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, 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

  • AO Technical Commission Executive Board

    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.


    Buchbinder Daniel Chair USA

       
    Raschke Michael J
    Member
    Germany
    Spruit Maarten  Member
    Netherlands
    Fehlings Michael G
    Member
    Canada

Trauma

  • AO Technical Commission 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.
     
    Raschke Michael J Chair Germany
           
    Mayo Keith A Member  USA
    Sancineto Carlos F Member  Argentina
    Sands Andrew K Member  USA
    Wong Merng K Member  Singapore
    Kowaleski Michael P Member without vote (Chair VEGEC) USA

     

  • Upper Extremity Global Expert Committee

    Lambert Simon M Chair United Kingdom
       
    Mukhopadhaya John Member India
    Jiang Chunyan Member China
    Dwyer Jonathan Member United Kingdom
    Hoyen Harry Member USA
    Nijs Stefaan Member Belgium
    Fischer Thomas J Member USA
    Gasparri Mario Member USA
    Jaeger Martin Member Germany
    Schulz-Drost Stefan Member Germany
  • Hand Expert Group

    Fischer Chair Thomas J Chair  USA
           
    Tham Stephen  Member
    Australia
    Warrier Sudhir S
    Member
    India
    Langer Martin  Member
    Germany
    Lluch Bergada  Alejandro
    Member
    Spain
  • MatrixRib Task Force

    Gasparri Mario Chair  USA
           
    Schulz-Drost Stefan  Member
    Germany
  • Lower Extremity Global Expert Committee

    Sommer Christoph Chair  Switzerland


       
    Finkemeier
    Christopher G Member
    USA
    Hessmann Martin H Member
    Germany
    Kabbash Christina A Member
    USA
    Luo Cong-Feng Member
    China
    Narayanan Unni G Member
    Canada
    Oh Jong-Keon Member
    South Korea
    Sepúlveda Oviedo Matías F
    Member
    Chile
    Stoffel Karl K Member
    Switzerland
    Swords Michael P Member
    USA
  • Foot and Ankle Expert Group

    Swords Michael P Chair  USA


       
    Kabbash
    Christina A Member
    USA
    Schepers Tim Member
    Netherlands
    Tomlinson Matthew  Member
    New Zealand
  • Intramedullary Nailing Expert Group

    Finkemeier Christopher G Chair  USA


       
    Hessmann 
    Martin H  Member
    Germany
    Lee Mark Member
    USA
    Oppy Andrew JR Member
    Australia
  • Pelvic and Joint Preservation Global Expert Committee

    Stover Michael D  Chair  USA


       
    Huang
    Ye S Member
    China
    Kfuri  Mauricio  Member
    USA
    Lobenhoffer  Philipp Member
    Germany
    Pesantez  Rodrigo F  Member
    Colombia
    Reid  J Spence Member
    USA
    Sawaguchi Takeshi  Member
    Japan
    Schroeter Steffen  Member
    Germany
    Slongo Theodore F Member
    Switzerland 
    Servien Elvire Member
    France 
  • Pelvic Expert Group

    Stover Michael D Chair  USA


       
    Barla
    Jorge D Member
    Argentina
    Peter Robin E Member
    Switzerland
    Sen Ramesh K Member
    India
    Stephen David  Member
    Canada
  • MAXFRAME Task Force

    Slongo Theodor F Chair  Switzerland 


       
    Reid 
    J Spence Member
    USA
  • Pediatric Expert Group

     

    Dwyer Jonathan Chair  United Kingdom


       
    Slongo
    Theodor F Member
    Switzerland
    Narayanan Unni G Member
    Canada
    Mukhopadhaya John Member
    India
    Sepúlveda Oviedo Matías F Member
    Chile
  • Asia Pacific Expert Group

     

    Oh Jong-Keon Chair  South Korea


       
    Shoda
    Etsuo Member
    Japan
    Zhou Fang Member
    China
    Gavaskar Kumaresan Ashok S Member
    India
    Oppy Andrew JR Member
    Australia
    Jiang Chunyan Member  China
    Luo
    Cong-Feng
    Member
    China
    Mukhopadhaya
    John Member
    China
    Tomlinson Matthew Member
    New Zealand
    Sen Ramesh K Member
    India
    Tham Stephen Member
    Australia
    Warrier Sudhir S Member
    India
    Sawaguchi Takeshi Member
    Japan
    Huang Ye S Member
    China
  • Veterinary Global Expert Committee

    Kowaleski Michael P Chair  USA


       
    Asimus
    Erik Member
    France 
    Déjardin  Loïc M Member
    USA
    Rossignol  Fabrice Member
    France 
    Saunders  Brian Member
    USA
    Watkins  Jeffrey P Member
    USA
    Gasiorowski  Janik C Member
    USA
    Boudrieau  Randy  Consultant
    USA
  • Large Animal Expert Group

    Watkins Jeffrey P Chair  USA


       
    Rossignol 
    Fabrice  Member
    France 
    Gasiorowski  Janik C  Member
    USA
  • Small Animal Expert Group

    Kowaleski  Michael P Chair  USA


       
    Asimus 
    Erik  Member
    France
    Déjardin  Loïc M Member
    USA
    Saunders  Brian  Member
    USA
    Boudrieau Randy  Consultant
    USA

Spine

  • AO Technical Commission Spine


    The AO Technical Commission Spine defines and prioritizes the projects of its Expert Groups. 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.
     
    Spruit  Maarten  Chair Netherlands 
           
    Kandziora  Frank  Member  Germany 
    Mazel  Christian  Member  France 
    Ouellet  Jean A  Member  Canada 
    Qian  Bangping  Member  China 
    Watanabe  Kota  Member Japan 
    Zigler  Jack E Member USA
    Ashman  Bryan C Member without vote (AO Spine EC) Australia 
  • Lumbar Degenerative Expert Group

    Zigler Jack E Chair  USA


       
    Korge
    Andreas Member
    Germany
    Parajon Avelino Member
    Spain
    Sadao Iutaka Alexandre Member
    Brazil
    Tan Seang Member
    Singapore
  • Cervical Spine Expert Group

    Kandziora Frank Chair  Germany


       
    Bransford
    Richard Member
    USA
    Santos de Moraes Osmar J Member
    Brazil
    Wong Chung C
    Member
    Malaysia
  • Fracture, Tumor and Deformity Expert Group

    Mazel Christian Chair  France


       
    Horsting
    Philip Member
    Netherlands
    Kumar Naresh Member
    Singapore
    Menon Venugopal K Member
    India
    Vialle Emiliano Member
    Brazil
    Miyanji Firoz Member
    Canada

CMF

  • AO Technical Commission CMF


    The AO Technical Commission CMF defines and prioritizes the projects of its 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 CMF.
     

    Buchbinder Daniel 
    Chair USA
           
    Gellrich Nils-Claudius 
    Member  Germany 
    Mast  Gerson  Member  Germany 
    Matic  Damir  Member  Canada 
    Nastri  Alf L  Member  Australia 
    Wolvius  Eppo  Member without vote (Chair AO CMF R&D C) Netherlands
    Sanchez-Aniceto Gregorio  Member without vote (Chair AO CMF IB) Spain

     

  • Patient Specific Solutions Task Force

    Grant Michael P
    Chair  USA


       
    Rana
    Majeed Member
    Germany 
    Taylor  Jesse A 
    Member
    USA 
    Stoor  Patricia M Member
    Finland 
    Kofod  Thomas 
    Member
    Denmark 
  • CMF Distraction Task Force

    Rocha Pereira Alberto A Chair  Portugal


       
    Dover
    Stephen
    Member
    United Kingdom
    Koudstaal Maarten J
    Member
    Netherlands
    Mundinger Gerhard S
    Member
    USA
    Rachmiel Adi
    Member
    Israel

Interdisciplinary groups

Some topics require attention across the specialties. The AO TC Executive Board appoints or dissolves groups 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.

  • Computer Assisted and Image Guided Surgery Global Expert Committee

    Gruetzner  Paul A  Chair Germany
           
    Bucknill  Andrew T  Member  Australia 
    Liebergall  Meir  Member  Israel 
    Matityahu  Amir  Member  USA
    Metzger Marc  Member  Germany
    Osgood Greg M  Member  USA
    Parajon Avelino  Member  Spain
    Schramm Alexander  Member  Germany
    Strong Edward B
    Member  USA
    Yarboro Seth R  Member  USA
  • Smart Digital Solutions Task Force

    Braun  Benedikt J  Chair Germany
           
    Grimm Bernd  Member  Australia 
    Marmor Meir  Member  Israel 
    Richter Peter  Member  USA
    Sivananthan Sureshan  Member  Germany
  • Anti-Infection Global Expert Committee

    Verhofstad  Michiel Chair Netherlands
           
    Kortram  Kirsten  Member  Netherlands
    Metsemakers  Willem-Jan  Member  Belgium
    Obremskey  William T  Member  USA
    Trampuz  Andrej  Member  Germany
    Vajkoczy  Peter  Member  Germany
    Xie Zhao Member  China
    Schroeder Gregory  Member  USA
  • Internal Distraction Task Force

    Oh Chang-Wug  Chair South Korea 
           
    Bartlett  Scott P  Member  USA
    Horsting  Philip Member  Netherlands
    Rosslenbroich  Steffen  Member  Germany
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