American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) is an orthopedic organization. Founded at Northwestern University in 1933, as of 2015 AAOS had grown to include about 39,000 members.[1] The group provides education and practice management services for orthopedic 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] The Academy is a provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopaedic surgeons and others. Its continuing medical education activities include an Annual Meeting, multiple CME courses held around the country and at the Orthopaedic Learning Center, and various medical and scientific publications and electronic media materials.

Notable people

  • Philip D. Wilson Jr. – president, 1972
  • David A. Halsey – president, 2018
  • Deborah S. Cummins – director of research and scientific affairs


  1. AAOS Members Page accessed June 27, 2015
  2. AAOS Background
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