Who we are
The AO is a medically-guided, not-for-profit organization, a global network of surgeons, and the world's leading education, innovation, and research organization specializing in the surgical treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.
The AO story: transforming surgery—changing lives
The AO is the premier innovator in the surgical treatment of bone fractures and disorders. Innovation at the AO goes from bench to bedside, including basic research, product development, clinical validation, and valorization.
Our mission: promoting excellence in patient care and outcomes in trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.
Our global community
Today the AO has a global community of over 385,000 health care professionals.
Each year the AO offers more than 830 educational events around the world, supported by nearly 9,000 faculty and attended by over 58,000 participants.
The AO has around 18,500 surgeon members working in the fields of trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, veterinary, and reconstructive surgery.
In the years since the AO has founded, the work that we have done has had a profound impact on surgery, surgeons, ORP, and, crucially, on patient outcomes.
This video interview with AO Past President Nikolaus Renner, recorded during the AO's flagship educational event, the AO Davos Courses, in 2019, explores this impact.
Find your AO pathway
The AO is home to people from all over the world, from different backgrounds, with diverse talents and specialist areas. What binds us together is our passion for excellence, our dedication to our mission of improving patient care, and our understanding that we are stronger together: we are one AO.