Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA)
Let the specialty honor your achievements
Step up to the ASA’s highest designation. Becoming a FASA® helps others recognize your contributions and commitment to patient care, education, and the future of the specialty, and positions you as a leader in the field. You most likely already meet the criteria and qualifications to achieve your FASA designation. Don’t wait to the end of your career to distinguish yourself amongst your peers – start your application today!
“Anesthesiologists are the strongest patient advocates in the field of medicine and most trusted physicians regarding patients’ safety and well-being in their more vulnerable moments. It is an honor and a privilege to care for our patients and now I am equally honored and humbled to become a FASA.”
– Ramis Gheith, MD, FASA
“Since I was a resident, I viewed the FASA designation in the highest regard. It has been my goal to be the best cardiac anesthesiologist I can be and through this journey thus far, I felt now I would be honored to become a FASA. I would highly encourage my colleagues to be involved, strive to become a leader, and find a specific niche to thrive in.”
– Naeem Poursharif, DO, FASA
“Becoming a FASA member is the ultimate recognition of my involvement within the ASA so far. We all thrive as learners to become teachers, and this is one of the goals I had in my career.”
– Barbara Orlando, MD, FASA
- 5 years of continuous ASA Active membership as of FASA application submission date (or if an ASA Retired member, to have met these criteria immediately prior to transitioning to Retired member status)
("Active" membership means membership in the "Active" member category. Membership years in the "Resident" category will not count towards the 5-year eligibility period)
- 5 years of continuous ASA Active component membership as of FASA application submission date (or if an ASA Retired member, to have met these criteria immediately prior to transitioning to Retired member status)
("Active" membership means membership in the "Active" member category. Membership years in the "Resident" category do not count towards the 5-year eligibility period)
- Unrestricted medical license(s) (or if an ASA Retired member, to have met these criteria immediately prior to transitioning to Retired member status)
- Board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology or American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology or board certified by a recognized international body and recommended by the ASA secretary to the ASA Executive Committee for approval (or if an ASA Retired member, to have met this criteria immediately prior to transitioning to Retired member status)
- 2 names and emails of any current anesthesiologist member (i.e., an “Active” ASA member) in good standing for letters of recommendation (the letter itself is not needed at time of applying; you’ll request them in the application)
- CV and optional bibliography
- A non-refundable $350 application fee: The application process must be completed within 12 months of receiving payment and/or applying or the fee will be charged again.
- Must meet 6 total qualifications with at least 1 from each of the 3 categories listed below; all within the past 5 years of FASA application submission date.
(If you are applying as a Retired member, all 6 qualification must all have happened within the last 5 years of FASA application)
You must meet 6 total qualifications with at least 1 from each of the 3 categories (i.e., professionalism/leadership, advocacy, and education/scholarly activities) within the past 5 years of your FASA application submission date, even if your applying as a Retired member.
- Leadership position or participation in ASA, ASA component society, ASA committee or other ASA entity
Example(s): Delegate, alt-delegate, president/past president – any sort of leadership position or participation on a committee
- Local or community leadership position or activities
- Hospital or practice leadership position
Example(s): A position within a hospital/practice/group, including committee positions
- Held a leadership position with a subspecialty or any medical society
Example(s): Delegate, alt-delegate, president/past president – any sort of leadership position or participation on a committee for a society other than ASA or component society
- Leadership or participation in an ASA foundation
Example(s): Monetary contributions to any one of the ASA foundations and/or held a leadership position
- Military or government leadership position
- Demonstrated medical volunteerism
Example(s): Volunteering time medically such as pro-bono work in other countries
- Attend ASA Legislative Conference
- Active participation in ASA advocacy efforts
Example(s): Grassroots activities, contacting state representatives, making comments on posts, informing coworkers about campaign/ political issues, campaigning for an issue, raising awareness, involvement in ASAPAC, trackable political activity
- Active participation in ASA component advocacy efforts
Example(s): On a state level: Grassroots activities, contacting state representatives, making comments on posts, informing coworkers about campaign/ political issues, campaigning for an issue, raising awareness, involvement in ASAPAC, trackable political activity; needs to be verified by state
- Active involvement in teaching or mentoring activities
Example(s): Professor roles (adjunct, etc.), a position in practice/hospital that requires teaching/mentoring; typically, documented on CV
- Research in anesthesiology
Example(s): Represented on CV in a “Research” section
- Publication in journals, web content, teaching materials
Example(s): Documented on CV or bibliography
- ABA Board examiner, exam program development
Example(s): Documented on CV
- Education program development (print, live, digital)
Example(s): Associated with a teaching role; documented on CV
- Faculty position for ASA or other educational programs or meetings
Example(s): Held a speaker role at an ASA meeting or other educational programs/meetings where CME is offered
- Editor position for publications
Example(s): Documented on CV
- Subspecialty or other medical board certification
- Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology participation
- Participation or attendance at 3 ASA or ASA component society live educational events
Example(s): Events must carry CME
- Participation and claimed credits for 3 ASA CME-bearing products, each offering 25 credits or more
Example(s): ACE (ACE A counts as 1 and ACE B counts as 2 because each section is 30 credits), SEE, or any other product offering 25+ credits but it cannot be from a meeting
Read the full ASA Fellow Designation Criteria and Qualification Checklist [pdf]
Applying for Your FASA Designation
Upload your CV and other documents, and pay your application fee directly online. The sponsor letter requests may be emailed to colleagues within the online application. You can save your work at any point during the process and return to complete, submit, and review it at any time.
Start Your Application
Becoming a FASA signifies your commitment to the highest level of patient care and professional excellence. Congratulations to our newest Fellows of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA)!
Active members who are approved as Fellows of the American Society of Anesthesiologists will retain the privilege of the FASA designation for as long as ASA membership is retained. If an Active Fellow member allows his/her ASA membership to lapse for greater than 1 membership cycle, the member must re-apply for the Fellow designation. The 5-years continuous membership restarts from the point the member rejoins ASA and the component society as an Active member.
Active Fellow members retain the FASA designation when they convert to ASA Retired member status only if Active membership is maintained up to approval of change in status.
If you have questions about the FASA program, please contact [email protected], use Live Chat, or call your Member Services Team M - F, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT at (630) 912-2552.