Cedars-Sinai Physician Assistant - Cardiovascular Surgery (Vein Harvesting) in Los Angeles, California

Physician Assistant - Cardiovascular Surgery (Vein Harvesting) Requisition # 29320

The Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute is home to a distinguished team of experts who are setting the bar for cardiac care in the United States.

The Heart Institute unites 16 centers and programs to diagnose and treat the full spectrum of heart 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.

Summary of Essential Job Duties:

Under the supervision of a Medical/Surgical physician and within the Physician Assistant’s competence, the Physician Assistant provides medical services to adult and cardiac surgical patients. In the operating room, he/she acts as the first or second assistant, open and endoscopically harvesting veins or arteries for CABG procedures, transplant surgeries, opening and closing the 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. The PA is responsible to:

-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 under the supervision of a licensed physician.

  • Evaluate, diagnose and treat 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 provide 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 PA will be working with a large group of 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.

Qualification Requirements/Preferences:

Education Certifications/Licensure Experience Physical Abilities Educational Requirements:

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

License/Certification/Registration Requirements:

Valid California PA license

PA certification issued by national Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

DEA License

Current BLS/ACLS certification


Experience in endoscopic vein and artery harvest required

Minimum of 1 (one) year of acute hospital experience required

Minimum of 2 (two) years experience with cardiac transplant medicine preferred

Must have strong intraoperative skills

Full command (verbal and written) of the English language.

Physical Demands:

Perceptive acuity and physical ability to perform all direct and indirect patient care functions including walking, sitting, standing, bending and light lifting required.

EEO / AA / F / M / Veteran / Disabled

Cedars-Sinai will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in accordance with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.


Keywords: PA, Physician Assistant, Cardiothoracic, Endoscopic, Vein, Artery, Harvest, Harvesting, Surgery, Heart, Cardiac, Cardiology, Hospital, Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, California

  • Working Title: Physician Assistant - Cardiovascular Surgery (Vein Harvesting)
  • Business Entity: CSMC - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Cost Center # - Cost Center Name: 0879514 - Cardiovascular Surg M/S
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Allied Health/Clinical
  • Job Specialty: Physician Assistant
  • Position Type: Regular-F/T
  • Shift Length: 12hr
  • Hours: 6am - 6:30pm
  • Days: Departmental Schedule
  • Shift Type: Day
  • Weekends: As Needed

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. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at Applicant_Accommodation@cshs.org and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

Cedars-Sinai will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in accordance with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

At Cedars-Sinai, we are dedicated to the safety, health and wellbeing of our patients and employees. This includes protecting our patients from communicable diseases, such as influenza (flu). For this reason, we require that all new employees receive a flu vaccine based on the seasonal availability of flu vaccine (typically during September through March each year) as a condition of employment, and annually thereafter as a condition of continued employment.