Throughout 2021 and leading up to the 2022 AANA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, AANA will be celebrating its 40th anniversary through a look back at the history of the organization, messages from notable leaders, giveaways and donations. Be a part of this special time by giving to the AANA Education Foundation, checking this page for historical updates and sharing your own AANA memories.

Legacy Giving

Make a gift to the AANA Education Foundation in celebration of AANA’s 40th Anniversary.

Your gift helps ensure that educational programs such as the AANA Traveling Fellowship, International Education Scholarships, Resident Scholarships, Research Grants and other developing programs can happen. With your help, Orthopaedic Surgeons can continue to lead and drive the advancement of not just AANA but the field of orthopaedics for the next 40 years.

Donate to the AANA Education Foundation to help fund future opportunities in education and research such as simulation, artificial intelligence and more!

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A Look Back

In 1981, the North American Chapter of the IAA (International Arthroscopy Association) was the largest in the world by a substantial number and that the educational needs of North American arthroscopists were rapidly growing. Diagnostic arthroscopy had been largely accepted by the medical community and techniques of arthroscopic surgery were rapidly developing. Arthroscopy had been introduced in the private sector of medicine and largely shunned as ‘unlikely to succeed’ by the academic community. It was therefore concluded that an independent association was needed to meet the educational needs of orthopaedic surgeons interested in developing their skills. Thus, the North American Chapter of the International Arthroscopy Association converted into the Arthroscopy Association of North America. The IAA chapter members became the founding members of AANA.

Share Your AANA Memories

Tell us about your favorite AANA memory and be featured in the 40th celebration! Send your story to

AANA's 40th Anniversary Book Pre-Order

A team of AANA leaders have joined together to create a book dedicated to AANA, the volunteers and milestones that has positioned AANA as the leader in minimally invasive orthopaedic surgical education and training. Books will be available for on-site purchase at the 2022 AANA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, but join the waitlist to be notified when they’re available for online purchase.

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