American Society of Anesthesiologists
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an association of physician
A physician is a health care provider who practices the profession of medicine, which is concerned with promoting, maintaining or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury and other physical and mental impairments...

s, primarily anesthesiologist
An anesthesiologist or anaesthetist is a physician trained in anesthesia and peri-operative medicine....

s, that share a common goal of raising the standard of the medical specialty of anesthesiology
Anesthesia, or anaesthesia , traditionally meant the condition of having sensation blocked or temporarily taken away...

 and the improvement of patient care by fostering and encouraging education through research and scientific progress.

In 2008, the organization claimed a membership of 43,000 members and has over 100 full time employees.


The group was founded in 1905 by a group of nine colleagues as the Long Island Society of Anesthetists. Its founders held meetings in the Long Island College Hospital
Long Island College Hospital
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. In 1911, the name changed to New York Society of Anesthetists.

As membership grew, the Society changed its name to the American Society of Anesthetists in 1935. It adopted its current name in 1945 and moved its facilities to rent-free accommodations in the E. R. Squibb
E. R. Squibb
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 & Sons Building in New York City
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. In 1947, ASA's headquarters moved to Chicago
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. Since 1960 it has been located in Park Ridge, Illinois
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ASA designated the ASA's Division of Scientific Affairs as the major continuing educational component of the Society, and the Committee on Professional Education Oversight has overall responsibility for the programs. To achieve its goal of raising standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology, ASA sponsors the world's largest annual educational program for anesthesiologists, to provide anesthesiologists with information on the newest developments in anesthesiology and other related medical fields. ASA also offers formal refresher courses of continuing education for the practicing anesthesiologist at the Annual Meeting and in regional courses throughout the year.
Educational Products Include:
  • Self-Education and Evaluation Program (SEE) - A self-assessment which practitioners can complete at their own convenience. SEE enables anesthesiologists to gain an objective measure of their professional knowledge and provides guidance for continuing education
  • Anesthesiology Continuing Education Program (ACE) – facilitates lifelong learning by allowing practitioners to assess their status of knowledge, identify any areas of improvement and prepare for the written anesthesiology recertification examination
  • Patient Safety CME - provides case based instruction on Patient Safety
  • ASA Refresher Courses in Anesthesiology
  • Anesthesiology’s Journal-Based Programs
  • Annual Meetings
  • Simulation Education Web Site
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers: A Manual for Anesthesiologists


Membership is open to holders of Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
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 (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
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 (D.O.) degrees
Academic degree
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 who are licensed
Medical license
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 practitioners and have successfully completed a training program in anesthesiology approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is the body responsible for the accreditation for graduate medical training programs for medical doctors in the United States. It is a non-profit private council that evaluates and accredits medical residency and internship programs...

 (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association
American Osteopathic Association
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Members must maintain the high standards required by the Society throughout their careers. Within the membership, the Society has a special section for residents
Residency (medicine)
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 in training in anesthesiology. Resident members must be physicians in a full-time anesthesiology residency program accredited by ACGME or AOA.


ASA is governed by its House of Delegates. The House of Delegates is composed of ASA delegates and directors (designated by geographic distribution), ASA officers, all past presidents, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, the chairs of all sections, the chair of the ASA delegation to the American Medical Association
American Medical Association
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 House of Delegates and each member of the Resident Component Governing Council not to exceed five members and a non-voting member of the Medical Student component. The House of Delegates meets each year during the Society's Annual Meeting.

During the interim between the meetings of the House of Delegates, the ASA Board of Directors exercises authority to manage the business and financial affairs of the Society, and superintends and directs the publication and distribution of all official documents, journals and reports consistent with policies of the House of Delegates. The Board of Directors meet three times each year. The Society also has many special committees. In addition, 55 component societies work to implement and complement the Society's goals at the community level.

The current president is Dr. Alexander A. Hannenberg. The President-Elect is Mark A. Warner, M.D., the secretary
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 is Arthur M. Boudreaux, M.D. and the treasurer
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is Dr. John M. Zerwas.


Meetings are held annually and are based on scientific progress in the anestisiology field.
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The Society publishes multiple academic resources within the following categories:
  • Practice Management
  • Practice Parameters
  • Continuing Education
  • Patient Education
  • Patient Safety/Risk Management and Quality Improvement
  • General Publications
    • ASA Bylaws
    • ASA Standards
    • Guidelines and Statements
    • The Medical Specialty of Anesthesiology
    • Challenge, Diversity, Flexibility, Rewards
  • Periodicals
    • ASA newsletter
    • The Journal Anesthesiology
  • Physician Booklets

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