About the AAOS Registry Program

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is an organization providing education and practice management services to orthopaedic surgeons and allied health care providers. The Academy serves to improve patient care and provide resources for the public on orthopaedic science. It has grown into the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists, serving more than 39,000 members worldwide.

A registry is a database that compiles information to increase safety, improve patient outcomes, and promote best clinical practices. In June of 2017, the AAOS Board of Directors approved the creation of a Registry Program. Today, the AAOS Registry Program includes the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the Musculoskeletal Tumor Registry (MsTR), and the Shoulder & Elbow Registry (SER). Additionally, the American Spine Registry (ASR) is a collaboration with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

The AAOS Registry Program’s mission is to improve orthopaedic care through the collection, analysis, and reporting of actionable data. We seek to encompass all the musculoskeletal and anatomical areas for orthopaedics through comprehensive data and technology resulting in optimal patient outcomes. Our goal is to provide data to inform AAOS guidelines and test performance measures, give feedback to providers to continuously improve their practice, allow AAOS to define what quality means in a value-based system, reduce the reporting burden on physicians, and help inform gaps in knowledge or areas for further education.