The New York State Society of
Anesthesiologists, Inc.

NYSSA Membership

NYSSA is a medical specialty society, dedicated to providing continuing medical education to its members and advancing the practice of anesthesiology. We are a component society of The American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc. (ASA). To be eligible for membership, your principal professional activity must be in New York State.

By becoming an NYSSA member, you join a community of approximately 3,000+ New York State anesthesiologists and more than 35,000 anesthesiologists nationwide. They advocate on behalf of both patients and physicians in formulating standards and guidelines, to advance the practice of anesthesiology. Together, NYSSA members provide a powerful and effective voice for our specialty, both in New York State and nationally.

Membership provides opportunities to:

Voice your opinion about changes affecting the practice of anesthesiology;

Attend the internationally acclaimed PostGraduate Assembly (PGA), at no additional fee;

Stay informed about the latest legal, governmental and regulatory developments;

Lobby and voice your views to your legislative representatives on issues of critical importance to the practice of anesthesiology;

Serve on committees.

Membership Advantages and Opportunites

     PGA General Registration - Prepaid with NYSSA dues 
          (Provides up to 46.5 hours of category 1 CME Credits)
   •  Legislative and Legal Representation in Albany
Legal Resources - Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C.
   •  NYSSA Membership Directory (member log-in required)
   •  Speakers Bureau Spokespersons
   •  NYSSA Publications - Sphere
   •  Public Relations Media Outreach
   •  Liaison with other Medical and Specialty Societies
   •  Financial and Insurance Program Eligibility
   •  Headquarters Staff Information and Support

Becoming an NYSSA Member

To become a member of NYSSA, you may request an application by contacting the NYSSA:

   •  Phone: 212-867-7140
   •  Email:
NYSSA/ASA application (PDF)
   •  Applications may also be completed online through the
ASA website

Note: NYSSA is a component society of ASA. All NYSSA members must be, or become members of ASA.


NYSSA Categories and Annual Dues Fee

Active: Anesthesiologists practicing in New York State - $595.00 plus district fee

Retired: Active members of NYSSA who have been in good standing for 10 years or more, qualify for NYSSA Retired membership - No fee

Affiliate: Physicians or other scientists who are not engaged in the clinical practice of Anesthesiology - $297.50

Resident: Physician in training for anesthesiology residency in New York
State - $50.00

Medical Student: No fee

Continuing Medical Education

The PGA - The NYSSA's annual PostGraduate Assembly in Anesthesiology 
(PGA) is recognized as one of the most prestigious clinical meetings in anesthesiology, in the world. The PGA offers over 130 presentations, including, panel case discussions, workshops, miniworkshops, problem-based learning discussions and focus sessions. Attendance usually exceeds 6,000 persons representing more than 50 nations. Anesthesiologists attend the PGA to learn, and to present the latest technological and pharmacological advances. The PGA provides opportunities to meet one-on-one with distinguished authors and innovators in the field and participate in hands-on and interactive learning sessions. During the course of the five day meeting, there is time for sharing ideas, gaining new perspectives, networking and enjoying the wonders of New York City.

Educational Mission - The New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc., is dedicated to elevating the standards of the specialty by fostering and encouraging research, scientific education, and scientific progress in anesthesiology. The Society's mission is to ensure that its educational offerings provide a comprehensive integrated program of continuing medical education pertinent to the practice of anesthesiology.

Governance - NYSSA is governed by its House of Delegates which convenes annually in December. The House of Delegates is comprised of approximately 120 members, including elected Delegates, representing the eight geographic districts in New York State, the Officers, the Directors, the District Director to The American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc. (ASA), the Delegate to The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), Residents Section Delegate, Past Presidents and Committee Chairs.

Committees - NYSSA accomplishes its goals through the efforts of its committees. Members who participate find professional satisfaction in volunteering their services and enhancing the future of anesthesiology.

District Meetings - All eight districts hold regular meetings. These forums provide members with an opportunity to discuss Society business affairs and network with their local peers, and to hear speakers address timely topics of interest.

Residents Section - NYSSA encourages residents to become actively involved with issues that will affect their practice as they embark upon their career in anesthesiology. The Residents Section holds its own meetings, has its own delegate to the NYSSA House of Delegates and elects its own officers.

Society News and Information - NYSSA members receive Sphere, the Society's quarterly publication. Sphere provides members with information on advances and issues in the practice of anesthesiology, news about progress on legislative issues that impact the field, updates on NYSSA committee activities and notes of interest from other ASA component societies.

Public Affairs - The New York State Society of Anesthesiologists supports an active public affairs program designed to educate the public about anesthesia and the role of the anesthesiologist. The Society compiles an annual Speakers Bureau list of more than 30 members, who have expertise in specific disciplines of anesthesia practice. The list is distributed to the local and national media.

In addition, the Society uses annual events such as Doctors Day in March, to promote public education about anesthesiology through stories and reports in television, radio and print.

New York State Fair - The NYSSA exhibit at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, plays an important role in the Society's public education and outreach efforts. Each year, the Society prepares new topics, and recruits from membership more than 60 volunteers necessary to staff the 12 days of the Fair. During the Fair, several hundred adults and children visit the NYSSA exhibit to talk informally with anesthesiologists about their concerns regarding anesthesia and surgery.

Legislative Advocates in Albany

Legal Counsel - NYSSA members have a voice in Albany. We have experienced legal counsel, who represent our legal and legislative interests. Our attorney works closely with the Society's Government, Legal and Economic Affairs Committee to focus attention on issues affecting members and their patients. Counsel and the committee work together to:

Monitor legislative activities that may impact the practice of anesthesiology;

Lobby legislators;

Coordinate NYSSA's annual Legislative Day for NYSSA members to meet with their legislators. In addition, our counsel is available to speak at District Meetings, as well as, to the various Anesthesiology Departments throughout New York State;

Prepares practice management articles;

Serves as legal liaison with The American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc. (ASA), and The Medical Society of the State of New York, (MSSNY).