ISKAST History

ISKAST Mission Statement

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

ISKAST 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.

ISKAST 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.

ISKAST is on the Rise

With more than 3,000 members from 97 countries and regions around the world


ISKAST 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.

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

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ISKAST Archives
An initiative of the ISKAST Archives Committee Travel through time and learn about the creation and development of ISKAST. From the merger of ISK and IAA to form ISKAST, to photo galleries, storytellers, video archives, and more.

ISKAST Giants in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Video Series
View the Giants in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine series of video interviews–each episode features an up-close interview highlighting the contributions of living legends who have helped to make ISKAST the excellent organization that it is today. Videos are available on Global Link and podcasts are available wherever you get your podcasts.

ISKAST 25th Anniversary: The Road to Create ISKAST 25 Years Ago
Presented at the ISKAST 2021 Global Congress
Learn about the development of the International Arthroscopy Association (IAA) with its foundation in 1974, to the International Society of the Knee (ISK) founded in 1976. The spread of Arthroscopy to other joints and it’s overlap with Sports Medicine made leaders realize this would change the face of orthopaedics and discussed the creation of ISKAST to meet mutual demands. Also learn about how orthopaedics and orthopaedic surgeons reacted to the revolutionary advances of the late 70s and early 80s and how the group wanted it to be flexible enough to meet the changing needs and be truly international.