The Bangalore city branch and the Karnataka state branch of Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists were born as twins on the same day, the inauguration of which took place on 19th November, 1973. (Source: Dr GR Gopinath, Souvenir, VII southern interstate conference of the Anaesthetists, Bangalore 1987).
Bangalore hosted the 1st anaesthesia state conference in Oct 1973 at Victoria Hospital, Bangalore and 29th anaesthesia state conference was conducted in Sept 2013 at Raja Rajeshwari Medical College, Bangalore.
Since the formation of the city branch in the early seventies with a handful of anaesthesiologists as members, ISA, Bangalore branch has grown by leaps and bounds to the current strength of over 850 life members.
The ISA, Bangalore branch regularly conducts scientific meetings to update both the knowledge and the skills of its members to fulfill the requirement of high quality anaesthesia care for patients. There are several programmes to nurture the young post graduates in anaesthesia at the early stage of their career. Similarly, practising anaesthesiologists are provided opportunity to enhance their clinical knowledge through monthly academic meetings, continued medical education (CME) programmes and conferences.
Patients, who are the main stakeholders, are also educated and updated about the specialty of anaesthesia, role the anaesthesiologists play in the peri-