National Partners

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is the world’s largest association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues. For more information, visit

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Established in 1991, the mission of AAHKS is to advance hip and knee patient care through education, research and advocacy. AAHKS has a membership of over 3,700 surgeons and other hip and knee health care professionals. For more information, visit

American Bone Health

The Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education (FORE) was established in 1990 as a 501(c) 3 in Oakland, California by members of the medical community and patient volunteers who were beginning to understand the devastating effect of osteoporosis on a population that was living longer. In 2007, FORE launched American Bone Health as a community-based organization to focus on public education and advocacy. 

American Bone Health dramatically increases its impact through the recruiting, training and nurturing of a network of peer educators who provide local programs in their communities to raise awareness and generate healthy actions among consumers to improve bone health and reduce osteoporosis and fractures. As American Bone Health grows its national network of volunteer peer educators, its leadership in promoting bone health and osteoporosis awareness strengthens as does the organization’s ability to be a resource for professional education and technical assistance, consumer awareness and advocacy.

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American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society


The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) mobilizes our dynamic community of foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons to improve patient care through education, research, and advocacy. As the premier global organization for foot and ankle care, AOFAS delivers exceptional events and resources for continuous education, funds and promotes innovative research, and broadens patient understanding of foot and ankle conditions and treatments. By emphasizing collaboration and excellence, AOFAS inspires ever-increasing levels of professional performance leading to improved patient outcomes. 

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The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is a professional, scientific, and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists who are involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism. The ASBMR membership comprises basic research scientists and clinical investigators in bone and mineral metabolism and related fields along with physicians and other health care practitioners. ASBMR encourages and promotes the study of this expanding field through annual scientific meetings, two official journals (Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and JBMR Plus), the Primer on the Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism, advocacy, and interaction with government agencies and related societies.

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American Society for Surgery of the Hand 

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is the oldest and most prestigious medical society dedicated to the hand and upper extremity. Our mission is to advance the science and practice of hand and upper extremity surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners. With more than 4,000 members, the Hand Society is growing every year. ASSH works to promote diversity and professionalism and strives for organizational excellence through a partnership between an enthusiastic and engaged membership and staff.

For more information regarding the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, please visit their website at

Cervical Spine Research Society   

The Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) is a multidisciplinary organization of individuals interested in clinical and research problems of the cervical spine. Its purpose is to provide a forum for the exchange and development of ideas and philosophy regarding the diagnosis and treatment of cervical spine injury and disease. The organization values collegial interaction and strong scientific principles. 

For more information regarding the Cervical Spine Research Society, please visit their website at

Lumbar Spine Research Society

The Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS) is a society that is dedicated to the free exchange of scientific information related to, and the surgical management of, disorders affecting the lumbar spine.  The LSRS takes great pride in that our annual meeting is an industry-free meeting, it is purely scientific.  Emphasis is placed on open discussion of academic research, as free as possible from commercial or regulatory bias.
Vision of the LSRS:  Through the promotion and discussion of research we promote advancing our knowledge and understanding of the lumbar spine; its physiology, pathology, and treatment; in order to improve patient care.

For more information regarding the Lumbar Spine Research Society, please visit their website at

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses 

The National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that exists to enhance the lives and 
carers of orthopaedic nurses. Formed in 1980, NAON was designed to promote the highest standards of nursing practice by educating its practitioners, promoting research, and encouraging effective communication between orthopaedic nurses and other groups with similar interests. NAON Membership consists of more than 6,000 RNs, LPNs, LVNs, student nurses, and associate members from across the country and around the world who share an interest in musculoskeletal healthcare.

For more information, visit or call 800.289.NAON (6266).

National Osteoporosis Foundation

National Osteoporosis Foundation is the leading consumer and community-focused health organization dedicated to the prevention of osteoporosis and broken bones, the promotion of strong bones for life and the reduction of human suffering through programs of public and clinician awareness, education, advocacy and research.

North American Spine Society

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Orthopaedic Trauma Association

 The mission of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) is to promote excellence in care for the injured patient, through provision of scientific forums and support of musculoskeletal research and education of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the public. The OTA is adaptable, forward thinking and fiscally responsible and is composed of a diverse world-wide membership who provide care and improve the knowledge base for the treatment of injured patients. OTA members provide worldwide leadership through education, research and patient advocacy. 

To learn more about OTA, please visit their website at

Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery

Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS) is an organization created by and for physician assistants who are NCCPA certified and work in Orthopaedics. PAOS is an official specialty organization of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and has an official Liaison with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. PAOS is dedicated to providing high quality programs to support its members in achieving a high level of knowledge in musculoskeletal health care through the physician/physician assistant team concept. 


To provide a professional organization with a common direction for physician assistants who practice in Orthopaedics. Providing quality CME in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal health care. Provide a forum for interaction, and networking for information dissemination and job placement in Orthopaedics for physician assistants. Educate physicians and allied health professionals on physician assistant education, training, certification and changing legislation.

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U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative 

The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) is the U.S. National Action Network of the worldwide Bone and Joint Decade a multi-disciplinary initiative targeting the care of people with musculoskeletal conditions--bone and joint disorders. Its focus is on improving your quality of life as well as advancing the understanding and treatment of those conditions through research, prevention and education. Bones, and the joints that create function and movement, are connected by muscle and ligaments. Their state of health and how they enable you to lead an active and healthy life is what the Decade aims to improve.

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