Academy of Anesthesiology Statistics​​

The Anesthetists’ Travel Club was founded by Dr. John S. Lundy in 1929. He wanted to organize a meeting of leading anesthetists in the United States and Canada to discuss problems pertaining to the speciality.

The first meeting was held in Rochester, Minnesota from December 16-21, 1929. It continued under his personal influence, meeting annually through 1941.

The founding members of the Anesthetist Travel Club, who were at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota for the inaugural meeting in 1929.

With the intervention of World War II, meetings were suspended through 1951. Dr. Lundy then decided to reorganize the Anesthetists’ Travel club and rename it the Academy of Anesthesiology. With his guidance, Dr. Roland J. Whitacre framed a proposed constitution and bylaws. These were introduced at the last meeting of the Anesthetists’ Travel Club, in 1952, and unanimously adopted.

The Inaugural Meeting of the Academy of Anesthesiology was held in October 1954. It was decided that membership should be by invitation only. The number of active members was limited to “a maximum of 60”, plus “senior”, non-voting members. A substantial portion of the dues were contributed annually to the Anesthesia Foundation (formerly the Anesthesia Memorial Foundation).

As proposed by Dr. Lundy, the Academy produced a “Directory” of its members. This consisted of one or more pages of biographical and career information about each member, including a photograph and bibliography.


Photograph of members of the Anesthetists Travel Club from 1933. Dr. John S. Lundy is seated in the center.

Academy of Anesthesiology Presidents:

Term President’s Name
2015 Mark A. Warner
2001 H. Michael Marsh
1979 Emerson A. Moffitt
1965 John W. Pender
1959 John S. Lundy
1957 Charles F. McCuskey
1956 Ralph M. Tovell

Active/Emeritus Mayo Clinic Staff Members of the Academy of Anesthesiology:

Initial Year of Membership

Mayo Clinic Staff Member


Timothy Curry, M.D., Ph.D.


James R. Hebl, M.D.


Carlos B. Mantilla, M.D., Ph.D.


James R. Munis, M.D., Ph.D.


Sorin J. Brull, M.D.


Mary Ellen E. Warner, M.D.


Bradly J. Narr, M.D.


Daniel R. Brown, M.D., Ph.D.


David P. Martin, M.D., Ph.D.


Douglas R. Bacon, M.D.


Mark A. Warner, M.D.


Kai Rehder, M.D.