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The AO has established specialty areas for trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, veterinary and reconstructive surgery. The AO clinical divisions and clinical unit continually redefine the state of the art in their fields, maintaining activities in research, development, clinical investigation, innovation, and education.

Serving your clinical needs


The AO brings together outstanding specialists in their fields.

In many countries, the COVID-19 pandemic is exceeding the capacity of our health care systems. The response to this global threat has been varied with variable outcomes. Nearly everyone in our medical community has questions: How prepared are we? How can we address and manage the influx of patients? What do we do if our capacities are overwhelmed. To help answer these burning questions, AO CMF is offering an online COVID-19 discussion, with surgeons from different regions reporting on the situation from around the world and sharing their experiences.


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Whatever your specialist area, the AO's resources offer you valuable support in enhancing your abilities, learning new skills, and responding to changing clinical needs.

Preclinical Services

ARI activity reports

Get the latest on AO research innovation from the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI).

Experts' Symposia

Where outstanding minds come together in a robust process to improve available treatments.


Our study is a consensus process to improve research efficiency in Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM)

AO Davos Courses

AO Davos Courses

A gateway to excellence in your field, find your AO at our flagship educational event.

Revolutionizing medical data collection with AO Global Data

Dedicated to driving research and improving patient outcomes in your field worldwide

AO Global Data
Hans-Christoph Pape
“Advances in the surgical treatment of trauma have generated the need for more sophisticated RIA instrumentation. The new generation RIA device will allow surgeons to continue to improve outcomes in complex cases where patients require reaming and bone grafting.”

Hans-Christoph Pape, AO Technical Commission member

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