Education Advisory Board (EAB)

AO North America Vision and Mission Statements for Education Advisory Board

Vision statement

The AO North America (AONA®) Education Advisory Board’s vision is to be the premier provider of surgical education for surgeons, fellows, and residents in orthopedic, hand, craniomaxillofacial, spine, neurosurgery, and veterinary surgery. AONA will set the standard for assessment and measuring outcomes to improve the care of the patients we serve.

Mission statement

  • The mission of the AO North America Education Advisory Board is to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary needs based surgical education through strategic educational planning and initiatives. Through a variety of teaching methods and delivery modalities, AONA will offer educational opportunities (both CME certified and non-certified) that will:
  • Increase the knowledge base and surgical skill level of our learners Demonstrate that advances in knowledge and surgical skill level are being applied into practice resulting in improved patient outcomes Revised and Approved on May 9, 2015

Michael R. Baumgaertner, MD

President, AO North America

Education Advisory Board (EAB) Members


David J. Hak, MD, MBA

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver Health Medical Center
Department of Ortho Surgery
Denver, CO

(Chair Elect):

Mark A. Lee MD

Fellowship Director and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California-Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, CA

AOCMF NA Education Committee (NACMEC):

Stephen P. MacLeod, BDS, MBChB, FDSRCS, FRCS, FACS

Professor, Department of Surgery
Chief, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Medicine
Program Director
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency
Loyola University
Maywood, IL

AO Hand NA Education Committee (NAHEC):

Amit Gupta, MD, FRCS

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

AOSpine NA Education Committee:

John DeVine, MD

Chief of Spine Surgery
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta University
Augusta, GA

AOTrauma NA Education Committee (NAMTEC):

Michael Sirkin, MD, BS

Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School
Division of Orthopaedic Trauma
Newark, NJ

AOVET NA Education Committee (NAVEC):

José M. García-López, VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Associate Professor of Large Animal Surgery
Director of Equine Sports Medicine
Department of Clinical Sciences
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Tufts University
North Grafton, MA


President, AONA – ex officio

James Stannard, MD

J. Vernon Luck Distinguished Professor
Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Director, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO

Stephen A. Schwartz

Executive Director, AO North America
Wayne, PA

Chitra Subramaniam

Chief Learning Officer
Wayne, PA

Jane Mihelic

Director, Continuing Medical Education
Wayne, PA

Charisse Sinkler

Compliance Manager Continuing Medical Education
Wayne, PA


Roles and Responsibilities

The AO North America CME Advisory Board (CMEAB) consists of each of the chairmen of the specialty Education Committees as well as AONA CMED staff. It is responsible for assuring that there is consistency and compliance among all of the various certified CME activities that are produced by the specialty Education Committees. The CMEAB also provides an opportunity for the Chairs of the specialty Education Committees to share the issues faced by their committees, as well as common problems and best practices.

The AO North America CME Advisory Board reports to the AONA Executive Committee, and provides feedback to the Executive Committee about AONA compliance with ACCME, OIG, and FDA guidelines at its certified CME activities. The CMEAB also provides guidance to each specialty Education Committee and is responsible for assuring that:

  • the ACCME Essential Areas and their Elements and the Standards for Commercial Support are being met
  • AONA is in compliance with AMA, FDA, and OIG guidelines as they apply to certified CME activities
  • the Mission Statement of AONA is congruent with that of the AO Foundation
  • the Mission Statement of each specialty education committee is congruent with that of AONA
  • Needs assessments and course evaluations are conducted and reviewed by each specialty education committee on an on-going basis
  • Curriculum changes are based on established educational needs of the targeted audiences
  • Each specialty education committee is monitoring the educational quality of their CME activities and addressing concerns as needed
  • All courses and educational activities incorporate adult learning principles
  • All activities meet the definition of CME
  • All committees assure that recommendations involving clinical medicine in their courses are based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indicationsand contraindications in the care of patients
  • All committees assure that all scientific research referred to, reported or used in their CME activities insupport or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally acceptedstandards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.
  • Goals of each specialty education committee are periodically reviewed.

The CMEAB consists of:

  • Chairman, North American Craniomaxillofacial Education Committee
  • Chairman, North American Musculoskeletal Trauma Education Committee
  • Chairman, North American Spine Education Committee
  • Chairman, North American Veterinary Education Committee
  • Chairman, AO Education Steering Board (of the AO Foundation)
  • President, AO North America
  • CMEAB Chairman (elected by the CMEAB to a 4-year term)

Ex officio, non-voting members include representatives from AO North America CME staff:

  • Director of CME
  • CME Department Director

    The CMEAB elects a Chairman who serves a four-year term. The Chairman reports directly to the AONA President and the AONA Executive Committee. The Board meets a minimum of twice each year.
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