Asean Orthopaedic Association AOA
The year 1979 marked the inception of an association that would later be known as the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association, or AOA.
The idea came about when several orthopaedic surgeons gathered in an informal discussion, an offshoot of the formal Indonesian Orthopaedic Association (IOA) Annual Scientific Congress being held that year in Bandung, Indonesia. Sprung from that casual communication was the idea of organizing themselves to have a more formal exchange of orthopaedic knowledge and concerns.
Prof Soelarto Reksoprodjo of IOA, Dr Jose M. Pujalte of the Philippines, and some members of the Thailand and Singapore Orthopaedic Association were in that informal gathering and decided to formally organize themselves and form one association where Dr. Pujalte was given that task for a period of one year.
And the date was set, February 26, 27 and 28, 1981 – after three days of a rigorous organizational meeting at the Army and Navy Club of Manila, the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association (AOA) was born. And during those 3 days in February and after extensive brainstorming, the AOA mission-vision, Constitution and By-Laws was drafted. The Officers who will carry the torch were also elected.
The 5-member nations that founded the AOA are Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
The organizational meeting was participated in by: Prof. Soelarto Reksoprodjo and Prof, Chehab Hilmy from Indonesia; Tan Sri Dato (Dr.) Abdul Majid Ismail and Prof P. Balasubramanian from Malaysia; Dr Jose Pujalte, D, Jose Silao Jr., Dr. Vicente Pido, Dr. Antonio Montalban, Dr. Ellewellyn Pasion, and Dr. Rimando Saguin from the Philippines; Dr. Ong Leong Boon and Prof. Robert W.H. Pho from Singapore; Dr. Thamrongrat Keokarn & Prof. Natee Rukpollamuang from Thailand.
They all became the founding members of the AOA.
All fellows of each national association automatically become individual members of the AOA.
The scientific meetings since then have been held annually, the hosting of which was determined alphabetically by country. Jose M. Pujalte was the AOA Founding president in 1981 and starting in 1982, the presidency rotated among the 5 countries alphabetically.
The other AOA council members elected were: Prof Soelarto Reksoprodjo as Senior Vice President; Three Vice Presidents in the persons of Tan Sri Dato Dr. Abdul Majid Ismail, Dr. Thamrongrat Keokarn, and Prof. Robert Pho. Dr. Ong Leong Boon was named Founding Secretary-General.
The directors were Drs. Chehab Hilmy, Antonio Montalban, Ellewellyn G. Pasion, Vincente Pido, Jose V. Silao, and Prof. Balasubramanian.
All officers were officially inducted in to office during a combined meeting with the Philippine Orthopaedic Association (POA) at the Hotel Intercontinental, Makati City, Philippines last December 6, 1981