AO Research Institute Davos (ARI)


The AO Foundation's mission is promoting excellence in patient care and outcomes in trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.

In its work to further the AO Foundation's mission, ARI's purpose is to advance patient care through innovative orthopedic research and development.

Orthopedics concerns musculoskeletal, spine and cranio-maxillo-facial trauma, degenerative musculoskeletal diseases, infections, and congenital disorders.


  • Contribute high quality applied Preclinical Research and Development (exploratory and translational) focused towards clinical applications/solutions.
  • Investigate and improve the performance of surgical procedures, devices and substances.
  • Foster a close relationship with the AO medical community, aca​demic societies, and universities.​
  • Provide research environment/support for AO clinicians.

ARI Advisory Committee

ARI Advisory Committee (ARI AC) 

The AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) receives expert guidance and advice to ensure the most effective use of its resources. All new intramural funded projects are reviewed and discussed by the ARI Advisory Committee (ARIAC) ​​prior to the final decision of the ARI director. The projects are then regularly monitored by the ARIAC until their completion, with input being provided at every step. This greatly increases the quality of new and running projects, while maintaining the long term strategic goal of the ARI.


AO Clinical Investigation and Documentation (AOCID)


AO Clinical Investigation and Documentation (AOCID) is committed to excellence and quality. As the provider of choice of the AO Community in clinical research, clinical research education, and health economics analysis, we plan and execute the most pertinent clinical studies, design state-of-the-art clinical research education, and apply health economic techniques to validate current practice in the field of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. 

Our Vision

A leading clinical research and health economics institute in trauma and orthopedic surgery

Our Mission

Service to patients worldwide through quality clinical studies, clinical research education, and expertise in health economics

CID Advisory Committee

The AOCID Advisory Committee​ is a body comprised of members with surgical or business expertise. Together, they set the clinical research directions for AOCID and provide expert advice. 

In addition, the Director of AOCID, the CEO, COO, and CFO of the AO Foundation serve as ex-officio members. The AOCID Advisory Committee meets twice a year to review progress and set strategic goals.

As of August 2018, the committee members​ are:​

  • Michael Fehlings, Chairperson​
  • Andreas Platz, Medical Member
  • Risto Kontio, Medical Member
  • Linggawati Tanamal, Business Expert