The Iowa Society of Anesthesiologists is a statewide association for practicing anesthesiologists, providing membership information, links, legislative issues, newsletters and more. ISA is dedicated to the safety of Iowa's surgical patients.
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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Latest News from the ASA

  • Two studies published in the January issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), shed new light on the prevalence of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), the number one and two leading causes of blood transfusion-related deaths in the United States.   According to researchers, postoperative TRALI is significantly underreported and more common than previously thought, with an overall rate of 1.4 percent.  While the rate of TACO was found to be on the decline, the risk to surgical patients remains high, at a rate of 4 percent, similar to previous TACO estimates in non-surgical patients.

  • The Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model consistently and significantly improves quality of care for patients and reduces health care costs, reports a first-of-its-kind, large-scale literature review of the PSH in the United States and abroad.  The review, published online this month in Milbank Quarterly, provides further evidence to support the benefits, and encourage the adoption, of the PSH model.

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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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