About ASA Charitable Foundation

Founded in 2011, the Foundation supports the charitable endeavors of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.


The mission of the Foundation is to improve health and medical care in under-served communities by advancing the quality of anesthesia care; to increase access to quality anesthesia care; to support the anesthesiology profession’s response to disasters and health crises; and to promote educational opportunities in the anesthesiology field to educate and develop leaders of these efforts in the future.


ASA members have a long history of contributing to those in need. Countless members volunteer their professional skills in the far corners of the world. In the midst of unspeakable disaster, anesthesiologists respond generously with time and money to support those in need.
For decades, our society has supported anesthesia education in remote facilities in Africa through the Overseas Teaching Program. When Hurricane Katrina disrupted medical care and anesthesia education here at home, our members contributed to the support of anesthesia trainees urgently relocated to continue their education.

The earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010 produced an outpouring of volunteer anesthesiologists participating in the disaster relief efforts there. Later that year, ASA members began a partnership with Hope for the Warriors to raise funds to aid military families coping with casualties of war. American anesthesiologists have contributed hundreds of pulse oximeters to the developing world through the Lifebox initiative and will lead the effort to introduce oximetry and safe surgery practices in Central America.

The ASA Charitable Foundation was established in 2011 to provide a platform for this work now and into the future. Unlike ASA itself, the ASA Charitable Foundation is a public charity recognized by the IRS under section 501(c)(3) and will accept tax-deductible donations for charitable initiatives identified by the ASA Board of Directors. This site through which ASA members can support the charitable work that is a core value of our specialty.

Board Members

Steven Sween, MD, FASA


Arthur Boudreaux, MD, FASA
Elizabeth T. Drum, MD, FAAP, FCPP, FASA
Faye Evans, MD
Cheryl K. Gooden, MD, FASA, FAAP
Alexander Hannenberg, MD
K.A. Kelly McQueen, MD, MPH, FASA
Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, FASA
Brian N. Vaughan, MD, FASA
James West, MD, FASA

Contact ASACF


ASA Charitable Foundation
c/o ASA headquarters
1061 American Lane
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4973

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (847) 825-5586

*The ASA Charitable Foundation is a public charity recognized by the IRS under section 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Date of last update: October 18, 2023