MAY 15-18, 2024 | Bangkok, Thailand

Lifelong learning and professional development

AO Spine is focused on lifelong learning, offering inspiring and innovative education programs that can help you at every step of your career development. New techniques and knowledge from research are translated into improved clinical practices and patient care, year after year. 

Our curriculum provides a structured educational plan for three levels of experience: principles, advanced, and masters. We combine expert face-to-face educational events with distance learning and self-directed study resources, creating a framework for the best teaching methods and techniques based on skills, learning outcomes, and surgeons’ needs.

The AO Spine Knowledge Forums are expert-driven working groups that carry out evidence-based studies on AO Spine’s behalf, with their results published and disseminated in influential journals and at conferences worldwide.

AO Spine

AO Spine is an international community of spine surgeons generating, distributing, and exchanging knowledge to advance science and the spine care profession through research, education, and community development. With this collaborative approach, AO Spine is advancing spine care worldwide.


AO Spine develops consistent and practical educational programs, strategies, and tools for worldwide implementation in over 150 educational events, covering all pathologies, and the different stages in a surgeon's career. AO Spine courses, symposia and academic congresses provide an opportunity for hands-on learning, alongside constructive discussions with AO Spine Faculty and colleagues in stimulating environments.


AO Spine Research is driving the transformation of spine care through the AO Spine Knowledge Forums; which are pathology-focused working groups of key opinion leaders aiming to generate knowledge by way of clinical studies, and publishing of evidence-based recommendations. In the process, they integrate the latest advances and outcomes of treatment and techniques into AO Spine's education programs.

Community Development

AO Spine fosters a global community of spine care professionals who are passionate about furthering science, improving patients' lives, and advancing professional careers through the exchange of knowledge and professional networking. AO Spine membership gives you privileged access to this global spine care community through benefits aimed to facilitate knowledge access and promote knowledge exchange.

Become a member and receive a discount of $150 on the Global Spine Congress registration fee by clicking on this link.


AO Spine—the leading global academic community for innovative education and research in spine care, inspiring lifelong learning and improving patients' lives. 


Contact: AO Spine / AO Foundation

Clavadelerstrasse 8
7270 Davos

Contact: OIC

Viale della Giovine Italia, 17
50122 Florence