It all started in 1984 when Dr Jamal Al Shanableh and a group of anesthesiologists from Jordan decided to constitute an independent “Anesthesiology Scientific Committee”.
Before this date in Jordan and in many other Arab countries, anesthesiology was always integrated in the Surgical scientific societies.
With the support of the Jordanian Medical Council, the first “Arab Anesthesia Scientific Committee” was formed and became the nucleus for the creation of the “Pan Arab Federation of Societies of Anesthesia”
In 1985, the “First Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive Care” was held in Amman under the Patronage of his Majesty the King Hussein. 650 participants attended the congress which was a huge success.
In 1986 : was established the “Pan Arab Federation of Societies of Anesthesia- PAFSA”.
The Founding Members of the Federation :
According to a list dated from 1984, the following anesthesiologists from different Arab countries (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, KSA, Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Kuwait and U.A.E ) were the Founding Members of the Federation :
JORDAN : Dr Hilmi Hijazy, Dr Majed Haddadi, Dr Fayez Nemri, Dr Jamal Shanableh, Dr Mahmoud Keilani, Dr Izdiad Badran, Dr Mohamad Takrouri.
EGYPT : Dr Mohammad Hamed Shaker, Dr Ahmad Abdallah, Dr Atef Mandour, Dr Mahmoud AlSawi, Dr Abdel Razek Youssef.
LEBANON : Dr Fouad Haddad, Dr Anis Baraka.
KSA : Dr Mohamad Seraj, Dr Dhafir Khodeiri,
IRAK : Dr Bassam Barzanji
TUNIS : Dr Mohamed Al Dhaheri
ALGERIA : Dr Mohamed Dherif
SYRIA : Dr Bourhan El Abed, Dr Taha Jasser
KUWAIT : Dr Mohamed Motaweeh, Dr Khairy Naguib
MOROCCO : Dr Ahmed Sbihi
The Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia :
It was then decided to organize a Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia every two years :
The second Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive Care was held in Cairo in 1987.
1988 : PAFSA joined the WFSA during the World Congress of Anesthesia which was held in Washington, the same year.
The third Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive Care was held in Tunis in 1989.
The 4th Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive Care was scheduled to be held in 1991 in Irak, but it was cancelled because of war and replaced the same year, to keep the momentum, by “The first Gulf Conference on Intensive Care Medicine” in Doha, Quatar.
The 4th Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive Care was then held in Damascus in 1993.
The next meeting was the 5th Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive Care and Pain Management which was held in 1997 in Cairo.
The 6th Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Pain Control, Emergency and Disaster Medicine was held in Abu-Dhabi in 2000.
In 2002, the 7th Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive Care could not be held because of security problems in Algiers . It was postponed till 2006 in the same location.
In the mean time, while the 7th Congress was skipped, the 8th Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive Care took place in 2004 in Beirut with a huge success and more than 1000 participants.
In 2006, was finally held in Algiers, the 7th Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia and Intensive Care.
In 2009, was held the 9th Pan Arab Congress in Sharjah during which the Bylaws were amended.
In 2011 the 10th Pan Arab Congress was scheduled to take place in Damascus but it was cancelled because of war.
Also in 2013, the same 10th Pan Arab Congress could not be held in Beirut and was cancelled at the last moment for security reasons.
Finally the 10th Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia was held in Amman in 2014 with a joint organization by the Jordanian and the Lebanese Societies of Anesthesia in collaboration with the ESA.
In 2016, was held in Dubai the 11th Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine also in collaboration with the ESA.
“Anesthesia : Essays and Researches” : is the official journal of the PAFSA.
The Arab Board Diploma for Anesthesia : was created in 1993
The Consecutive Presidents of the PAFSA were the following :
1989-1991 : Dr Hilmi Hijazi, JORDAN
1996-2004 : Dr Hilmi Hijazi, JORDAN
2004-2009 : Dr Marie-Claire Antakly, LEBANON
2009-2016 : Dr Yehia Khater, EGYPT
2016-2018 : Dr Patricia Yazbeck, LEBANON