The Indian Journal of Anaesthesia (ISSN 0019-5049) or IJA,
is the official scientific journal of the Indian Society of
Anaesthesiologists, which at a membership strength of nearly 20000
is the 2nd largest society of anaesthesiologists in the world.
The Indian Journal of Anaesthesia was first published in 1953 by
Dr. M.C. Ganguly as its Editor. The IJA which is an indexed,
peer reviewed journal, originated as a platform for the
scientific expression of the ISA which is the umbrella society
to which almost all anesthesiologists in India belong. However
it has grown over the years to be international in its scope,
also accepting selected articles of merit from contributors all
over the world. IJA is published Bimonthly.
The objective is to provide opportunities for free exchange of
ideas and information. The society or the editorial board accept
no responsibility for any statements published in the journal.
These statements are solely attributable to the authors; they
are not necessarily indicative of the policies of the society or
the editorial board
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The Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (ISA), the
professional society of Anaesthesiologist - physicians of India,
is a non-profit voluntary organization that exists for the
benefit of it's members and is recognised as the representative
body of the specialty by the Medical Council of India (MCI),
Government of India, State Governments, Universities of India,
and the National Academy of Medical Sciences. The Society was
founded in 1947 in Mumbai (Bombay) and now re-registered at
Chennai (Regd. No. 8/1999)-(PAN : AAAT13385A).
It has committed itself to improving the Healthcare
Standards, Education and Research in Anaesthesia, Pain and
Palliative Care, Intensive & Critical Care, Primary Trauma Care
and Resuscitation, apart from Perioperative Medicine. Along with
Government & NGOs it also caters in providing quality health
care in remote and rural areas including maternal and child
The Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists is affiliated to the
World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA),
regionally linked to Asian Australasian Society of
Anaesthesiologists (AASA); South Asian Confederation of
Anaesthesiologists (SACA) and nationally represented through
various state and city branches.
The Society is growing and has now established a creditable
membership strength of Anaesthesiologists. In infancy the
society grew up with the surgical colleagues as a common
formation till 1964. To meet the needs of member
anaesthesiologists, ISA conducts various programmes, workshops
and conference at regional and national levels, publishes
literature supplements, the Indian Journal of Anaesthesia,
clinical protocols and patient information brochures. The
National Annual Conference takes place in different Indian city
each year and attracts speakers as well as delegates from India
and abroad. The 4 day Annual conference has been
constitutionally fixed to take place from 27th to 30th December
every year preceded by Continued Medical Education (CME) on 26th
December. Over the years, the CME programmes have become very
popular besides the scientific programmes like guest lectures,
interactive workshops, pros & cons sessions, meet-the-expert.
The state-of-the-art scientific/industrial exhibitions, and
the cultural and sight-seeing programmes had added glamour to
The silver Jubilee of the formation of the ISA was in 1972
and the Silver Jubilee Conference was conducted in Chennai in
The Golden Jubilee year was celebrated in New Delhi in 1997.
50th Annual National Conference (Goldcon 2002) was conducted
at Coimbatore in 2002.
The Society is governed by the Governing Council chaired by the
President and is administered by Honorary Secretary (National),
Treasurer along with Vice-President, Editor of IJA, nine
Governing Council Members, two immediate past Presidents,
immediate past National Secretary and Treasurer. Organising
Secretary of the Annual National Conference of the corresponding
year is also Ex-Officio member.
Apart from the academic promotion, the Society caters to the
welfare of colleagues in the critical times through Family
Benifit Scheme and strives for standardization of practice,
balanced projection of future professional requirement and
establishment of the College of Anaesthesiologists.
The Society provides guidelines to the Government and
non-governmental organizations in organizing Anaesthesiology
Departments, Critical Care units, Pain Clinics and Primary
Trauma Care and Disaster management. The Society also maintains
active association with other professional organisations.