AO Davos Courses 2018

03. December 2018

AO Davos Courses 2018 opens in Congress Center

Robert McGuire, AO Foundation President, opens the AO Davos Courses 2018

The AO Davos Courses 2018 has begun – a formal opening ceremony was held the Congress​ Center Davos to mark the start of the AO Foundation's annual flagship event. This year the AO is offering 22 courses, and Davos has welcomed 1,200 participants and over 360 faculty from 87 countries for the event, which sees courses offered in the fields of trauma, spine, CMF, veterinary, and recon surgery.

Robert McGuire, AO Foundation President,
opens the AO Davos Courses 2018

During the opening ceremony, AO Foundation President Robert McGuire gave assembled participants and guests an insight into the AO's history, and shared his perspective on what this means for the AO today. He emphasized the AO's reputation for being the gold-standard in education and all its activities, the focus on excellence in patient care and outcomes – as expressed in the AO mission statement, and the truly international nature of the organization.

The desire to effect real, tangible, change in patient outcomes is what drove the founders all those years ago, as they set out on what was to become a surgical revolution. Their new approaches are changing lives today – all around the world.

AO Foundation founder Peter Matter; Urs Jann, former AO Foundation CFO; AO Foundation President Robert McGuire; and AO Foundation founder Thomas Rüedi

He also highlighted how much the AO has grown since those early days, both in geographical terms and in terms of the specialties it covers. The AO remains a leader in surgery, developing new initiatives, such as AORecon, to respond to new and changing needs in the global population. However much the AO changes organizationally, the spirit of free and frank peer-to-peer exchange that made the AO so special 60 years ago remains a vital feature of today's AO. 

Whatever their backgrounds and areas of specialization, AO surgeons, operating room personnel (ORP) and health care professionals work together, motivated by the same goal of delivering improved outcomes for their patients. 

In addition to the AO Foundation's 60th anniversary, the organization is also marking 10 years of AOTrauma, "the largest group and the youngest division" as McGuire described it, noting 
the central role that it has played in the AO's history.

Franco Hübner, Head, ARGO, was presented with a donation from
the AO Foundation​

In addition to the academic program, participants and faculty have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of social activities over the course of these two weeks. Participants from previous years will see that the course venue has been completely re-designed and features images from the AO Research Institute Davos'​ scientific archive. 

The aim of this new approach is to recognize that AO Davos Courses participants come from many different backgrounds and work in many different fields, but that they share one common purpose, which is to work towards excellence in patient care and outcomes. ​​​​​​​​


Icon Geoff Richards, Director, AO Research Institute Davos, presents at the AO Davos Courses 2018
Icon Kodi Kojima, Chairperson AOTrauma International Board, presents at the AO Davos Courses 2018
Icon Robert Hube, AORecon Education Forum, presents at the AO Davos Courses 2018
Icon Olga Harrington, Head Communications, AO Foundation, presents at the AO Davos Courses 2018
Icon The redesigned AO World at the AO Davos Courses 2018
Icon The redesigned AO World at the AO Davos Courses 2018