AO Spine Editorial

Newsletter 23 | November 2019


Dear Readers

With only a little over a month to go until the AO Davos Courses, it is my pleasure to reach out to you through our newsletter.

  AO Spine has a new lookIt has been a very busy summer for AO Spine, and we have been working on some very exciting projects over the last few months. Most evidently, you may have noticed that AO Spine has a completely new look. This is a significant milestone in AO’s digital transformation and evolution, as we seek to ensure we remain relevant to younger generations of surgeons across the world.


  It’s time to shine a lightWe are delighted to feature three amazing women in this newsletter. With female spine surgeons making up as little as 5 percent of our membership, the gender gap is a real and pressing issue. AO Spine included an event on gender diversity at the Global Spine Congress 2019. Here, we continue the conversation by asking three leading surgeons to share their experiences. It’s time to shine a light on the women in our profession!


   Unconscious biasIn this newsletter, we also talk about unconscious bias. Often, unless it’s pointed out, people don’t realize their own internalized biases. It’s only human to have them. Here, we share how to recognize that blind spot in the brain and to overcome it.



 Launch of AO Surgery ReferenceAnother important milestone was reached by AO Spine research: the AO Surgery Reference has adopted and implemented the AO Spine Knowledge Forum Tumor treatment recommendations and classifications for metastatic spine tumor. This module, now available on the surgery reference website, will highlight the key considerations and surgical indications when it comes to the evaluation of the metastatic spine tumor patient. It’s a great tool to help you make the right treatment decision.


 Back to basics—clinician meets basic scienceIn terms of organ culture experiments, AO is at the international forefront and a favored consortia partner for studies on new cell therapies. AO Spine and AO Research Institute (ARI) collaborate in innovative applied pre-clinical studies to achieve more effective patient care worldwide. In this issue of the newsletter, find out more about this unique collaboration, and what the next projects are.



I hope you find this issue interesting and informative, and hope to see you in Davos in December!



Yours sincerely


Bryan Ashman

AO Spine Education Chairperson



Newsletter 23 | November 2019

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