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 for the surgical treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.


Get all the latest information on AO activities, all over the world, updates from the AO community and the most recent AO innovations.

Global community

Whatever stage you are at in your career, wherever you are in the world, you can be part of the AO's international community of educators, innovators, researchers, and surgeons.


Our services and resources

The health care environment today is more complex than ever before.  Find valuable support in AO resources, for education, innovation, and research.


Explore the diverse opportunities the AO offers to specialists in a wide range of fields. Find your AO pathway.

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What we do

The AO's world-leading institutes drive development, innovation, and research, across the AO by delivering value-added products and services to the AO's clinical divisions, clinical unit, its global network of surgeons and operating room personnel, and to its partners. They produce new concepts for improved fracture care, deliver evidence-based decision making, guarantee rigorous concept and product approval, and ensure the timely and comprehensive dissemination of knowledge and expertise.
Find out more about the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI), the AO Technical Commission, the AO Education Institute (AO EI), and AO Clinical Investigation and Documentation (AO CID).


Years of scientific advances


Patients enrolled in AO CID studies


AO Technical Commission approved solutions 2009-2019


Surgeons involved in curriculum development

Research innovation

Advancing patient care through 
innovative orthopedic research 
and development.

Clinical evidence

A research division and a full 
service contract research 

 Development innovation

The AO's innovation powerhouse, bringing together diverse market-leading activities to better meet current clinical needs.


Dedicated to improving performance through outstanding educational offerings.

Our community


The AO has established specialty areas for trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, veterinary and reconstructive surgery. The AO clinical divisions and clinical unit continually redefine the state-of-the-art in their fields, maintaining activities in research, development, clinical investigation and education.

Since the AO was founded, more than 660,000 surgeons and operating room personnel have participated in AO courses to date in over 124 countries.



Global community


Educational events per year


Educational event participants


Educational event faculty

Our services and resources


AO Surgery Reference

Surgical decision made easy with literature evaluated and prepared for quick reference. 

AO Approved Solutions

Offering detailed descriptions of AO Technical Commission Approved Solutions, including videos and cases.

Online learning

The AO is constantly looking for new ways to reach its audience, improve patient outcomes, and enhance value for its community.


The AO produces a diverse range of medical books, journals, and course materials/presentations.


Our courses and events

Since the AO was founded, more than 660,000 surgeons and ORP have participated in AO courses in over 124 countries. 

AO Davos Courses

A gateway to excellence in your field, find your AO at this year's AO Davos Courses.

AO educational events

Each year the AO offers over 830 educational events around the world, supported by nearly 9,000 faculty, and attended by over 58,000 participants.

Global Spine Congress

The Global Spine Congress (GSC) is one of the biggest gatherings for thousands of spine surgeons from all over the world. GSC 2020 will take place in Rio de Janeiro. 

Course finder

Use the course finder tool to see what's on the agenda for upcoming educational events in your field.

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