American Society of Anesthesiologists Commemorates Doctors’ Day 2012

Recognizing anesthesiologists’ commitment and dedication to advancing the specialty of anesthesiology and improving patient safety

Chicago — (March 30, 2012) 

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today joins Americans across the nation to recognize Doctors’ Day 2012, an observance to celebrate the contributions of physicians. Doctors’ Day has a special connection to anesthesiology, as it first honored the efforts of Crawford W. Long, M.D.

On March 30, 1842, Dr. Long administered the first ether anesthetic for surgery and operated to remove a tumor from a patient’s neck. After the surgery, the patient revealed that he felt nothing and was not aware the surgery was over until he awoke. Doctors’ Day celebrates Dr. Long’s historic achievement, as well as the continued efforts of all physicians to alleviate human suffering and improve patient safety.

“Anesthesiologists have continued the efforts of Dr. Long and are known for their lead role in the advancement of patient safety,” said ASA President Jerry A. Cohen, M.D. “ASA is proud that anesthesiologists remain committed to research, science and technology to further the quality of safe patient care.”

ASA seeks every opportunity to advocate for changes that improve patient safety. ASA also supports its many foundations, including the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), to fund critical research efforts to reduce perioperative injury, develop practice and treatment solutions, and provide anesthesiologists with practice guidelines. 

ASA encourages the education of patients and the public nationwide about Doctors’ Day. ASA thanks all physicians for their many contributions, including those of anesthesiologists who are committed to the safety and well-being of patients.

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Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.

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