The Global Vitiligo Foundation (GVF) is a physician-led organization, driven by the mission to improve the lives of people living with Vitiligo. GVF was established in 2011 by Henry Ford Hospital physicians, Drs. Iltefat Hamzavi and Henry W. Lim, who continue to lead the organization today with members from over 15 countries. The foundation organizes vitiligo groups throughout the world and GVF members advocate for research and education for vitiligo.

GVF is governed by an independent board of physicians and supporters who span a variety of institutions and backgrounds.

To fulfill our mission, we bring together clinicians, researchers, support groups, industry, patients, patient advocacy groups and regulatory bodies to raise awareness about Vitiligo, advance our understanding of the disease and its therapies, and ultimately, find a cure.

Our annual meeting is held the day prior to the American Academy of Dermatology’s annual meeting, with the following aims:


  • Review updates in Vitiligo research and form collaborations amongst researchers

  • Strategize about ways to draw more attention to vitiligo as an autoimmune disorder and not merely a “cosmetic” problem

  • Promote efforts of international patient support groups

  • Facilitate roundtable discussion for members to address important issues related to Vitiligo

  • Host an abstract session where research pertinent to Vitiligo is presented


In 2016, the GVF launched a public awareness campaign, “Step Up for Vitiligo,” designed to heighten the understanding of vitiligo, and to generate support amongst the dermatologic and greater medical communities, individuals with vitiligo and their loved ones, as well as the media and public at large.  At the heart of this initiative are compelling educational videos, which can be viewed here.

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