Organizational structure

Learn more about the diversity, inclusion, and mentorship working group.

Steering Committee

AO Foundation Board representative

Robert McGuire

MD, AO Foundation Past-President

Diversity and inclusion representative

Amy Kapatkin

AO North America president


Professor of small animal orthopedic surgery, University of California-Davis

Mentorship representative

Jaime Quintero L.

MD, Profesor Asistente

Depto. de Ortopedia y Traumatología

Hospital Universitario Clínica San Rafael

Bogota, Colombia

AO Executive Committee representative

Urs Rüetschi

Executive Director Education Development


Tatjana Topalovic

Senior Program Manager Diversity, Inclusion and Mentorship

Task forces



The faculty and leader development task force is about empowering innovative and inclusive faculty and leaders who value our global community and the diversity of our healthcare workers and patients.


To identify, support, and develop healthcare professionals with diverse backgrounds and continue to build an organization that reflects our global community to best provide medical care and education to our patients. The AO Access faculty and leader development programs will identify, design and develop diverse, inclusive, and equitable global teams to make a positive impact on patient care throughout our global community. AO is the environment for healthcare professionals to gather and share their knowledge and inspire innovation and excellence in education to deliver evidence-based approaches for best patient care. We take pride in developing passionate and talented groups of diverse faculties and leaders from every background dedicated to providing the best care to our patients and community.

Task force lead

Samantha Morello

Associate professor of large animal surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Emmanuel Menga

AO Spine, North America


Hector Aguado Hernandez

AO Trauma, Europe


Nicola Anne Kildea

ORP, Asia Pacific

“The AO has a long-standing history of excellence in developing great faculty and leaders. As the lead for the Faculty and Leader Development Task Force for AO Access, our work will be to figure out how best to leverage our existing solid and proven infrastructure to help attract, include, and promote a more diverse membership.”

Samantha Morello,

Faculty and leader development task force lead



For the membership, leadership, and culture of AO to reflect the diversity and aspirations of its membership and the needs of the patient population that we serve.


To provide guidance and advice to the Clinical Divisions and Clinical Unit to implement a clearly defined, fair and transparent pathway and practices for officer and faculty recruitment and selection that are harmonized and implemented across AO, using best practices that promote inclusivity and ensure equal opportunity.

Task force lead

Matthew J Allen


Professor of small animal surgery, University of Cambridge


Waeel Hamouda

AO Spine, Middle East


Pedro Jorba

AO Trauma, Latin America


Jess McCarthy

AO VET, North America

Lauren Tatman

AO Trauma, North America

“For the organization to leverage diversity and potential effectively, we need to ensure that the AO is seen as a community for lifelong learning, mentorship, and leadership. The Officer and Faculty Selection Task Force will identify challenges and obstacles to entry and progression for individuals who want to contribute to the work of the AO with the goal of creating transparency and equity for everyone who wants to participate.”

Matthew J Allen,

Officer and faculty selection processes task force lead



Inspire and support the AO global community to collaboratively reach new heights (excellence) and fulfil personal and professional goals.


Transform the lives of mentors and mentees through a global network that enables collaborative learning and facilitates personal and professional growth in an inclusive and sustainable way.

Task force lead

Marinis Pirpiris

Associate Professor, MBBS, BMedSci, GradDipEpidBiostat, MEpi, PhD, FRACS, FAOrthA


Claudia Medina

AO Trauma, Latin America


David Hamlar

AO CMF, North America


Saeed Qaimkhani

AO Spine, Middle East

Lynette Spalding

AO Trauma, Europe

“The AO Access initiative was developed to attract the very best clinicians to our increasingly global, diverse, and inclusive member-based organization. I look forward to embracing everyone's thoughts and ideas as we develop our mentorship program. AO mentors will encourage and support your personal and professional growth throughout your lifelong journey of learning, teaching, research, and leadership.”

Marinis Pirpiris,

Mentorship task force lead