AOSpine International Board
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Chairperson Rajasekaran Shanmuganathan   
Education Emre Acaroglu Research Dino Samartzis
Community Development Norman Chutkan AOSAP Chairperson Manabu Ito
AOSEU Chairperson Lorin Benneker AOSME Chairperson Mohammad El-Sharkawi
AOSLA Chairperson Juan Emmerich AOSNA Chairperson Michael Daubs
Executive director Jayr Bass Chairperson Elect Asdrubal Falavigna
AOSpine Asia Pacific Board
The AOSpine Asia Pacific Board (AOSAP) is the operational body of AOSpine International focused on activities within Asia Pacific. AOSAP is a body of surgeons, who have responsibility and accountability for delivering valued products and services to Asia Pacific members. The AOSAP Board is elected by the delegate members of the AOSpine Asia Pacific Country Chapters.
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Chairperson Manabu Ito   
Past Chairperson Chung Chek Wong Education (Ortho) Yoshiharu Kawaguchi
Education (Neuro) Dong-Kyu Chin Community Development Rushama Tandon
Research Jason Cheung Spine centers & fellowships Abhay Nene
Regional director Kenneth Kam   
AO Spine Europe and Southern Africa Board
The AO Spine European Board (AOSESA) is the operational body of AO Spine International focused on activities within Europe. AOSESA is a body of surgeons, who have responsibility and accountability for delivering valued products and services to European members. The AOSESA Board is elected by the delegate members of the AO Spine European and Southern Africa Country Chapters.
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Chairperson Lorin Benneker   
Education Patrick Tropiano Community Development Markus Schultheiss
Spine centers & fellowships Pedro Berjano Research Marko Neva
Regional director Staffan Källbäck   
AOSpine Latin American Board
The AOSpine Latin American Board (AOSLA) is the operational body of AOSpine International focused on activities within Latin America. AOSLA is a body of surgeons, who have responsibility and accountability for delivering valued products and services to Latin American & Central American members. The AOSLA Board is elected by the delegate members of the AOSpine Latin American Country Chapters.
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Chairperson Juan Emmerich   
Spine centers & fellowships Fernando Alvarado Gomez Research Marcelo Valacco
Community Development H. Michael Dittmar Regional director Antonio Machado
Education Luiz Gustavo Dal Oglio da Rocha   
AOSpine North America Board
The AOSpine North America Board (AOSNA) is the operational body of AOSpine International focused on activities within North America. AOSNA is a body of surgeons, who have responsibility and accountability for delivering valued products and services to North American members. The AOSNA Board is elected by the delegate members of North America.
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Chairperson Michael Daubs   
Past Chairperson Darrel Brodke Education Richard Bransford
Research Daniel Sciubba Community Development Brandon Lawrence
Member at large Michelle Clarke Regional director Elizabeth Walker
Fellowships Eric Klineberg   
AOSpine Middle East Board
The AO Spine Middle East and Northern Africa Board (AOSMENA) is the operational body of AO Spine International focused on activities within the Middle East and Northern Africa. AOSMENA is a body of surgeons, who have responsibility and accountability for delivering valued products and services to Middle Eastern and North African members. The AOSMENA Board is elected by the delegate members of the AO Spine Middle East and Northern African Country Chapters.
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Chairperson Mohammad El-Sharkawi   
Chairperson Elect Amer Aziz Education (Ortho) Prof. Atiq Uz Zaman
Community Development Ali Abou-Madawi Spine centers & fellowships Muhammed Assous
Research Waleed Awwad Regional director Mary Anne Smith
AOSpine Education Commission
The AOSpine Education Commission (AOSEC) is the education steering body of AOSpine International. Its role is to:

a) develop consistent and practical educational programs, strategies, and tools for implementation by the AOSpine Regions
b) leverage and share educational resources across the AOSpine Regions
c) plan and manage multi-regional educational events

The Commission consists of a Chairperson, who is an Executive Member of the AOSpine International Board, the past Chairperson, and an education representative (1 per region) of each of the AOSpine Regional Boards.

Emeritus Chairperson: Germá​​​​​​​​​n Ochoa
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Chairperson Emre Acaroglu   
Commission member Prof. Atiq Uz Zaman Commission member Richard Bransford
Commission member Luiz Gustavo Dal Oglio da Rocha Commission member Yoshiharu Kawaguchi
Commission member Patrick Tropiano Past Chairperson Bryan Ashman
AOSpine Research Commission
Responsible for running global research initiatives, sharing expertise, and leveraging resources across regions. This body defines, integrates, and implements coherent policies for the good of the whole organization.
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Chairperson Dino Samartzis   
North America Representative Daniel Sciubba Middle East Representative Waleed Awwad
Asia Pacific Representative Jason Cheung Europe Representative Marko Neva
Latin America Representative Marcelo Valacco Knowledge Forum Deformity Representative Stephen Lewis
Knowledge Forum Tumor Representative Laurence Rhines Knowledge Forum Spinal Cord Injury Representative Brian Kwon
Knowledge Forum Trauma Representative Cumhur Oner Chairperson Elect Charles Fisher
AOSpine Community Development Commission
The AOSpine Community Development Commission (AOSCDC) is the Marketing Steering body of AOSpine International. It's role is to:

a) develop consistent and practical marketing programs, strategies, and tools for implementation by the AOSpine Regions
b) leverage and share marketing resources across the AOSpine Regions
c) enforce AOSpine's brand and corporate identity
d) manage alliances been AOSpine and other academic bodies
e) develop and run the AOSpine website

The Commission consists of a Chairperson, who is an Executive Member of the AOSpine International Board, the past Chairperson, and marketing representatives of each of the AOSpine Regional Boards.
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Chairperson Norman Chutkan   
Commission member Ali Abou-Madawi Commission member H. Michael Dittmar
Commission member Brandon Lawrence Commission member Markus Schultheiss
Commission member Rushama Tandon   
AOSpine Technical Commission
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Chairperson Maarten Spruit   
Commission member Emre Acaroglu Commission member Christian Mazel
Commission member Jean Ouellet Commission member Bangping Qian
Commission member Kota Watanabe Commission member Jack Zigler
AOSpine Argentina Council
The AOSpine Argentina Council (AOSAR) is the Steering body of AOSpine Argentina Country Chapter. The Chairperson of AOSAR reports into the AOSpine Latin American (AOSLA) Board, and the Councilors report to the respective AOSLA Board members via the relevant pan Latin American committee. The role of AOSAR Council is to:

a) To develop local (national) programs, forums, and activities that makes membership of AOSpine attractive and appealing
b) To encourage AOSpine members within their national boundary to interact and work to advance AOSpine's vision and mission
c) To create a democratic network of spine specialists as members of AOSpine within the country
d) To ensure local diversity, needs, and aspirations of AOSpine members are fully expressed, represented, and promoted to the AOSLA Board
e) To build alliances and relations between the Country Chapter and other academic associations within the country

The AOSAR Council is democratically elected every three years by all delegates of the AOSpine Argentina Country Chapter.
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Education (Neuro) Ignacio Barrenechea   
AOSpine Australia/New Zealand Council
The AOSpine Australia/New Zealand Council (AOSAUNZ) is the Steering body of AOSpine Australia/New Zealand Country Chapters. The Chairperson of AOSAUNZ reports into the AOSpine Asia Pacific (AOSAP) Board, and the Councilors report to the respective AOSAP Board members via the relevant pan Asia Pacific committee. The role of AOSAUNZ Council is to:

a) To develop local (national) programs, forums, and activities that makes membership of AOSpine attractive and appealing
b) To encourage AOSpine members within their national boundary to interact and work to advance AOSpine's vision and mission
c) To create a democratic network of spine specialists as members of AOSpine within the country
d) To ensure local diversity, needs, and aspirations of AOSpine members are fully expressed, represented, and promoted to the AOSAP Board
e) To build alliances and relations between the Country Chapter and other academic associations within the country

The AOSAUNZ Council is democratically elected every three years by all delegates of the AOSpine Australia/New Zealand Country Chapter.
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Chairperson Ashish Diwan   
Education (Ortho) Brian Hsu Education (Neuro) Rajesh Reddy
Community Development Kristian Dalzell Research Uphar Chamoli
Spine centers & fellowships John Choi   
AOSpine Austria Council
The AOSpine Austria Council (AOSAT) is the Steering body of AOSpine Austria Country Chapter. The Chairperson of AOSAT reports into the AOSpine European (AOSEU) Board, and the Councilors report to the respective AOSEU Board members via the relevant pan European committee. The role of AOSAT Council is to:

a) To develop local (national) programs, forums, and activities that makes membership of AOSpine attractive and appealing
b) To encourage AOSpine members within their national boundary to interact and work to advance AOSpine's vision and mission
c) To create a democratic network of spine specialists as members of AOSpine within the country
d) To ensure local diversity, needs, and aspirations of AOSpine members are fully expressed, represented, and promoted to the AOSEU Board
e) To build alliances and relations between the Country Chapter and other academic associations within the country

The AOSAT Council is democratically elected every three years by all delegates of the AOSpine Austria Country Chapter.
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Chairperson Sven Ziegler   
Education (Ortho) Gholam Pajenda Education (Neuro) Pujan Kavakebi
Education (Trauma) Gholam Pajenda   
AO Spine Brazil Council
The AOSpine Brasil Council (AOSBR) is the Steering body of AOSpine Brasil Country Chapter. The Chairperson of AOSBR reports into the AOSpine Latin American (AOSLA) Board, and the Councilors report to the respective AOSLA Board members via the relevant pan Latin American committee. The role of AOSBR Council is to:

a) To develop local (national) programs, forums, and activities that makes membership of AOSpine attractive and appealing
b) To encourage AOSpine members within their national boundary to interact and work to advance AOSpine's vision and mission
c) To create a democratic network of spine specialists as members of AOSpine within the country
d) To ensure local diversity, needs, and aspirations of AOSpine members are fully expressed, represented, and promoted to the AOSLA Board
e) To build alliances and relations between the Country Chapter and other academic associations within the country

The AOSBR Council is democratically elected every three years by all delegates of the AOSpine Brasil Country Chapter.
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Chairperson Jerônimo Milano   
Education (Ortho) Cristiano Menezes Education (Neuro) Rafael Souza
AOSpine Bulgaria Council

The AOSpine Bulgaria (AOSBG) Country Representative represents the AOSpine Bulgaria Country Chapter with less than 25 members.

The Country Representative reports into the AOSpine European (AOSEU) Board. The role of AOSBG Country Representative is to:

a) To encourage AOSpine members within their national boundary to interact and work to advance AOSpine's vision and mission

b) To create a democratic network of spine specialists as members of AOSpine within the country with the aim of a stable membership figure of +25 in the country, in order to re-establish a Country Council

c) To ensure local diversity, needs, and aspirations of AOSpine members are fully expressed, represented, and promoted to the AOSEU Board

d) To build alliances and relations between the Country Chapter and other academic associations within the country

The AOSBG Country Representative is appointed by the former AOSBG Country Council and the AOSEU Board. The position is reviewed after three years by the AOSEU Board.


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Country representative Nikolay Gabrovsky   
AOSpine Chile Council
The AOSpine Chile Council (AOSCL) is the Steering body of AOSpine Chile Country Chapter. The Chairperson of AOSCL reports into the AOSpine Latin American (AOSLA) Board, and the Councilors report to the respective AOSLA Board members via the relevant pan Latin American committee. The role of AOSCL Council is to:

a) To develop local (national) programs, forums, and activities that makes membership of AOSpine attractive and appealing
b) To encourage AOSpine members within their national boundary to interact and work to advance AOSpine's vision and mission
c) To create a democratic network of spine specialists as members of AOSpine within the country
d) To ensure local diversity, needs, and aspirations of AOSpine members are fully expressed, represented, and promoted to the AOSLA Board
e) To build alliances and relations between the Country Chapter and other academic associations within the country

The AOSCL Council is democratically elected every three years by all delegates of the AOSpine Chile Country Chapter.
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Chairperson Ratko Yurac   
Education (Ortho) Marcelo Molina Education (Neuro) Felipe Rossel
AOSpine China Council
The AOSpine China Council (AOSCN) is the Steering body of AOSpine China Country Chapter. The Chairperson of AOSCN reports into the AOSpine Asia Pacific (AOSAP) Board, and the Councilors report to the respective AOSAP Board members via the relevant pan Asia Pacific committee. The role of AOSCN Council is to:

a) To develop local (national) programs, forums, and activities that makes membership of AOSpine attractive and appealing
b) To encourage AOSpine members within their national boundary to interact and work to advance AOSpine's vision and mission
c) To create a democratic network of spine specialists as members of AOSpine within the country
d) To ensure local diversity, needs, and aspirations of AOSpine members are fully expressed, represented, and promoted to the AOSAP Board
e) To build alliances and relations between the Country Chapter and other academic associations within the country

The AOSCN Council is democratically elected every three years by all delegates of the AOSpine China Country Chapter.
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Chairperson Zhuojing Luo   
Past Chairperson Yong Qiu Education (Ortho) weishi li
Education (Neuro) Fengzeng Jian Community Development Bangping Qian
Research Zezhang Zhu Spine centers & fellowships Wen Yuan
AOSpine Colombia Council
The AOSpine Colombia Council (AOSCO) is the Steering body of AOSpine Colombia Country Chapter. The Chairperson of AOSCO reports into the AOSpine Latin American (AOSLA) Board, and the Councilors report to the respective AOSLA Board members via the relevant pan Latin American committee. The role of AOSCO Council is to:

a) To develop local (national) programs, forums, and activities that makes membership of AOSpine attractive and appealing
b) To encourage AOSpine members within their national boundary to interact and work to advance AOSpine's vision and mission
c) To create a democratic network of spine specialists as members of AOSpine within the country
d) To ensure local diversity, needs, and aspirations of AOSpine members are fully expressed, represented, and promoted to the AOSLA Board
e) To build alliances and relations between the Country Chapter and other academic associations within the country

The AOSCO Council is democratically elected every three years by all delegates of the AOSpine Colombia Country Chapter.
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Chairperson Rodolfo Páez Gonzalez   
Education (Ortho) Juan Sierra Education (Neuro) Julián España Peña
AOSpine Dominican Republic Council
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Chairperson Iohan Fernandez   
Education (Neuro) Freddy Flores Lebron Education (Ortho) Miguel Luna Ortiz
AOSpine East Asia Council
The AOSpine East Asia Council (AOSEA) is the Steering body of AOSpine East Asia Chapter. The Chairperson of AOSEA reports into the AOSpine Asia Pacific (AOSAP) Board, and the Councilors report to the respective AOSAP Board members via the relevant pan Asia Pacific committee. The role of AOSEA Council is to:

a) To develop local (national) programs, forums, and activities that makes membership of AOSpine attractive and appealing
b) To encourage AOSpine members within their national boundary to interact and work to advance AOSpine's vision and mission
c) To create a democratic network of spine specialists as members of AOSpine within the country
d) To ensure local diversity, needs, and aspirations of AOSpine members are fully expressed, represented, and promoted to the AOSAP Board
e) To build alliances and relations between the Country Chapter and other academic associations within the country

The AOSEA Council is democratically elected every three years by all delegates of the AOSpine East Asia Country Chapter.
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Chairperson Gabriel Liu   
Education (Ortho) Uei-Chyi Chuah Education (Neuro) Chiung Chyi Shen
Community Development Chris Yin Wei Chan Research Kenny Kwan
Spine centers & fellowships Paul Koljonen