Consistent with the catastrophic anesthesia crisis in low-income countries and the need for anesthesiologists to respond to disasters, provide care in humanitarian settings and educate/train those who would otherwise have no access to such expertise, the ASA membership has been reaching out to the world in these capacities for decades.

ASA and the Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach recognize the humanitarian contributions of an ASA member for Outstanding Volunteer Service and Humanitarian Contribution annually. A nomination application is available on the ASA GHO website at The application deadline is April 30, 2015 to be reviewed at the GHO Committee meeting. The award will be presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2015 annual meeting taking place in San Diego on October 24-28.

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