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ISA is a component society of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. ISA was incorporated in 1965 as a voluntary, non-profit association of physicians interested in the practice of anesthesiology.

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The American Society of Anesthesiologists Selects Joseph Frank Cassady, MD for Bertram W. Coffer, MD, Excellence in Government Award

Cassady MD EIG AwardWashington, D.C. — (April 29, 2013)  At the 2013 American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Legislative Conference, ASA awarded Joseph Frank Cassady, MD society’s prestigious Bertram W. Coffer, MD Excellence in Government Award.

Each year, the Bertram W. Coffer, MD Excellence in Government Award is provided to one anesthesiologist in recognition of his or her contributions to the specialty that go above and beyond the call of duty to advance the society’s legislative, political, and regulatory priorities, including ensuring patient safety. ASA President-Elect, Jane CK Fitch, MD, presented the award to Dr. Cassady.

Dr. Fitch detailed Dr. Cassady’s extensive advocacy record including participation in federal and state, legislative and regulatory outreach. Noting his many voluntary roles within the medical community and in the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr. Fitch said “Frank is a tireless advocate for the specialty.”

Dr. Cassady has served as the Secretary, President-Elect and President of the Iowa Society of Anesthesiologists. He’s currently the Iowa Society of Anesthesiologist’s Director and Legislative Chair. Additionally, he serves as Secretary to the ASA’s Midwest Caucus and serves on several ASA committees. He is Chair of ASA’s Trask Force on State Advocacy.

A graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, he completed his residency at the University of Kentucky affiliated hospitals and completed a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.


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What is Anesthesiology?

Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine dedicated to the relief of pain and total care of the surgical patient before, during and after surgery.

The education of today's anesthesiologists has kept pace with their expanding role in offering the highest quality health care available anywhere in the world. After completing a four-year college program and four years of medical school, they enter a four-year anesthesiology residency training program. Fellowships in an anesthesia subspecialty and in education or research may also be taken for an additional year.
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