Ethics and Professionalism - American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Ethics and Professionalism


10-15-14  Statement on Professionalism 
10-19-11  Statement on Physician Non-Participation in Legally Authorized Executions

Anesthesia Care
10-16-13 Ethical Guidelines for the Anesthesia  Care of Patients with Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders or Other Directives that Limit Treatment
10-16-13  Guidelines for the Ethical Practice of Anesthesiology

Critical Care
10-25-2017 Statement  on Controlled Organ Donation after Circulatory Death

10-16-13  Statement on Quality of End-of-Life

Obstetric Anesthesia
10-26-16  Pregnancy Testing Before Surgery and Anesthesia

Quality and Safety
10-15-14  Statement on Fatigue
10-15-14  Statement on Medication Supply and the Impact of Non-Medical Uses of Medications
10-16-13  Statement on the Ethical Considerations with Drug Shortages



FAQs on Informed Consent for Procedures (PDF)

The Cost of Professionalism 
Roger A. Moore, M.D.

Professionalism in Anesthesiology Today 
Norig Ellison, M.D., Past President

The Development of Anesthesiology as a Specialty and a Profession 
Donald Caton, M.D.

Medical Professionalism: Is It Necessary or Too Arbitrary? 
David B. Waisel, M.D., Committee on Ethics

Resources of Medical Organizations

Resources for International Bioethics


  • Beauchamp TL, Childress JF. Moral norms. In: Principles of Biomedical Ethics. 6th ed. New York:Oxford University Press;2009.

  • Jonsen AR, Siegler M, Winslade WJ. Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine. 7th Edition. New York:McGraw-Hill:2010.

  • Van Norman, Gail A.; Jackson, Stephen; Rosenbaum, Stanley H.; and Palmer, Susan K.. Clinical Ethics in Anesthesiology. Cambridge University Press, 2010. Cambridge Books Online.
  • Post, Stephen Gerrard (Ed). Encyclopedia of Bioethics.New York:Macmillan Reference USA:2004 


For more information, contact the ASA Committee on Ethics.



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