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About the WSSA

Founded in 1948, the WSSA was formed to advance the science and art of anesthesiology, and to stimulate interest and promote progress in that specialty. It is a Washington State Non-profit Corporation, and is a component society of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.



Celebrate the 2nd Annual Physician Anesthesiologists Week

Join ASA and advocate for patient-centered, physician-led care. Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2016, recognized January 31 - February 6, is an action-packed, week-long event to alert policymakers, the media and the public that when seconds count, physician anesthesiologists save lives.

Access the Physician Anesthesiologists Week Toolkit (members only).


Upcoming Events

Thank you for attending WSSA's Joint Winter Scientific Meeting  held December 4-6th, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel Seattle in Seattle, WA. For those in attendance, you will receive information regarding CME credits.

Save the Date for our 2016 Meetings!

CMS Establishes ICD-10 Center and Ombudsman Role 

CMS has created a new ICD-10 Coordination Center located in Baltimore, and has named emergency room physician William Rogers, MD as its “ICD-10 ombudsman” to address stakeholder complaints regarding the code switchover. Dr. Rogers is the director of the Physicians Regulatory Issues Team at CMS, which works to reduce the regulatory burden on physicians who participate with the Medicare program. His role as ICD-10 ombudsman will be to serve as an advocate within CMS. Contact Dr. Rogers at icd10_ombudsman@cms.hhs.gov.

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WSSA’s delegation to the ASA House of Delegates in San Diego, October 2015: (front row) Vita Pliskow, MD; Louise Miller, WSSA Executive Director; Daniela Alexianu, MD, WSSA President; Aparna Ananth, MD; (back row) Robert Hsiung, MD; John Bramhall, MD; James Burkman, MD; Mark Flanery, MD; M. Sean Kincaid, MD; Peter Dunbar, MB, ChB; James Stangl, MD.