AO Annual Report 2020: AO CMF year in review


17 June 2021

Annual Report

The AO Annual Report 2020, now available online, looks at the challenges and achievements of a year out of the ordinary across five separate chapters—education, innovation, research, finance and governance, and corporate social responsibility (CSR)—and AO Spine’s milestones played an important role.

True to its purpose statement—promoting excellence in patient care and outcomes in craniomaxillofacial surgery across all specialties—AO CMF in 2020 mounted an agile response to extraordinary challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic.


One example of AO CMF’s agile response to the pandemic was its successful April launch of the From the Frontline webinar series—which evolved to become a cross-divisional effort attracting a global audience—focusing on topics related to COVID-19. Additionally, AO CMF met pandemic-related travel restrictions and the shortage of on-site educational events head on with the April launch of the AO CMF Online Campus, which ensured delivery of high-quality, digital learning packages to a global audience of more than 30,000.

AO CMF recorded another overwhelming success in December, with the AO CMF Online Masters Course—Mastering the Nose: Advanced Midface Concepts at the first-ever fully online AO Davos Courses, which advanced the AO’s 60-year legacy of shaping the future of medical education. With an unusual topic, 95 faculty, and more than 400 participants, the event was likely the largest online craniomaxillofacial course ever conducted.


On the research side, AO CMF made progress on a number of clinical studies. These include:

  • An international, multicenter, prospective registry that is collecting the treatment pattern data of approximately 500 patients with medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw.
  • An international, multicenter, prospective registry addressing the prevailing lack of true consensus and guidelines on the treatment of orbital fractures.
  • A 200-patient, international, multicenter, prospective registry that is collecting data on patients treated with alloplastic temporomandibular joint replacement, a relatively rare procedure.
  • Prospective data on fracture and treatment details, functional and patient-reported outcomes, and complications is being collected in approximately 250 patients with bilateral condylar fractures of the mandible.
  • An international, multicenter, prospective registry collecting data on around 200 patients over the age of 60 suffering from mandibular fracture.
  • A recently completed multicenter, randomized, controlled clinical investigation collected data from patients suffering from bilateral (double) mandibular fracture.


On the innovation side, AO CMF was represented by solutions approved by the AO Technical Commission.

Alongside CMF’s 2020 achievements, the AO Annual Report 2020 details AO Trauma, AO Spine, AO VET, and AO Recon milestones, as well as key AO accomplishments, such as mobilization to leverage technology to facilitate online education and expand its reach, as illustrated by the overwhelmingly successful, first-ever fully online AO Davos Courses. Moreover, the AO Innovation Translation Center was launched, and the AO Research Institute Davos underscored its innovation legacy with the launch of OSapp and recorded a new record high number of publications.

Additionally, the AO renewed its cooperation with DePuy Synthes; underscored its commitment to opportunity, diversity, and inclusion with the launch of AO Access; launched the AO Sports initiative; and, in response to the global crisis, continued its local and global CSR activities to positively impact patients, the health sector, and communities.

Read the AO Annual Report 2020—enriched with compelling infographics, images, and videos—today.

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