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Who we are
The AO is a medically-guided, not-for-profit organization, a global network of surgeons, and the premier education, innovation, and research organization for the surgical treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.
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Whatever stage you are at in your career, wherever you are in the world, you can be part of the AO's international community of educators, innovators, researchers, and surgeons.
Our services and resources
The health care environment today is more complex than ever before. Find valuable support in AO resources, for education, innovation, and research.
Explore the diverse opportunities the AO offers to specialists in a wide range of fields. Find your AO pathway.
What we do
The AO's world-leading institutes drive development, innovation, and research, across the AO by delivering value-added products and services to the AO's clinical divisions, clinical unit, its global network of surgeons and operating room personnel, and to its partners. They produce new concepts for improved fracture care, deliver evidence-based decision making, guarantee rigorous concept and product approval, and ensure the timely and comprehensive dissemination of knowledge and expertise. Find out more about the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI), the AO Innovation Translation Center, the AO's clinical research activities, and the AO Education Institute (AO EI).
Years of scientific advances
Patients enrolled in AO Clinical Research studies
AO Technical Commission approved solutions 2009-2019
Surgeons involved in curriculum development
Advancing patient care through innovative orthopedic research and development.
A research division and a full service contract research organization.
The AO's innovation powerhouse, bringing together diverse market-leading activities to better meet current clinical needs.
Dedicated to improving performance through outstanding educational offerings.
The AO has established specialty areas for trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, veterinary and reconstructive surgery. The AO clinical divisions and clinical unit continually redefine the state-of-the-art in their fields, maintaining activities in research, development, clinical investigation and education.
Since the AO was founded, more than 930,500 surgeons and operating room personnel have participated in AO courses to date in over 124 countries.
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Educational event participants
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Our services and resources
AO Surgery Reference
Surgical decision made easy with literature evaluated and prepared for quick reference.
AO Approved Solutions
Offering detailed descriptions of AO Technical Commission Approved Solutions, including videos and cases.
The AO is constantly looking for new ways to reach its audience, improve patient outcomes, and enhance value for its community.
The AO produces a diverse range of medical books, journals, and course materials/presentations.
Our courses and events
Since the AO was founded, more than 930,500 surgeons and ORP have participated in AO courses in over 160 countries.
The future of medical education—today
Join us in Davos from December 3–14, 2023 for the AO's flagship educational event.
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AO educational events
Each year the AO offers 775 educational events around the world, supported by over 7,000 faculty, and attended by over 98,000 participants.
Global Spine Congress
The Global Spine Congress (GSC) is one of the biggest gatherings for thousands of spine surgeons from all over the world.
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