Organizational structure and governance

The AO's structure mirrors its functional areas. The AO's institutes, clinical divisions, and clinical unit, are responsible for education, research, development, innovation, clinical investigation, and approval of new devices or methods. The management boards support and supervise the implementation of AO activities.

AO Governance Structure

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Assembly of Trustees

The Assembly of Trustees is the "AO parliament," comprising 95 leading surgeons from around the world and 29 Honorary Members.

AO Foundation Board

Find out more about the AO Foundation Board, the AO's governing body.

AO Presidents

See who has served as AO Foundation president from its establishment in 1984 to the present.

AO Executive Committee

The AO Executive Committee reports directly to the AO Foundation Board, and includes the CEO, CFO/COO and executive directors representing key areas of AO activity.