Our vision is to relieve the global burden of pain.

Our mission is to advance the science and practice of regional anesthesia and pain medicine to improve patient outcomes through research, education, and advocacy.

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) is one of the largest subspecialty medical societies in anesthesiology with more than 5,000 members in 66 countries on 6 continents.

We accomplish our mission and vision by addressing the clinical and professional educational needs of physicians and scientists, ensuring excellence in patient care utilizing regional anesthesia and pain medicine, and investigating the scientific basis of the specialty.

Our Core Values are ♦ Integrity ♦ Innovation ♦ Inclusiveness ♦ Service ♦ Compassion ♦ Wellness

ASRA Board of Directors


ASRA was officially "re-founded" in 1975, led by Alon P. Winnie, MD, who had a dream of a society devoted to teaching regional anesthesia. (An earlier group of the same name was founded in 1923 as a tribute to Gaston Labat.) ASRA recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary. On this occasion, ASRA founding fathers and former presidents reflected on 40 years of advancing the science and practice of regional anesthesia and pain medicine in a series of videos, including an interview with the late P. Prithvi Raj. For more information on the history of ASRA, download our 40th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet.

Founding Fathers

L. Donald Bridenbaugh, MD (1923-2018)
Harold Carron, MD (1916-1991)
Jordan Katz, MD (1932-2014)
P. Prithvi Raj, MD  (1931-2016)
Alon P. Winnie, MD (1932-2015)

Former Presidents and Leadership

Awards and Honors

ASRA recognizes the best and brightest in the field through our Awards Program, which includes the Distinguished Service Award, Gaston Labat Award, John J. Bonica Award, Resident/Fellow of the Year Award, and Presidential Scholar Award. We also offer four research grants to individuals conducting research in the fields of regional anesthesia and pain medicine. 

Special Interest Groups

Special interest groups exist to provide a subset of ASRA members the opportunity to organize for the purpose of sharing mutual interests in a specific area of regional anesthesiology, acute pain medicine, and/or chronic pain medicine. 

ASRA Committees

ASRA Committee membership offers an opportunity to contribute to the administration, development, and implementation of ASRA programs and services, network with your fellow colleagues, and become a leader in the Society. Members are invited to submit nominations in September of each year for most committees, with terms beginning at the close of the Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting the following spring. Self-nominations are permitted.

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