About Us

We are a global network of patient-oriented thyroid disorder organizations.

What We Do​

  • Foster the development of thyroid patient organizations
  • Work with medical professionals to promote awareness and understanding of thyroid disorders.
  • Through member organizations, provide information and support to those impacted by thyroid disorders.

Our Mission​​

Thyroid Federation International aims to work for the benefit of those affected by thyroid disorders throughout the world.

Our history

The Thyroid Federation International first convened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the 11th International Thyroid Congress in September 1995. The vision of a thyroid organization to deal with the problems of thyroid disease in a global perspective was first advocated by Diana Meltzer Abramsky, C.M., B.A. who in 1980 founded the Thyroid Foundation of Canada in Kingston, Ontario Canada – the first patient-oriented thyroid organization in the world. Since then, the idea has received enthusiastic support and leadership from Dr. Lawrence C. Wood of the Thyroid Foundation of America, the Federation’s first president. Starting from a base of six member organizations, the Federation has grown to include thyroid organizations in many parts of the world, including Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and Africa.