Who we are
AO Spine is the premier knowledge provider in spine surgery and at the forefront of education and research.
What we do
“It’s the certainty of being connected to the highest level of knowledge in all areas of spine pathology.”
Luiz Gustavo Dal' Oglio da Rocha, Curitiba, Brazil
AO Spine is the world’s leading community of spine surgeons, and researchers. We have built our reputation on the shared knowledge of our members and a truly second-to-none education, research, and community development.
We continuouslyintegrate the latest spine research advances and treatment outcomes into our educational programs so that our members are at the forefront of spinal care.
Above all, we are passionate about improving patients’ lives and advancing our members’ professional careers through shared knowledge and networking. As part of our global community of over 30,000 spine care professionals, you enjoy privileged access to the latest research, development, and learning.
AO Spine’s rich and proud heritage
Back in 1958, four visionary Swiss surgeons shared a common goal: to conduct research into bone healing within a structured, coordinated study group. It was effectively the birth of the AO (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen—literally translated, “working group for bone fusion issues”).
Year over year, its scope has expanded to keep pace with rapid developments in musculoskeletal surgery and patient care, and in 1984 the AO Foundation was formally established.
By the late 1990s, a group of spine surgeons realized the potential of a specialist organization with a focus on spine. Headed by John Webb, Max Aebi, and Paul Pavlov, and supported by the AO's industrial partners, their initiative led to the creation of an AO Specialty Board for Spine Surgery in 2000. Its mission was to grow spine expertise as a key competence of the AO Foundation, promoting and supporting the individual needs of spine surgeons.
Following a highly successful pilot period, AO Spine was formally established in 2003. Today, our community of surgeons, researchers, and allied spine professionals is over 30,000 strong. We are continuing to grow, taking us to unprecedented heights through innovative programs, fresh ideas, and a team totally committed to spine.