About AO Trauma

AO Trauma is an international community of trauma and orthopedic surgeons, musculoskeletal researchers and operating room personnel (ORP), which is dedicated to the delivery of knowledge, experiences and evidence to improve patient care and outcomes in the field of musculoskeletal trauma.In 2008, the AO Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary with the creation of AO Trauma. Guided by the International Board of AOTrauma, it continues to uphold the long-standing successful history of the AO Foundation. AO Trauma provides clear direction and generates and distributes knowledge through research and education programs. The organization educates and facilitates open dialogue to encourage innovation and influences the surgical treatment of orthopedic trauma.


Through its independence, quality of content, outstanding Faculty and access to network resources, AOTrauma leads the way as the largest independent trauma community, enriched by the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes of its members. AO Trauma has condensed the overall intention of its endeavors into three points:
  • Strive for excellence in trauma care
  • Empower the next generation
  • Earn trust through transparency and mutual respect

New mission statement

In 2018 the AO Foundation has replaced its vision and mission statements with one single purpose statement, the "mission statement "Promoting excellence in patient care and treatment outcomes in trauma and musculoskeletal disorders"