Our vision is to be the leader in regional anesthesia and acute and chronic pain medicine through innovations in education and research.

Advancing the science and practice of regional anesthesia and pain medicine

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) is one of the largest subspecialty medical societies in anesthesiology with more than 4,000 members in 60 countries and 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...

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Steven Cohen, MD
James Hebl, MD
Edward R. Mariano, MD, MAS
Colin J.L. McCartney, MBChB, FRCA, FRCPC
Samer Narouze, MD, PhD
Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC
David Provenzano, MD


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. For more information on the history of ASRA, download our 40th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet.

Founding Fathers

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

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, and Resident/Fellow of the Year Award. We also offer two 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. 

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