AO Technical Commission

The AO Technical Commission sits at the heart of the AO Innovation Translation Center (AO ITC) covering Innovation Clearing and Clinical Expertise for our four specialties: trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, and veterinary surgery.

Medical-technical committees are responsible for the development and clinical testing of new devices and for supporting their educational concepts. Around 120 outstanding surgeons across the world work together with engineers to solve the most pressing clinical problems.

How we work

The AO Technical Commission consists of three specialty AO technical commissions (Trauma, Spine, and CMF), various Global Expert Committees, Expert Groups, and Task Forces which are convened to provide expert opinion in their respective specialist areas. In a collaborative approach, these committees include representation from the AO's trusted partner DePuy Synthes, a Johnson&Johnson Group Company, or other industrial partners, and may involve colleagues from other AO institutes when needed. The AO Technical Commission plays a crucial role in quality control and product development, forming an essential link between the AO's clinical divisions, clinical units, other institutes, initiatives, and the AO's global network.

Governance

[Title]AO TCEB

The AO Technical Commission Executive Board (AO TCEB) supervises and steers activities within the AO Technical Commission and ensures that the priorities are in line with the AO’s mission.


Chair Daniel Buchbinder, US (Chair AO TC CMF) 
Members Michael G Fehlings, CA (Chair AO Clinical Research Review Commission) 
Michael J Raschke, DE (Chair AO TC Trauma) 
Maarten Spruit, NL (Chair AO TC Spine) 

[Title]AO TC Trauma

The AO Technical Commission Trauma defines and prioritizes the projects of its Global Expert Committees, Expert Groups and Task Forces. Furthermore, it supervises the work of its groups, appoints or dissolves groups, and is the body empowered to approve a device or method indicated for the area of Trauma. It comprises the following Global Expert Committees (GECs) which themselves oversee the listed Expert Groups (EGs) and/or Task Forces (TFs) within their anatomical region or specialty:

Chair Michael J Raschke, DE 
Members Keith A Mayo, US 
Carlos F Sancineto, AR 
Andrew K Sands, US 
Wa'el Taha, ZA (Chair AO Trauma EC)
Merng K Wong, SG 
Member without vote Michael P Kowaleski, US (Chair VEGEC)   

  • Lower Extremity GEC (LEGEC)

    Chair Christoph Sommer, CH 
       
    Members Christopher G Finkemeier, US 
    Martin H Hessmann, DE 
    Christina A Kabbash, US 
    Cong-Feng Luo, CN 
    Unni G Narayanan, CA 
    Jong-Keon Oh, KR 
    Matías F Sepúlveda Oviedo, CL 
    Karl K Stoffel, CH 
    Michael P Swords, US 

     

    Foot and Ankle EG (FAEG)


    Chair Michael P Swords, US 
       
    Members Christina A Kabbash, US 
    Tim Schepers, NL 
    Matthew Tomlinson, NZ 

     

    Intramedullary Nailing EG (INEG)


    Chair Christopher G Finkemeier, US 
       
    Members Martin H Hessmann, DE 
    Mark Lee, US 
    Andrew JR Oppy, AU 
  • Pelvic and Joint Preservation GEC (PJPGEC)

    Chair Michael D Stover, US 
       
    Members Ye S Huang, CN 
    Mauricio Kfuri, US 
    Philipp Lobenhoffer, DE 
    Rodrigo F Pesantez, CO 
    J Spence Reid, US 
    Takeshi Sawaguchi, JP 
    Steffen Schroeter, DE 
    Elvire Servien, FR 
    Theodor F Slongo, CH 

     

    MAXFRAME TF (MFTF)


    Chair Theodor F Slongo, CH 
       
    Member J Spence Reid, US 

     

    Pelvic EG (PEEG)


    Chair Michael D Stover, US 
       
    Members Jorge D Barla, AR 
    Robin E Peter, CH 
    Ramesh K Sen, IN 
    David Stephen, CA 
  • Upper Extremity GEC (UEGEC)

    Chair Simon M Lambert, GB 
       
    Members Jonathan Dwyer, GB 
    Thomas J Fischer, US 
    Mario Gasparri, US 
    Harry Hoyen, US 
    Martin Jaeger, DE 
    Chunyan Jiang, CN 
    John Mukhopadhaya, IN 
    Stefaan Nijs, BE 
    Stefan Schulz-Drost, DE 

     

    Hand EG (HAEG)


    Chair Thomas J Fischer, US 
       
    Members Martin Langer, DE 
    Alejandro Lluch Bergada, ES 
    Stephen Tham, AU 
    Sudhir S Warrier, IN 

     

    MatrixRib TF (MRTF)


    Chair Mario Gasparri, US 
       
    Member Stefan Schulz-Drost, DE 
  • Veterinary GEC (VEGEC)

    Chair Michael P Kowaleski, US 
       
    Members Erik Asimus, FR  
    Loïc M Déjardin, US 
    Janik C Gasiorowski, US 
    Fabrice Rossignol, FR 
    W Brian Saunders, US 
    Jeffrey Watkins, US 
       
    Consultant Randy J Boudrieau, US 

     

    Large Animal EG (LAEG)


    Chair Jeffrey Watkins, US 
       
    Members Janik C Gasiorowski, US 
    Fabrice Rossignol, FR 

     

    Small Animal EG (SAEG)


    Chair Michael P Kowaleski, US 
       
    Members Erik Asimus, FR 
    Loïc M Déjardin, US 
    W Brian Saunders, US 
       
    Consultant Randy J Boudrieau, US 
  • Additional EGs

    Asia Pacific EG (ASEG)


    Chair Jong-Keon Oh, KR 
       
    Members Ashok S Gavaskar Kumaresan, IN 
    Ye S Huang, CN 
    Chunyan Jiang, CN 
    Cong-Feng Luo, CN 
    John Mukhopadhaya, CN 
    Andrew JR Oppy, AU 
    Takeshi Sawaguchi, JP 
    Ramesh K Sen, IN 
    Etsuo Shoda, JP 
    Stephen Tham, AU 
    Matthew Tomlinson, NZ 
    Sudhir S Warrier, IN 
    Fang Zhou, CN 

     

    Pediatric EG (PAEG)


    Chair Jonathan Dwyer, GB 
       
    Members John Mukhopadhaya, IN 
    Unni G Narayanan, CA 
    Matías F Sepúlveda Oviedo, CL 
    Theodor F Slongo, CH 

[Title]AO TC Spine

The AO Technical Commission Spine defines and prioritizes the projects of its Expert Groups (EGs) and Project Team (PT) (see below). Furthermore, it supervises the work of its groups, appoints or dissolves groups, and is the body empowered to approve a device or method indicated for the area of Spine.

Chair Maarten Spruit, NL 
Members Bryan Ashman, AU (Chair AO Spine EC) 
Frank Kandziora, DE 
Christian Mazel, FR 
Jean A Ouellet, CA 
Bangping Qian, CN 
Kota Watanabe, JP 
Jack Zigler, US 

  • Cervical Spine EG (CEEG)

    Chair Frank Kandziora, DE 
       
    Members Richard Bransford, US 
    Osmar JS Moraes, BR 
    Chung Chek Wong, MY 
  • Fracture, Tumor and Deformity EG (FTDEG)

    Chair Christian Mazel, FR 
       
    Members Philip Horsting, NL 
    Naresh Kumar, SG 
    Firoz Miyanji, CA 
    Emiliano Vialle, BR 
  • Lumbar Degenerative EG (LDEG)

    Chair Jack Zigler, US 
       
    Members Andreas Korge, DE 
    Avelino Parajon, ES 
    Alexandre Sadao Iutaka, BR 
    Seang-Beng Tan, SG 
  • icotec PT (ICOPT) *

    Chair Christian Mazel, FR 
       
    Members Lorin Benneker, CH 
    Michelle Clarke, US 
    Naresh Kumar, SG 
    Firoz Miyanji, CA 
    Yu-Mi Ryang, DE 
    Maarten Spruit, NL 
    Jean-Paul Wolinsky, US 

    *Collaboration with icotec ag, Switzerland

[Title]AO TC CMF

The AO Technical Commission CMF defines and prioritizes the projects of its Task Forces (TFs) (see below). Furthermore, it supervises the work of its groups, appoints or dissolves groups, and is the body empowered to approve a device or method indicated for the area of CMF.

Chair Daniel Buchbinder, US 
Members Gregorio Sánchez Aniceto, ES (Chair AO CMF IB) 
Nils-Claudius Gellrich, DE 
Gerson Mast, DE 
Damir Matic, CA 
Alf L Nastri, AU 
Member without vote Eppo Wolvius, NL (Chair AO CMF R&D C) 

  • CMF Distraction TF (CDTF)

    Chair Alberto A Rocha Pereira, PT 
       
    Members Stephen Dover, GB 
    Maarten J Koudstaal, NL 
    Gerhard S Mundinger, US 
    Adi Rachmiel, IL 
  • Patient Specific Solutions TF (PSSTF)

    Chair Michael P Grant, US 
           
    Members Thomas Kofod, DK 
    Majeed Rana, DE 
    Patricia M Stoor, FI 
    Jesse A Taylor, US 

[Title]Interdisciplinary groups

Some topics require attention across the specialties. The AO TC Executive Board appoints or dissolves Global Expert Committees (GECs), Expert Groups (EGs) or Task Forces (TFs) working on such topics and the groups may include medical members from different specialties. The groups are either supervised by the AO TC Executive Board or a dedicated specialty AO TC.

  • Anti-Infection GEC (AIGEC)

    Chair Michiel Verhofstad, NL 
       
    Members Kirsten Kortram, NL 
    Willem-Jan Metsemakers, BE 
    William T Obremskey, US 
    Gregory Schroeder, US 
    Andrej Trampuz, DE 
    Peter Vajkoczy, DE 
    Zhao Xie, CN 
  • Computer Assisted and Image Guided Surgery GEC (CIGEC)

    Chair Paul A Gruetzner, DE 
       
    Members Andrew T Bucknill, AU  
    Meir Liebergall, IL  
    Amir Matityahu, US 
    Marc Metzger, DE 
    Greg M Osgood, US 
    Avelino Parajon, ES 
    Alexander Schramm, DE 
    Edward B Strong, US 
    Seth R Yarboro, US 

     

    Smart Digital Solutions TF (SDSTF)


    Chair Benedikt J Braun, DE
       
    Members Bernd Grimm, LU 
    Meir Marmor, US 
    Peter Richter, DE 
    Sureshan Sivananthan, MY
  • Internal Distraction TF (IDTF)

    Chair Chang-Wug Oh, KR 
       
    Members Scott P Bartlett, US 
    Philip Horsting, NL 
    Steffen Rosslenbroich, DE 
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