Anesthesiology is the Practice of Medicine

Advancing the Practice and Securing the Future

Physician led medical care is the key to patient safety and quality healthcare for South Carolina and the U.S.

The South Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists is an organization of member Physicians who are licensed medical specialists in Anesthesiology. After four (4) years of University and then four (4) years of medical school, Physician Anesthesiologists complete a one (1) year internship, usually in Internal Medicine or General Surgery and then complete a 3-5 year residency in Anesthesiology. Anesthesiologists are the patient safety experts in Medicine.  They make modern medicine possible.

The practice of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine has come a long way since the days of ether. Today's Physician Anesthesiologist is the medical expert in physiology, pre-operative surgical evaluations, surgical anesthesia care, post-anesthesia care, acute and chronic pain management, obstetrical anesthesia, emergency airway management and critical care. Anesthesiologists can be found directing the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the Respiratory Care Department, the Post Anesthesia Care Unit or Recovery Room and of course the Anesthesia
Sub specialties: Anesthesiologists may complete additional residency and fellowship training in order to sub-specialize in the following: Pediatric Anesthesia, Obstetrical Anesthesia, Cardiovascular Anesthesia, Ambulatory Anesthesia, Critical Care Medicine and Interventional Pain Management.


The SCSA has over 500 member Physicians who are private practice Anesthesiologists, teaching Physicians, residents, retired Anesthesiologists and some out-of-state affiliate members.

Educational Members: AAs (Anesthesiologist's Assistants) and NAs (Nurse Anesthetists) may join the SCSA as educational members.


Physician Anesthesiologists practice in a variety of settings and models.  They may be in hospitals, surgery centers and other outpatient facilities. They may practice in small or large groups, MD only practices where the Anesthesiologist is the only anesthesia provider involved in the care of the patient, or the Anesthesia Care Team model (ACT).  The ACT is the most frequently seen practice model and includes the Anesthesiologist as the leader of the team with the following support staff: Nurse Anesthetists (NAs), Anesthesiologists' Assistants (AAs), and Anesthesia Techs.

Anesthesia services encompass the pre-operative evaluation and preparation of the patient, the prescribing of the anesthesia plan, the performance of invasive procedures, the administration of extremely powerful pharmaceuticals, the monitoring and control of the heart, lung, brain, autonomic and other functions, the performance of invasive regional anesthesia, the management of emergence, and the provision of post-operative medical care.

Interventional Pain Management is a growing and critically important medical specialty. Anesthesiologists who have completed an additional residency and fellowship training in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain are board certified and licensed to practice this unique medical specialty of Interventional Pain Management.


Physician-led, patient-centered care is the safest and most cost-effective model for providing anesthesia care. South Carolina has laws, regulations and policies that help ensure patient safety by requiring physician supervision of nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologist assistants.


Senator Tim Scott with SCSA member Izabela Barnes, MD

White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney with Jennifer Root, MD

Governor McMaster and Catherine Dibenedetto

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