pharmaceuticals, assisting in gaining regulatory approval for the first treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women in both the US and Canada. Dr. Kim continues to serve as a consultant to other companies developing therapies for sexual dysfunction. Dr. Kim received his BA in biology, MA in biochemistry and PhD in physiology from Boston University and completed a research fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, San Diego.
ISSM Advisory Council
The ISSM Advisory Council is comprised of the Past Presidents of the ISSM and provides advice and recommendations to the ISSM Executive Committee, Board and staff regarding issues being faced by the ISSM and on matters of mutual interest. The Advisory Council shall meet at least twice a year but may be meeting more frequently either independently or in conjunction with the ISSM Board and/or Executive Committee.