SubSpecialties  |   August 2014
ASRA: Fulfilling Its Missions of Education and Research
Author Affiliations
  • Joseph M. Neal, M.D.
    American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
    President
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Education / CPD / Pain Medicine / Regional Anesthesia / SubSpecialties
SubSpecialties   |   August 2014
ASRA: Fulfilling Its Missions of Education and Research
ASA Monitor 08 2014, Vol.78, 54-55.
ASA Monitor 08 2014, Vol.78, 54-55.
The mission of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) is to advance the science and practice of regional anesthesia and pain medicine. The society’s educational and research heritage dates back to 1923 when the society was founded by French surgeon Gaston Labat, who was recruited by the Mayo brothers to teach the relatively new techniques of regional anesthesia in Rochester, and later in New York City. In 1938, ASRA was one of the four sponsoring organizations at the formation of the American Board of Anesthesiology, but just two years later would disband and encourage its members to join the American Society of Anesthetists, the predecessor of ASA (1945). Reincarnated in 1975, ASRA will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year. The vision of the society’s founding fathers – a colorful and eclectic group of anesthesiologists who practiced O.R. regional anesthesia and were some of the early pioneers in pain medicine – has not only survived epic changes in medicine, but has thrived as a professional society that has managed to maintain its historical focus on operative regional anesthesia, promoted the discipline’s logical metamorphosis into acute pain medicine, and embraced the evolution of pain medicine. This update highlights recent activities that exemplify the society’s vision to be the leader in regional anesthesia and acute and chronic pain medicine through innovations in patient care and education, and support of research, and reviews ASRA’s “Year of the Member” initiative.
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