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



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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