Founded 60 years ago, the AO is a medically-guided, not-for-profit organization, a global network of surgeons, and the world's leading educational and research organization for the surgical treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.
Today the AO has a global network of over 215,000 health care professionals. Each year it offers over 830 educational events around the world, supported by nearly 9,000 faculty and attended by over 58,000 participants. It has 20,000 surgeon members working in the fields of trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, veterinary, and reconstructive surgery.
In this video, AO Foundation CEO 2011-2018 Rolf Jeker and AO Foundation President Robert McGuire talk about their achievements over the past year, and the AO's plans for the future.Watch video
The AO began with a problem: how to improve patient outcomes. This is the priority for everyone at and involved with the AO. The AO covers different specialist areas, brought together into one global network, one powerhouse of excellence focused on improving patient outcomes.
Today the AO is the leading innovator in the surgical treatment of bone fractures and disorders. Innovation at the AO goes from bench to bed—including basic research and innovation, product development, and clinical validation.
The AO is the world's leading education provider to health care professionals working in the fields of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. Each year it offers over 830 educational events around the world, supported by nearly 9,000 faculty, and attended by over 58,000 participants.
The AO is proud to be a good corporate citizen in all geographies where it has a presence. Locally, and globally, the AO has a positive impact on patients, the health care sector, and communities.
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Annual Report 2018
Download the annual report 2018 as a PDF here. All basic information will be found in the document.Download PDF