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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ISA Board Members on WHO | July 2016

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Dr. Scott Paulsen, ISA President, and Dr. Frank Cassady, ASA State Director, recently participated on the Simon Conway radio show on WHO. They discussed concerns with the VA Proposed Rule to allow all ARNPs to practice independently within the VA system. They stressed that Veterans deserve, and have earned the right to receive, the best medical care possible. Additionally, they highlighted the fact there is no shortage of physician anesthesiologists in the VA system and that the current team-based model of anesthesia care is serving Veterans safely and effectively. 

To listen to the interview, go to: and scroll down to the first link, “Simon Conway Show 7/13 Hour 2” and click on the play button.

ISA Board Members Meet with Legislators in Washington, D.C. | May 2016


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ISA Board Members pose with some of our 2016 ISA Annual Meeting Speakers
(L to R: Dr. John Dombrowski, Dr. Joseph F. Cassady, Jr., Dr. Edward (Ted) Yaghmour, Dr. Scott Paulsen, Dr. Bradley Wargo, & Dr. Thomas Touney)


More than 50 million surgeries are performed every year, and physician anesthesiologists play a critical role before, during and after procedures. Patient safety is always our top priority.

Anesthesia is safer than ever before, but there is always a potential for complications and side effects. It’s essential that a physician anesthesiologist lead the anesthesia care team, because when an emergency or complication does occur and seconds count, we have the training and expertise to help minimize risks, monitor for any problems and take quick action. This is especially important for patients who may be at greater risk because of their age, poor health or certain medical conditions.

There are many things patients can do to make their anesthesia even safer, reduce their risk of complications and recover quickly from surgery. All patients should talk with their physician anesthesiologist and surgeon before surgery, ask questions about their procedure and anesthesia care, and share information about their health history that will allow the team to provide the safest care possible.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 13-19
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Drs. Pat Allaire, Joseph Cassady, Jr., Scott Paulsen, Mark Sundet and Bradley Wargo recently meet with Iowa Senator Joni Ernst in Washington D.C.


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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