American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is an orthopaedic organization.

AAOS Building - Rosemont, IL


Founded at Northwestern University in 1933, the AAOS has grown to include over 36,000 members.[1] The group provides education and practice management services for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals. The AAOS also lobbies and works on public education. The AAOS describes itself as "the world's largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists."[2]

In 1997, the AAOS Board of Directors founded The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which engages in health policy and advocacy activities on behalf of orthopaedic musculoskeletal patients and the orthopaedic surgeons.[citation needed] The AAOS publishes the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.[3]

The AAOS annual meeting is among the largest medical meetings in the nation with attendance exceeding 30,000.[4] The most recent meetings were on Feb. 15-19, 2011 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.[5] February 5–9, 2012 in San Francisco, California.,[6] and March, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

Policy advocacy[edit]

The AAOS has advocated for state and federal tort reform on medical malpractice suits.[7] In 2006 the AAOS joined five other American medical groups[note 1] in endorsing a document called "Principles for Reform of the U.S. Health Care System"; part of the document's preamble stated "Health care coverage for all is needed to facilitate access to quality health care, which will in turn improve the individual and collective health of society."[8]

The AAOS gave its support to the Washington Legal Foundation for a petition challenging an Institute of Medicine report which was expected to call for tougher safety regulations on medical devices. The AAOS was concerned that Institute of Medicine panel did not include a practicing surgeon.[9]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ About the AAOS
  2. ^ AAOS Background
  3. ^ Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  4. ^ 2009 AAOS Annual Meeting
  5. ^ Annual Meeting Information
  6. ^ Annual Meeting 2012
  7. ^ Amy Dockser (February 9, 1990). "Juries Rule Against 'Tort Reform' with Huge Awards". The Wall Street Journal. p. 1. 
  8. ^ Todd Huffman (May 24, 2009). "Doctors, too, are ready for CHANGE". The Register-Guard. p. G.49. 
  9. ^ Study of Medical Device Rules Is Attacked, Unseen By BARRY MEIER, New York Times, July 27, 2011

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