|Formation||1958, Biel, Switzerland|
|Purpose||Treatment of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system|
|Maurice Edmond Müller, Robert Schneider, Hans Willenegger, Martin Allgöwer|
The AO Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the care of people with musculoskeletal injuries and their sequelae through research, development, education and quality assurance in the principles, practice, and result of fracture treatment. Distribution and sales of all AO products is done through Synthes via a subsidiary. From March 2006, Synthes acquired existing "Synthes"-branded products from the AO Foundation.
The foundation had its origins in a Swiss study group, Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen (German for "Association for the Study of Internal Fixation") or AO, founded in Switzerland in 1958 and runs training courses on methods of bone plating and fracture surgical treatment in many countries. Growth led to restructuring and the AO Foundation was constituted in December 1984.
AO regularly hold courses worldwide for Orthopedic Surgeons and other health professionals. These include hands on experience of using the latest implants, as well as lectures from expert surgeons and discussions.
In March 2018, it was announced that the AO Foundation has partnered with OBERD, a leader in outcomes data collection to provide an innovative patient outcomes data collection system for its members in the United States.
The AO Foundation owns four institutes:
- AO Research Institute, at Davos
- AO Education Institute, at Davos
- AO Clinical Investigation, at Dübendorf
- AOTK System, at Davos
- Synthes acquires Synthes-branded products
- AO Foundation History
- Schlich, Thomas (2002). "Starting the Network". Surgery, Science and Industry. pp. 28–45. doi:10.1057/9780230513280_3. ISBN 978-1-349-43181-6.
- Kang, Jatinder S. (2009). "The AO Foundation fracture management courses". BMJ: b2276. doi:10.1136/bmj.b2276.
- "Surgery and Medical Imaging Working Together". www.healthcare.siemens.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
- OBERD. "AO Foundation partners with OBERD for patient-reported outcomes data collection". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
- Davos and Dübendorf