About ASA

Advancing the practice and securing the future

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.

Since its founding in 1905, the Society's achievements have made it an important voice in American Medicine and the foremost advocate for all patients who require anesthesia or relief from pain.

As physicians, anesthesiologists are responsible for administering anesthesia to relieve pain and for managing vital life functions, including breathing, heart rhythm and blood pressure, during surgery. After surgery, they maintain the patient in a comfortable state during the recovery and are involved in the provision of critical care medicine in the intensive care unit.

Where We've Been...

Listen to Immediate Past President John M. Zerwas, M.D. discuss ASA's 2012-2013 highlights.

...and Where We're Going

Listen to ASA President Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D. discuss where ASA is heading in 2014.


2013 Annual Report
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) is pleased to deliver the 2013 Annual Report, for the first time in electronic format to our members.

In addition to the many significant accomplishments you’ll read about in this year’s report, we hope you’ll enjoy some of the new features including a refreshed look and feel and video messages from leadership.

Thank you for your ongoing support and outstanding contributions that help make our growing society exceptional today and long into the future.

Read the 2013 Annual Report.



Previous Annual Reports

2012 Annual Report