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Cedars-Sinai Senior Physician Assistant - Cardiothoracic Surgery in Los Angeles, California

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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.

Under the supervision of Cardiac Surgeons, the Sr. PA provides services to cardiac surgical patients. In the operating room, acts as the first or second assistant, endoscopically harvesting veins or arteries for CABG procedures, transplant surgeries, opening and closing the chest, cannulation, decannulation, etc.

  • 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 and Heart Transplant patients.

  • 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, using 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

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

This position does require incumbent to work rotating night shifts (inhouse) and weekends (inhouse)


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

  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • Valid California PA license required

  • PA certification issued by NCCPA required

  • DEA License required

  • Current ACLS certification required


  • Experience in endoscopic vein and/or artery harvest required. Radial Harvesting preferred

  • Minimum of 3 years experience as a physician assistant(will consider less experience as Physician Assistant)

  • Minimum of 3 year of experience with cardiac transplant medicine preferred

  • Strong intra-operative skills

Working Title: Senior Physician Assistant - Cardiothoracic Surgery

Department: Cardiovascular Surg M/S

Business Entity: Service Lines & Ops

Job Category: ,Clinical Operations,Clinical Operations

Job Specialty: Advanced Practice (PA)

Position Type: Full-time

Shift Length: 12 hour shift

Shift Type: Day

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