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About the Campaign/Why Give?

Corporate Giving


ISAKOS is focused on expanding international education in arthroscopy, knee surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine in an organized and collaborative effort with national societies and industry partners. To do so, ISAKOS has launched the ISAKOS Global Connection: A Campaign for Education, Research and Collaboration, a fundraising campaign that will help shape the future of arthroscopy, knee surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine around the world. At the core of this endeavor is a determination to provide high quality and accessible educational programs to a global audience.

Through partnerships with ISAKOS corporate supporters, we are given the opportunity to reach a variety of audiences through education and training, to raise funds for research and patient education, and to promote access to high-quality care.

We strive to provide each of our corporate donors with a unique way to support the initiative that is most important to you. Whether you want to make a direct donation to one of our existing programs or have a specific proposal in mind, we look forward to working with you, and invite your company to partner with us in an initiative that will have a lasting impact.

When you become a corporate partner, we can work together to ensure that funding is available to continue our critical work in physician education, research, quality treatment, patient education and access to high-quality care for all.

Individual Giving


The International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) invites ISAKOS members to support the ISAKOS Global Connection: A Campaign for Education, Research and Collaboration.

The international orthopaedic community is at an important crossroad: medical innovations and applied technology are beginning to outpace the education of many orthopaedic surgeons. Limited resources and training in many parts of the world prevent surgeons from mastering the latest techniques and ultimately hinder the advancement of patient care.

The ISAKOS Board of Directors is looking to the future and enhancing educational and research opportunities for its members by providing an international framework for the exchange and dissemination of information in arthroscopy, knee surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine that will benefit each member and their patients.

With the financial support of its membership, ISAKOS will expand the educational and research opportunities available to our international constituency. Focusing on the regions of the world with limited accessibility to educational and research opportunities, it is the goal of this member giving initiative to increase the number of ISAKOS courses and ISAKOS Approved Teaching Centers, to implement an international research grants program, and to enhance fellows’ and residents’ training opportunities.

ISAKOS members are invited to pledge at any level of support, but we hope that you will consider giving at a level of $1,000 per year for five years, in support of the ISAKOS “Godfather Initiative”. At this level of support, a portion of your pledge would be allocated toward membership for a deserving individual from a developing region in the world for five years. Through your donation, you will be recognized as a Global Connection Campaign supporter, and specifically as an ISAKOS “Godfather”.

Benefits to godfathers are distinct, and include special membership recognition, an invitation to a donor reception at the ISAKOS Biennial Congress with the member you support, an ISAKOS Godfather ribbon, and a permanent pin. Please join us by making a financial commitment to the ISAKOS Global Connection Campaign.

Campaign Priorities and Funding

ISAKOS Education Initiatives


The ISAKOS Global Connection Campaign was established in 2011 to grow and support ISAKOS education and research initiatives.

ISAKOS 2016 Educational Symposia/Collaborations

  • ISAKOS-FIFA-ASPETAR Combined Meeting - Qatar, February 11-12, 2016
  • 3rd ISAKOS Knee Course - Pune, India; April 2016
  • COMOC (Meeting of the Combined Orthopaedic Associations) - Cape Town, South Africa; April 11-15, 2016
  • SLARD Congress - Buenos Aires, Argentina; April 1-4, 2016
  • AMECRA - Mérida, Mexico; May 25-28, 2016
  • IFOSMA (International Forum on Orthopaedic Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery) - Hong Kong; June 9-12, 2016
  • ISAKOS, ESSKA & FIFA - Porto, Portugal, September 2017

ISAKOS Global Link: the Society’s eLearning Resource

The ISAKOS Global Link provides year-round, accessible and high-quality education for ISAKOS members throughout the world. Content includes surgical demonstrations from previous congresses, Current Concept publications and committee projects. Surgical demonstrations from the 10th Biennial ISAKOS Congress in Lyon are offered as non-accredited online courses, including pre- and post-course questions to evaluate learning.

ISAKOS Fellowship and Residency Registry

ISAKOS has developed a comprehensive online registry for all orthopaedic surgery fellowship and residency programs around the world. The registry serves a variety of purposes, including acting as a resource for physicians of all levels to seek available fellowship and residency opportunities globally.

ISAKOS Traveling Fellowships & Scholarships

Watanabe Arthroscopy Traveling Fellowship
The Masaki Watanabe Arthroscopy Traveling Fellowship Award is a traveling fellowship sponsored by the Arthroscopy Committee of ISAKOS that will provide funding for two young arthroscopic surgeons from developing countries to travel to several medical centers and learn more about the current practice of arthroscopic surgery from well-respected experts in the field. At each site, the fellows will have an opportunity to observe arthroscopic surgeries, discuss surgical procedures, patient management, and research in the various fields of arthroscopy. The knowledge learned by the traveling fellows can then be taken back to their respective countries to improve patient care and advance the local teaching of arthroscopic surgery.

Sports Medicine Fellows’ Scholarship
ISAKOS is pleased to offer the opportunity to three international sports medicine fellows to attend the International Sports Medicine Fellows Conference. This annual course is held in January in Carlsbad, California, near San Diego. This scholarship is intended to promote better understanding and communication regarding injuries or conditions as related to sports medicine.

Teaching Center Scholarships
Sponsored by the ISAKOS Education Committee, the ISAKOS Teaching Center Scholarship is designed to provide deserving scholars with an opportunity to visit an ISAKOS Teaching Center to expand their education in the specialties of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.

2016-2017 Publications

  • Controversies in the Technical Aspects of ACL Reconstruction: An Evidence Based Medicine Approach - Editor: Norimasa Nakamura (Scientific Committee)
  • Management of Knee Osteoarthritis in the Younger, Active Patient - Editor: David Parker (Knee Committee), Current Concept Meeting (Las Vegas - March 2015)
  • Safe Return to Sports - Editors: Nicola Maffuli & Robert LaPrade (Ortho Sports Med Committee)
  • Hip Arthroscopy & Groin - Editors: Marc Safran, Victor Ilizaliturri, Mustafa Karahan, Omer Mei-Dan
  • Ligament Balancing in Total Knee Arthroplasty - Editors: Shuichi Matsuda (Knee: Arthroplasty & Alternatives Committee)
  • Traumatic Shoulder Instability and Bony Defects - Andreas Imhoff & Felix “Buddy” Savoie (Shoulder Committee)
  • How to Set Up a Motor Skill Teaching Course in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine - Editors: Mustafa Karahan & Joao Espregueira-Mendes
  • Muscle and Tendon Injuries - Editor: Gian Luigi Canata
  • Sports & Joint Replacement - Editor: Michel Bonin
  • Ankle in Football - Editor: Pieter D’Hooghe
  • Elbow Arthroscopy: 2nd Edition - Editor: Greg Bain
  • The Most Frequent Problems and Lesions in Football – What All Should Know - Editor: Joao Espregueira-Mendes

2015 Publications

  • Cartilage Lesions of the Ankle - Editors: Gian Luigi Canata, Niek van Dijk
  • Shoulder Stiffness: Current Concepts and Concerns - Editors: Eiji Itoi, Guillermo Arce, Gregory I. Bain, Ronald L. Diercks, Dan Guttmann, Andreas B. Imhoff, Augustus D. Mazzocca, Hiroyuki Sugaya, Yon-Sik Yoo; Current Concept Meeting (Amsterdam -  May 2014)
  • Sports & Joint Replacement - Editor: Michel Bonin
  • Normal & Pathoanatomy of the Shoulder - Editors: Gregory I. Bain, Eiji Itoi, Giovanni Di Giacomo, Hiroyuki Sugaya
  • State of the Art in Patellofemoral - Editors: Alberto Gobbi, Norimasa Nakamura, Joao Espregueira-Mendes

Current Concept Meetings & Committee Projects

The Ankle in Football (ISAKOS Leg, Ankle and Foot Committee)
The ISAKOS Leg, Ankle and Foot Committee will hold a closed meeting on issues specific to the treatment of the ankle in Football/Soccer during the ISAKOS, FIFA & ASPETAR Combined Meeting in February 2016. The goal is to produce a second edition of the Booklet “The Ankle in Football” in time for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. A previous edition was published for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Sports Injection Survey (ISAKOS Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Committee)
Sports Medicine Injections are an international practice, and an immense number of physicians are using this practice in an unknown number of different joints and tissues. Unfortunately, there has not been much research or documentation on the wide variation of injections and related complications. ISAKOS’ online survey seeks to begin to establish guidelines on which situations, with what kind of injections and for what expected complications are injections safe to be used.

This survey is available in both English and Spanish, and has been distributed to ISAKOS Members as well as the members of SLARD, through ISAKOS’ partnership with that organization.

Traumatic Shoulder Instability and Bony Defects (ISAKOS Shoulder Committee)
The ISAKOS Shoulder Committee will hold a consensus meeting prior to the ESSKA Congress, in Munich in May 2016. This meeting will focus on Traumatic Shoulder Instability. Anterior and Posterior glenoid bone defects, and Humeral sided (Hill Sachs) defects; Arciero-Combined lesions (Hill-Sachs and Bankart); Combined Instability; the 270 degree labral tear; how to make arthroscopic labral repairs more like the open technique; Rotator Cuff – Tendon to bone healing; and Instability in overhead athletes/throwers. This meeting is anticipated to produce a booklet publication, possibly available for the 2017 ISAKOS Congress.

Sports Injuries of the Elbow, Wrist & Hand (ISAKOS Elbow, Wrist & Hand Committee)
The ISAKOS Elbow, Wrist & Hand Committee will hold a closed academic meeting on Sports Injuries of the Elbow. This meeting will include lecutres, cadaveric arthroscopy and disection, and is anticipated to produce a book publication.

ISAKOS Society Development Timeline & Online Historical Library (ISAKOS Archives Committee)
Started in 2015 as part of ISAKOS’ 20th anniversary celebration, the ISAKOS Society Development Timeline and Online Historical Library will include relevant historical documents and photographs from the International Arthroscopy Association and International Society of the Knee (IAA & ISK, which merged to form ISAKOS), as well as ISAKOS. Former presidents will be asked to provide expanded reports on their term in office, including achievements and disappointments. Advancements in the specialties of arthroscopy and sports medicine will also be featured, as well as important Congress information.

ISAKOS Research

ISAKOS launched a program in 2015 entitled “The ISAKOS Young Investigator’s Scholarship & Research Mentoring Program.” This program was developed by the ISAKOS Scientific Committee as a mentor-mentee program for young investigators with specific focus on developing countries. The Young Investigator Program seeks to stimulate research and education in developing countries, foster international collaboration, and promote academic excellence in arthroscopy, knee surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine.

Additionally, ISAKOS has continued our funding of the ISAKOS-OREF Multi-Center Research Grants. These grants are unique in that the research must involve two research centers on different continents.