One AO—LearnX 2023: Leading Transformation

Join us as we exchange ideas for creating positive change in healthcare, leadership, surgical education, and training.

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We're bringing together 300 surgeons, including residents and fellows, to experience the AO NA spirit and learn from nationally and internationally known guest speakers. Take this opportunity to learn, network, share of best practices, and experiencing the AO community through several planned social activities.

This year’s One AO takes place April 28-30, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. Board and committee meetings take place April 27, 2023.

Join us and together we will

  • Support and recognize research by residents and fellows
  • Explore technologies and solutions that augment surgical training and patient care
  • Interact with Sponsors and Exhibitors
  • Participate in technology showcases and demos
  • Take part in a symposium focused on “Women in Surgery”
  • Experience community spirit through social events—guests are welcome
  • Celebrate AO NA faculty through the “Educator of the Year” awards
  • Engage with your peers and discuss important topics

One AO—LearnX 2023 Speaker Spotlights

Garth Graham, MD, MPH, FACC

Director and Global Head of Healthcare and Public Health at Google/YouTube

A cardiologist, researcher, and public health expert, Dr. Garth Graham joined Google in 2020 as Head of YouTube Health. He previously served in two US administrations as US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and was Assistant Dean for Health Policy and Chief of Health Services Research in the department of medicine at the University of Florida School of Medicine.

Most recently, Dr. Graham served as President of the Aetna Foundation as well as Vice President & Chief Community Health Officer at CVS Health. He currently sits on several boards, including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Advisory Council, the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, and the board of the National Quality Forum.

Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc 

President and Chief Executive Officer, ACCME

Dr. Graham McMahon leads efforts to leverage the power of accredited CME to address national and international healthcare challenges. In collaboration with ACCME's governance, he oversees initiatives to fulfill ACCME’s mission and vision by setting standards for education that accelerate learning, change, and growth in healthcare; and by sustaining a framework that supports, inspires, and motivates educators to achieve their full potential.

Catherine Reinis Lucey, MD, MACP

Vice Dean for Education and Executive Vice Dean for the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Dr. Catherine Reinis Lucey directs the undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education programs of the UCSF School of Medicine and the Office of Medical Education. She is on the executive management team for the School of Medicine’s Differences Matters Initiative and oversees other strategic initiatives for the medical school and the campus.

Dr. Lucey’s national portfolio of work has included membership on the National Academy of Medicine, the Board of Directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American Board of Medical Specialties. Additionally, she served as Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Joseph Zwischenberger, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky

Dr. Joseph Zwischenberger received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine. He completed residencies in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery. He completed a Critical Care/ECMO fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich. He also completed a Cardiac Surgery fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Zwischenberger is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD

Professor of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, Director of the Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement (T.E.C.I.) Center

Dr. Carla Pugh's clinical area of expertise is Acute Care Surgery and her research involves the use of simulation and advanced engineering technologies to develop new approaches for assessing and defining competency in clinical procedural skills. Dr. Pugh is considered to be a leading, international expert on the use of sensors and motion tracking technologies for performance measurement.

Julie Dirksen

Author, Design For How People Learn

Julie Dirksen is the author of the book Design For How People Learn and a learning strategy consultant with a focus on incorporating behavioral science into learning interventions. She has experience creating digital learning experiences for diverse clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, international NGOs, technology startups, and grant-funded research initiatives. She loves brains, and games, and evidence-based practice.

Dirksen's MS degree is in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and she has been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is a Learning Guild Guildmaster.  She is happiest whenever she gets to learn something new and you can find her online at

Travis May

Workforce Innovation & Strategy, Groove Jones

Travis May has over two decades of creating, building, and leading global programs from intelligence, security, learning & development, training, and workforce innovation. He is a recognized expert in XR technology and innovation, having led early development efforts with immersive technologies for Mastercard.

May spearheaded the use of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) for Learning & Development and remote workforce collaboration, seeing marked improvement in staff engagement, knowledge retention, and collaboration, which helped shape the foundation for XR use throughout the enterprise.

Resort activities

During your free time between AO NA-sponsored activities, enjoy one of the many unique outdoor and cultural activities the Tamaya resort offers for all ages:

  • Horseback trail rides, yoga & horse experiences, and weekly rodeo nights
  • Complimentary bicycles and helmets for pedaling around the resort landscape
  • Jeep tours through Albuquerque and Santa Fe to experience natural wonders and historic sites
  • Hot air balloon rides over the resort, Sandia Mountains, and Rio Grande River Valley

Visit the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa's website to learn more.

Exhibitors and sponsorships

Support the One AO—LearnX 2023 event and gain access to an  audience of multispecialty healthcare professionals.