On the 31th of May 2004 the International Endohernia Society was founded in Kallithea located on the peninsula Chalkidiki/Greece. The founding members mainly coming from Germany and Greece were general and visceral surgeons highly interested in laparo-endoscopic hernia repair. The meeting which was hosted by Prof. Dr.med. Ioannis Kanellos, University of Thessaloniki, was characterized by an atmosphere of friendship and high scientific spirit. The IEHS was founded as an international network to bring laparo-endoscopic hernia surgeons from all over the world together for further development of minimal invasive hernia surgery. Reinhard Bittner and Ferdinand Köckerling were authorized by the delegates to serve as the first President resp. General Secretary of the new society.