How did the Academy of Osseointegration originate?
Following the introduction of osseointegration to North America in 1982, a group of dental clinicians from the greater New York area participated in a course entitled, “Osseointegration in Clinical Dentistry”.
Subsequently, the group formed a study club to share research and information. This local study club eventually concluded that a national organization was essential to foster education and advancement in this field. As a result, the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) was formed.
The AO’s first Annual Meeting was held in Chicago in 1986. A Pro-Tem Executive Board was elected to include representatives from oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics and general practice. The Academy and its affiliate, the Osseointegration Foundation, were incorporated in 1987.
The Academy of Osseointegration today
The Academy of Osseointegration’s dedication to the highest standards in patient care, research and education remain the reason so many professionals have made the decision to ally themselves with this leading organization.
For 31 years, the Academy of Osseointegration has met throughout North America at its Annual Meetings and local study groups. AO members from countries around the world gather through AO Charter Chapters that offer local educational programs and networking sessions. The AO Annual Meetings have continued to increase in attendance and are now considered to be among the premier international educational conferences for dental implant clinicians, researchers and auxiliary professions. AO membership now exceeds over 6,000 professionals in more than 70 countries.
Elected officials and directors-at-large comprise the Board of Directors, which sets the Academy’s direction and oversees its administration. Policies and ongoing activities are influenced by the Academy’s standing and ad hoc committees. Day-to-day operations are conducted by the Academy’s professional staff.