The ISA was founded in 1947, soon after the centenary celebration of ether anaesthesia held in Bombay in Oct 1946. The first conference was held on 23 rd and 24 th Dec 1949 at Seth G.S Medical College, Bombay. The first official journal of ISA was published in July 1953 and Dr M.c Gangule was the first editor of the journal.
The ISA is recognized as the representative body of the anaesthesia speciality by the Govt. of India,State Govt. Medical Council of India, Universities and National Academy of Medical Sciences.