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.


Get all the latest information on AO activities, all over the world, updates from the AO community and the most recent AO innovations.

Global community

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).

Research innovation

Advancing patient care through innovative orthopedic research and development.

Clinical evidence

A research division and a full service contract research organization.

Innovation Translation

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.

Our community

The AO is a network of over half a million health-care professionals in over 160 countries. Since the AO was founded, approximately 1.1 million surgeons and operating room personnel have participated in AO courses.

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.

Online learning

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, approximately 1.1 million surgeons and operating room personnel have participated in AO courses in over 160 countries.

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AO educational events

Each year the AO offers 870 educational events around the world, supported by over 8,000 faculty, and attended by over 82,000 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.

Course finder

Use the course finder tool to see what's on the agenda for upcoming educational events in your field.

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