Organizational structure

Learn more about the diversity, inclusion, and mentorship working group.


Steering Committee

Robert McGuire

AO Foundation Board representative
Robert McGuire

MD, AO Foundation President

Amy Kapatkin

Diversity and inclusion representative
Amy Kapatkin

AO North America president


Professor of small animal orthopedic surgery, University of California-Davis

Jaime Quintero

Mentorship representative
Jaime Quintero L.

MD, Profesor Asistente

Depto. de Ortopedia y Traumatología

Hospital Universitario Clínica San Rafael

Bogota, Colombia

Urs Rueetschi

AO Executive Management representative
Urs Rüetschi

Director AO Education Institute


Ttjana Topalovic

Manager AO Access
Tatjana Topalovic

Senior Program Manager Diversity, Inclusion and Mentorship


[Title]Faculty and leader development

Sam Morello

Taskforce lead
Samantha Morello

Associate professor of large animal surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sam Morello

“The AO has a longstanding history of excellence in developing great faculty and leaders. As the lead for the faculty and leader development taskforce for AO Access, our work will be to figure out how best to leverage the solid, and proven infrastructure we have, to help attract, include, and promote a more diverse membership. We also envision this as an opportunity for all of the existing membership, who will be able to integrate the same concepts of diversity and inclusion to improve the educational experiences they provide in the AO educational activities, and even back in their own hospitals and clinics. I’m looking forward to working with other AO members from across clinical divisions, and from all over the world, to learn more about who we are, and where we need to go.”

Samantha Morello, DVM, DACVS

Faculty and leader development taskforce lead

[Title]Officer and faculty selection processes

Matthew Allen

Taskforce lead
Matthew J Allen

Professor of small animal surgery, University of Cambridge

[Title]Mentorship and sponsorship

Pirpiris Marinis

Mentorship task force lead
Marinis Pirpiris

Associate Professor, MBBS, BMedSci, GradDipEpidBiostat, MEpi, PhD, FRACS, FAOrthA


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