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Cedars-Sinai Physician Assistant - Orthopedic Medicine (Shoulder & Elbow) - Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, California

Job Description

Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries and illnesses. As the sports division of the #1 in California and #3 nationally ranked Cedars-Sinai Department of Orthopaedics, as surveyed by U.S. News & World Report, the institute provides comprehensive care for a broad range of orthopaedic conditions for all stages of life. Institute physicians have pioneered advanced surgical methods and procedures to enhance treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery and for over more than half a century, the institute has become an internationally recognized center for research and education in sports medicine. We are seeking a Physician Assistant who will provide health care services to patients under direction and responsibility of Physician by performing the following duties:


  • Examines patient, performs comprehensive physical examination, and complies patient medical data including health history and results of physical examination.

  • Under the direction of Dr. John Itamura who specializes in elbow arthroscopy and reconstruction, periarticular fractures of the shoulder and elbow as well as primary and revision elbow arthroplasty, you will assist in conducting patient assessments, provide pre-op and post-op assessment, including treatment plans.

  • First assist on some cases (not all) including, suture skills equal to that of the surgeon, knowledge of anatomy of all cases, knowledge of latest surgical techniques and ability to contribute intelligent input into the surgical procedures.

  • Work under protocol to develop an effective, safe, and patient-centered treatment plan

  • Provide timely and complete clinical documentation in the EHR following patient visits or telephone calls.

  • Maintain ongoing communication with the physician regarding assigned patients and provide timely notification of changes in patient status.

  • Maintain ongoing communication with other members of the care team through written documentation, telephone or in-person conversation.

  • Ensure timely access of patient appointments.

  • Ability to read x-rays and laboratory studies.

  • Lateral mobility skills are required for success in this role.

  • Debridement, suturing, removal of casts and traction skills are equally important to your success in this role as well.

**This is a highly visible position requiring a very energetic individual with the ability to thrive in a very busy, high volume environment managing patients who require revision surgery after undergoing a failed prior surgery. At least 60% of Dr. Itamura's patients have had previous or even multiple prior surgeries.

**Dr. Itamura performs highly complex reconstruction surgery, so you must possess the ability to perform very thorough exams and take very critically precise notes and documentation.


Educational Requirements:

  • Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant studies

License/Certification requirements:

  • National Certification as a Physician Assistant

  • BLS and ACLS Certification required

  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) certification required


  • Minimum one (1) year Physician Assistant experience in a relevant clinical area strongly preferred, e.g., orthopaedics or sports medicine, general surgery, reconstructive surgery, or other surgical specialties is strongly preferred.

  • This position requires a strong, highly motivated individual who has a very strong focus on patient care, excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work under pressure.

About Us

Cedars-Sinai is a leader in providing high-quality healthcare encompassing primary care, specialized medicine and research. Since 1902, Cedars-Sinai has evolved to meet the needs of one of the most diverse regions in the nation, setting standards in quality and innovative patient care, research, teaching and community service. Today, Cedars- Sinai is known for its national leadership in transforming healthcare for the benefit of patients. Cedars-Sinai impacts the future of healthcare by developing new approaches to treatment and educating tomorrow's health professionals. Additionally, Cedars-Sinai demonstrates a commitment to the community through programs that improve the health of its most vulnerable residents.

About the Team

With a growing number of primary urgent and specialty care locations across Southern California, Cedars-Sinai’s medical network serves people near where they live. Delivering coordinated, compassionate healthcare you can join our network of clinicians and physicians to improve the healthcare people throughout Los Angeles and beyond.

Req ID : HRC1459464

Working Title : Physician Assistant - Orthopedic Medicine (Shoulder & Elbow) - Kerlan-Jobe Institute

Department : Kerlan - Jobe Park Terrace

Business Entity : Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation

Job Category : Clinical Operations

Job Specialty : Advanced Practice (PA)

Overtime Status : EXEMPT

Primary Shift : Day

Shift Duration : 8 hour

Base Pay : $67.61 - $108.18

Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law.