Organization

View the elected officials of the AO Spine Boards and Commissions

AOSpine operates under its own governance model managed by the AO Spine International Board.


AOSpine's governing bodies consist of:

  • the AO Spine International Board
  • the Global Education, Research and Community Development Commissions
  • five regional boards
  • numerous country councils

 

Boards, commissions, and councils

Boards, commissions, and councils are composed of elected representatives and comply with the AO Foundation’s Code of Ethics and Shared Values.  Additional committees and task forces may be appointed.

  • Boards

    Holds strategic and operational decision-making capacity and budgetary control within its defined sphere of influence.

    The five regional boards (Asia Pacific, Europe and Southern Africa, Middle East and Northern Africa, Latin America, and North America) are responsible for overseeing and planning the full range of actions and activities in the respective region. Moreover, they provide regional input to the respective commissions. Each region its own budget, leading to quicker decision-making and ensuring all activities are relevant to the specific regional needs.

     
  • Commissions

    A global, fixed steering group with an open duration, subordinate to the AO Spine International Board.

    The three commissions - Education, Research and Community Development - operate globally and are responsible for establishing standards, leveraging resources, and ensuring best practice knowledge transfer across the regions. The commissions help to define, integrate, and implement coherent policies for the general good of the organization.

     
  • Councils

    Administrative and decision-making unit of an AO Spine Country Chapter. It may or may not have budgetary control.
     
    All regional boards operate country councils. This provides opportunities for local members to get involved in the organization.

Regional boards

  • AO Spine International Board

    Chairperson
    Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran

    Past Chairperson
    K. Daniel Riew

    Education
    Bryan Ashman

    Research
    Dino Samartzis

    Community Development
    Norman Chutkan

    AOSAP Chairperson
    Manabu Ito

    AOSESA Chairperson
    Lorin Benneker

    AOSMENA Chairperson
    Mohammad El-Sharkawi

    AOSLA Chairperson
    Juan Emmerich 

    AOSNA Chairperson
    Michael Daubs

    Member Representative
    Yan Wang

    Member Representative Elect
    Alex Vaccaro

    Executive director
    Jayr Bass

  • AO Spine Europe and Southern Africa Board

    The AO Spine Europe and Southern Africa Board (AOSESA) is the operational body of AO Spine International focused on activities within Europe. AOSESA is a body of surgeons, who have responsibility and accountability for delivering valued products and services to European and Southern African members. The AOSESA Board is elected by the members of the AOSESA Country Chapters.

    Chairperson
    Lorin Benneker 

    Past Chairperson
    Giuseppe Barbagallo

    Education
    Patrick Tropiano

    Community development
    Markus Schultheiss 

    Spine centers and fellowships
    Pedro Berjano

    Research
    Marko Neva 

    Regional director
    Jörg Maassen

  • AO Spine Asia Pacific Board

    The AO Spine Asia Pacific Board (AOSAP) is the operational body of AO Spine International focused on activities within Asia Pacific. AOSAP is a body of surgeons, who have responsibility and accountability for delivering valued products and services to Asia Pacific members. The AOSAP Board is elected by the members of the AOSAP Country Chapters.

    Chairperson
    Manabu Ito

    Past Chairperson

    Chung Chek Wong

    Education (Ortho)
    Yoshiharu Kawaguchi

    Education (Neuro)
    Dong Kiu Chin

    Community development
    Rushama Tandon

    Research
    Jason Cheung

    Spine centers and fellowships
    Abhay Nene

    Regional director
    Kenneth Kam

  • AO Spine Latin American Board

    The AO Spine Latin American Board (AOSLA) is the operational body of AO Spine International focused on activities within Latin America. AOSLA is a body of surgeons, who have responsibility and accountability for delivering valued products and services to Latin American & Central American members. The AOSLA Board is elected by the members of the AOSLA Country Chapters.

    Chairperson
    Juan Emmerich

    Education
    Néstor Taboada

    Education-elect
    Luiz Gustavo da Rocha

    Research
    Marcelo Valacco

    Community development
    Michael Dittmar

    Spine centers and fellowships
    Fernando Alvarado

    Regional director
    Antonio Machado

  • AO Spine Middle East and Northern Africa Board

    The AO Spine Middle East and Northern Africa Board (AOSMENA) is the operational body of AO Spine International focused on activities within the Middle East and Northern Africa. AOSMENA is a body of surgeons, who have responsibility and accountability for delivering valued products and services to Middle East and Northern African members. The AOSMENA Board is elected by the members of the AOSMENA Country Chapters.

    Chairperson
    Mohammad El-Sharkawi

    Past Chairperson
    Abdulaziz Al-Mutair

    Education
    Dr Atiq Uz Zaman

    Research
    Khalid Alsaleh

    Community development
    Mohamed Abdel-Wanis

    Spine centers and fellowships
    Muhammed Assous

    Regional director
    Jörg Maassen

  • AO Spine North America Board

    The AO Spine North America Board (AOSNA) is the operational body of AO Spine International focused on activities within North America. AOSNA is a body of surgeons, who have responsibility and accountability for delivering valued products and services to North American members. The AOSNA Board is elected by the members of North America.

    Chairperson
    Michael Daubs 

    Past Chairperson
    Darrel Brodke

    Education
    John DeVine

    Education-elect
    Rick Bransford


    Research
    Dan Sciubba

    Community development
    Brandon Lawrence

    Fellowships
    Daniel Gelb

    Regional director
    Elizabeth Walker

Commissions

  • Community Development Comission

    The AO Spine Community Development Commission (AOSCDC) is the Marketing Steering body of AO Spine International. It's role is to:

    • develop consistent and practical marketing programs, strategies, and tools for implementation by the AO Spine Regions
    • leverage and share marketing resources across the AO Spine Regions
    • enforce AO Spine's brand and corporate identity
    • manage alliances been AO Spine and other academic bodies
    • develop and run the AO Spine website

    The Commission consists of a Chairperson, who is an Executive Member of the AO Spine International Board, the past Chairperson, and marketing representatives of each of the AO Spine Regional Boards.
    Chairperson
    Norman Chutkan

    Commission members

    Mohamed Abdel-Wanis
    Rushama Tandon
    Markus Schultheiss
    Michael Dittmar
    Brandon Lawrence
  • Education Commission

    The AO Spine Education Commission (AOSEC) is the education steering body of AO Spine International. Its role is to:

    • develop consistent and practical educational programs, strategies, and tools for implementation by the AO Spine Regions 
    • leverage and share educational resources across the AO Spine Regions
    • plan and manage multi-regional educational events

    The Commission consists of a Chairperson, who is an Executive Member of the AO Spine International Board, the past Chairperson, and an education representative (one per region) of each of the AO Spine Regional Boards. 

    Emeritus Chairperson:
    Germán Ochoa

    Chairperson
    Bryan Ashman

    Chairperson Elect
    Emre Acaroglu 

    Commission member
    Dr Atiq Uz Zaman

    Commission member
    John DeVine

    Commission member
    Néstor Taboada

    Commission member
    Patrick Tropiano

    Commission member
    Yoshiharu Kawaguchi

  • Research Commission

    Responsible for global research initiatives, sharing expertise, and leveraging resources across regions. This body defines, integrates, and implements coherent research-related policies for the good of the whole organization.

    Chairperson
    Dino Samartzis

    North America Representative
    Daniel Sciubba

    Middle East Representative
    Khalid Alsaleh

    Asia Pacific Representative
    Jason Cheung

    Europe Representative
    Marko Neva

    Latin America Representative
    Marcelo Valacco

    Knowledge Forum Deformity Representative
    Stephen Lewis

    Knowledge Forum Tumor Representative
    Charles Fisher

    Knowledge Forum Degenerative Representative
    S. Tim Yoon

    Knowledge Forum Spinal Cord Injury Representative
    Brian Kwon

    Knowledge Forum Trauma Representative
    Cumhur Öner

    AO Research Institute Representative
    Mauro Alini

    AOCID Representative
    Martin Schuler

  • Technical Commission

    Chairperson
    Maarten Spruit

    Past Chairpeson
    Robert McGuire

    Commission member
    Frank Kandziora

    Commission member
    Christian Mazel

     

    Commission member
    Jack Zigler

    Commission member
    Kota Watanabe

    Commission member
    Qian Bang-Ping

    Commission member
    Jean Ouellet

Councils

Find members of all country councils here.

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