The AO Foundation is a medically guided nonprofit organization led by an international group of surgeons specializing in the treatment of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Founded in 1958 by 13 visionary surgeons, AO today fosters one of the most extensive networks of currently more than 12,000 surgeons, operating room personnel, and scientists in over 100 countries.

Our vision is excellence in the surgical management of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Our mission is to foster and expand our network of health care professionals in education, research, development and clinical investigation to achieve more effective patient care worldwide.

Serving your clinical needs

Your clinical division serves your needs – AO has established Specialty areas for trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, and veterinary surgery. The AO Specialties continually redefine the state-of-the-art in their field, maintaining activities in research, development, clinical investigation, and education

AOCMF is a driving force in education and research using modern techniques to achieve successful patient rehabilitation for a global community of surgeons.

AOTrauma creates a dynamic environment fostering change through its state-of-the-art research and education and an interactive community, empowering the next generation of surgeons.

AOORP (Theatre Practitioners) aims to offer operating room personnel (ORP) a lifelong learning opportunity within AOTrauma. The program focuses on blended learning where courses, eLearning tools and small learning sessions in a clinical environment are well coordinated with one another.

AOVET's mission is to advance the practice of veterinary surgery to improve patient outcomes by promoting clinical and experimental research, education and development.

AOSpine is composed of surgeons, researchers, ORP, and health care professionals from all continents providing educational, research, consulting and networking opportunities.


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