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Cedars-Sinai Physician Assistant Per Diem - Cardiac Surgery in Los Angeles, California

Would you like to be part of a team of colleagues with deep experience across all specialties, including transplantation, stem cell therapy, congenital heart disease, women’s heart health, valve disorders, arrhythmia and hypertension? Do you have a passion for the highest quality and patient happiness? Then please respond to this dynamic opportunity available with one of the best places to work in Southern California! We would be happy to hear from you.

The Smidt Heart Institute is home to a distinguished team of experts who are setting the bar for cardiovascular treatment in the United States. The Institute unites 16 centers and programs to diagnose and treat the full spectrum of heart and vascular conditions for all patients, from infants to those with advanced disease. Compassionate care is integrated with an agile research enterprise, giving patients access to pioneering treatments.

As a Physician Assistant, you will deliver comprehensive care in the step down unit, operating room, outpatient clinic to cardiac surgical patient population. In the operating room, you will act as the first or second assist, endoscopically harvest veins or arteries for CABG procedures, transplant surgeries, open and close chest, cannulation, decannulation, etc. The PA is responsible for the planning and coordination of all aspects of the work up and care of the patients in the unit, including management of MCS patients.

Summary of Essential Duties:

  • Obtain and perform history and physical examinations

  • Record and interpret pertinent data (i.e., labs, diagnostic studies, discharge summaries, progress notes, etc.), including writing orders and discharges.

  • Evaluate, treat and diagnose patients under the supervision of a licensed physician

  • Write a daily progress note on inpatients, collate inpatient records and perform discharge summaries, utilizing the electronic medical record.

  • Participate in daily interdisciplinary rounds

  • Coordinate ongoing overall patient care with physician staff, nursing staff and other ancillary care providers to ensure treatment plans are implemented.

  • Assist or perform bedside procedures within the scope of service.

  • Maintain communication with patients and families regarding care

  • Demonstrates skills and knowledge necessary to deliver care appropriate to adult and geriatric patients, including knowledge of growth and development, the ability to obtain and interpret information to identify patient needs, and provide the care needed

  • Perform assigned work safely, adhering to established departmental safety rules and practices

  • Perform other related duties as required.

  • Participation in Quality activities, including Unit Practice Committees.

The per diem PA will be working with a large PA/NPs in the team, and will be responsible to provide comprehensive services in the step down unit, operating room, outpatient clinic, and consultative service.


  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Graduate from a PA program approved by Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation required


  • Valid California PA license required

  • PA certification issued by national Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants required

  • DEA License required

  • Current ACLS certification required


  • Cardiac surgery experience is a must

  • Experience in endoscopic vein harvesting

  • Minimum of 1 year of acute hospital experience required

  • Must have strong intraoperative skills

  • Radial Harvesting preferred

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.