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. www.asacharity.org will be the site through which ASA members can support the charitable work that is a core value of our specialty.
- Steven Sween, M.D.
- Alexander Hannenberg, M.D.
- K.A. Kelly McQueen, M.D., MPH
- Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., MHA
- Arthur Boudreaux, M.D.
- James West, M.D.