AO Davos Courses 2017

10. December 2017

AO President welcomes participants to Week 2

AO Foundation President Nikolaus Renner welcomes guests to the Davos Courses 2017

AO Foundation President Nikolaus Renner formally announced the opening of the second week of the Davos Courses 2017 on Sunday in a ceremony attended by many of the world's elite in orthopedic and trauma surgery.

The Davos Courses are the flagship educational event of the year and an important catalyst for advancing patient care in trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, reconstructive, and veterinarian surgery.

Addressing first-time participants in the hundreds-strong audience at Congress Center Davos, Nikolaus Renner said: "You made it, you made it to the Mecca of osteosynthesis."

"This is the venue where everything started almost 60 years ago and where everything grew from in the different clinical divisions as we know them today."


At Sunday's opening ceremony, local foundation ARGO received a donation of 10,000 Swiss francs as part of the AO Foundation's corporate social responsibility commitment to supporting the community.

Prof Bryan Ashmann, the AOSpine Education Commission Chair, described his journey through the AO from a course participant in 1993 through to his current position.

"Your AO journey starts here," he told the assembled guests.

The director of the AO Research Institute, Prof Geoff Richards, then gave a status update of the institute's cutting-edge research projects.

New courses

The first week of the Davos Courses focused chiefly on trauma and reconstructive surgery, and wrapped up Saturday with a brand-new course in disaster-zone limb surgery.

The second week will feature a broader array of courses held by AOSpine, AOCMF, AOVET and AONeuro, delivered by the leading faculty in their respective fields.

Aside from the regular educational offerings that provide state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to the next generation of surgeons, highlights of the first seven days included:

  • The launch of the AO Principles of Fracture Management—Third Edition
  • The first-ever crossover course held by AOTrauma/AORecon on periprosthetic fracture management of the hip and knee
  • The Meet the Experts sessions held by the AO Technical Commission (AOTK)
  • A visit from the youngest group of pupils ever to come to the Davos Courses

Visit the web pages of the individual clinical divisions to learn more about their presence at the Davos Courses 2017.

At least two dozen courses are on offer across the AO Foundation's clinical divisions and institutes, with the goal of educating the next generation of surgeons in groundbreaking techniques and state-of-the-art technologies that have the potential to transform their profession in the years to come.


Icon Prof Bryan Ashmann, AOSpine Education Commission Chair
Icon Prof Geoff Richards, ARI director