AOSpine International Board
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Chairperson Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran   
Past Chairperson K. Daniel Riew Education Bryan Ashman
Research Dino Samartzis Community Development Norman Chutkan
AOSAP Chairperson Chung Chek Wong AOSEU Chairperson Giuseppe Barbagallo
AOSME Chairperson Mohammad El-Sharkawi AOSLA Chairperson Asdrubal Falavigna
AOSNA Chairperson Darrel Brodke Executive director Jayr Bass
Member Representative Massimo Balsano Member Representative Elect Yan. Wang
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 Chung Chek Wong   
Chairperson Elect Manabu Ito Education (Ortho) Manabu Ito
Education (Neuro) Satish Rudrappa Community Development Yong Hai
Research Jong-Beom Park Spine centers & fellowships Yu Liang
Regional director Kenneth Kam   
AOSpine European Board
The AOSpine European Board (AOSEU) is the operational body of AOSpine International focused on activities within Europe. AOSEU is a body of surgeons, who have responsibility and accountability for delivering valued products and services to European members. The AOSEU Board is elected by the delegate members of the AOSpine European Country Chapters.
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Chairperson Giuseppe Barbagallo   
Chairperson Elect Lorin Benneker Education Claudius Thomé
Education Elect Patrick Tropiano Community Development Zdenek Klezl
Spine centers & fellowships Pedro Berjano Research Giovanni Barbanti Brodano
Regional director Jörg Maassen   
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 Asdrubal Falavigna   
Spine centers & fellowships Emiliano Vialle Research Marcelo Valacco
Community Development Jaime Segura Regional director Antonio Machado
Chairperson Elect Juan Emmerich Education Néstor Taboada
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 Darrel Brodke   
Past Chairperson Michael Fehlings Education John DeVine
Research James Harrop Community Development Lali Sekhon
Regional director Elizabeth Walker Fellowships Daniel Gelb
AOSpine Middle East Board
The AOSpine Middle East Board (AOSME) is the operational body of AOSpine International focused on activities within the Middle East and North Africa. AOSME is a body of surgeons, who have responsibility and accountability for delivering valued products and services to Middle Eastern and North African members. The AOSME Board is elected by the delegate members of the AOSpine Middle East and North African Country Chapters.
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Chairperson Mohammad El-Sharkawi   
Past Chairperson Abdulaziz Al-Mutair Education (Ortho) Dr Atiq Uz Zaman
Community Development Mohamed Abdel-Wanis Spine centers & fellowships Muhammed Assous
Research Khalid Alsaleh Regional director Jörg Maassen
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 Bryan Ashman   
Commission member Dr Atiq Uz Zaman Commission member John DeVine
Commission member Satish Rudrappa Commission member Néstor Taboada
Commission member Claudius Thomé Past Chairperson Michael Grevitt
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 James Harrop Middle East Representative Khalid Alsaleh
Asia Pacific Representative Jong-Beom Park Europe Representative Giovanni Barbanti Brodano
Latin America Representative Marcelo Valacco AO Research Institute Representative Mauro Alini
Knowledge Forum Deformity Representative Marinus de Kleuver Knowledge Forum Tumor Representative Charles Fisher
AOCID Representative Martin Schuler Knowledge Forum Degenerative/Biologics Representative S. Yoon
Knowledge Forum Spinal Cord Injury Representative Michael Fehlings Knowledge Forum Trauma Representative Cumhur Oner
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   
Past Chairperson Klaus Schnake Commission member Mohamed Abdel-Wanis
Commission member Yong Hai Commission member Zdenek Klezl
Commission member Jaime Segura Commission member Lali Sekhon
AOSpine Technical Commission
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Chairperson Maarten Spruit   
Commission member Bryan Ashman Commission member Roger Härtl
Commission member Frank Kandziora Commission member Christian Mazel
Commission member Venugopal Menon Commission member Jean Ouellet
Commission member Jack Zigler   
North America Education Committee (AOSNAEC)
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Chairperson John DeVine   
Committee Member Michelle Clarke Committee Member David Gloystein
Past Chairperson Joseph Cheng   
North America Research Committee (AOSNARC)
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Chairperson James Harrop   
Committee Member Brian Kwon Committee Member Ahmad Nassr
Committee Member Justin Smith   
North America Community Development Committee (AOSNACDC)
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Chairperson Lali Sekhon   
Committee Member Eric Massicotte   
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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Chairperson Juan Guyot   
Education (Ortho) Rodrigo Remondino 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 Robert Kuru   
Past Chairperson Jeremy Evison Spine centers & fellowships Mitchell Hansen
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   
AOSpine Bolivia Council
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Chairperson Luis Duchen   
Education (Neuro) Gueider Salas Education (Ortho) Juan Marcelo Sea Aramayo
AOSpine Brasil 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 Luben Stocov   
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