ISAKOS History


ISAKOS Mission Statement

To advance the worldwide exchange and dissemination of education, research and patient care in arthroscopy, knee surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine.

ISAKOS was Formed

By the merger of the International Arthroscopy Association (IAA) and the International Society of the Knee (ISK) in 1995 at the IAA & ISK Combined Congress in Hong Kong.

ISAKOS Works With

Regional and National societies who share similar goals, providing a larger arena where these national societies and continental organizations can combine their strengths in an international forum.

ISAKOS is on the Rise

With more than 3,000 members from 93 countries and regions around the world.

The ISAKOS Congress

The ISAKOS Congress is Held Every Two Years

Congress Locations include Buenos Aires, Argentina (1997), Washington DC, USA (1999), Montreux, Switzerland (2001), Auckland, New Zealand (2003), Hollywood, Fl, USA (2005), Florence, Italy (2007), Osaka, Japan (2009), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2011), Toronto, Canada (2013), Lyon, France (2015), Shanghai, China (2017).

ISAKOS Congresses Are

Truly international gatherings, where leaders of national and regional societies meet to share research and societal information. The ISAKOS Congress is known for its vitality and variety, as well as diverse and high quality presentations.

ISAKOS Congresses Include

Scientific Paper Sessions, Discussions and Debates, Symposia, Live Surgical Demonstrations, Electronic Posters, Technical Exhibits, Instructional Course Lectures, Lunch Time Lectures and Hands on Workshops. Also included is a social program including a Welcome Reception and Spouse Program.


ISAKOS membership is available to individuals who demonstrate an interest or ability in the fields of medicine or science and who have demonstrated an interest in arthroscopy, knee surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine.

ISAKOS grants immediate Associate Membership to current members of our partner societies – AANA, AOSSM, APKASS, ESSKA and SLARD.

ISAKOS' Annual Dues are $275 and include an annual subscription to Journal of ISAKOS: Joint Disorders & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. To join ISAKOS, complete the membership application online. Online membership applications are processed immediately.

ISAKOS Membership Benefits