About the AO Foundation
The AO Foundation
The AO Foundation is a medically guided, not-for-profit organization led by an international group of surgeons specialized in the treatment of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Founded in 1958 by 13 visionary surgeons, AO today fosters one of the most extensive networks of currently more than 16,000 surgeons, operating room personnel, and scientists in over 100 countries.
Our vision is excellence in the surgical management of trauma and disorders
of the musculoskeletal system.
Our mission is to foster and expand our network of health care professionals in education, research, development and clinical investigation to achieve more
effective patient care worldwide.
Serving your clinical needs
Your clinical division serves your needs—AO has established specialty areas for trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, and veterinary surgery. The AO Clinical Divisions continually redefine the state-of-the-art in their fields, maintaining activities in research, development, clinical investigation, and education.