Our history

ICMDA's History

Societies, or meetings of Christian doctors and dentists, have existed in some countries for over a hundred years. In the early 1950’s personal contacts developed into meetings between existing Christian Medical Fellowships, and then in 1963 the first International Congress of Christian Physicians (ICCP) was held in Amsterdam. Further Congresses were held in Oxford and Oslo in 1966 and 1969, during which a constitution and committee structures were finally agreed.

From these beginnings the Association grew rapidly. The nature of the organisations changed from a movement which held just triennial conferences to one which was a truly international association with an ongoing work between major congresses by which relationships between Christians in both medicine and dentistry could be strengthened, and national movements assisted to attain their aims. This change in concept was reflected in the change of name to the International Christian Medical and Dental Association, adopted in 1986, at the Cancun Congress.

World Congresses

  • 1963  Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1966  Oxford, UK
  • 1969  Oslo, Norway
  • 1972  Toronto, Canada
  • 1975  Singapore
  • 1978  Davos, Switzerland
  • 1982  Bangalore, India
  • 1986  Cancun, Mexcio
  • 1990  Seoul, South Korea
  • 1994  Stavenger, Norway
  • 1998  Durban, South Africa
  • 2002  Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2006  Sydney, Australia
  • 2010  Punta del Este, Uruguay
  • 2014  Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2018  Hyderabad, India
  • 2022  Arusha, Tanzania

Past CEOs/General Secretaries

  • 1963-1969  Douglas Johnson
  • 1969-1982  Part-time & honorary
  • 1982-1992  Keith Sanders
  • 1992-1999  John & Thea Reader
  • 1999-2002  Peter Pattisson
  • 2002-2004  Ralph Sinn
  • 2004-2010  Daryl Hackland
  • 2010-2018  Vinod Shah
  • 2019-present  Peter Saunders