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Physician Assistant, Surgical 1st Assistant

Physician Assistant, Surgical 1st Assistant

University of Chicago

Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery

Operating since 1927 on a strong foundation of multidisciplinary clinical and academic excellence, the University of Chicago Department of Surgery’s mission is to meet the most challenging and complex health problems on both a local and global scale.

Among the Department’s numerous accomplishments, many of our faculty members are known for their contributions to the advancement of groundbreaking surgical procedures and techniques, including minimally invasive surgery. In addition to our department’s clinical work, our scientists aggressively pursue a diverse range of basic, translational and clinical research projects, including studies on the gut microbiome, tissue bioengineering, stem cell research, cancer and immunotolerance.

This ongoing work and achievement would not be possible without the cohesive effort and commitment of the faculty and staff. We are looking for high energy, collaborative individuals who share our commitment to improving the health of patients in the community and beyond.

Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery

The Department of Surgery boasts one of the busiest and comprehensive cardiac and thoracic surgery programs in the nation. The Section of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery offers a wide range of surgical options for patients with challenging diseases. Among our greatest achievements, the section is one of a few in the world that offers a wide range of robotic approaches for heart conditions. The institution is also one of the only multiple organ transplant programs in the nation, successfully transplanting organs for people who need heart-lung, heart-liver, heart-kidney-pancreas, or other multiple organ transplant combinations. Our section is also home to world-renown thoracic surgeons, who are leaders in the surgical treatment of minimally invasive surgery, lung cancer, transplantation and mesothelioma.

In addition, our team of scientists are committed to improving our understanding of complex heart and lung diseases and uncovering new ways of tackling these conditions. Among our many focus areas, our researchers are interested in studying the cardiotoxic mechanisms of anticancer drugs and frailty in patients undergoing complex thoracic surgery. This ongoing work and achievement would not be possible without the cohesive effort of the faculty and staff. We are always looking for individuals who are willing to work in our dynamic and collaborative environment toward the shared goal of improving the health of patients in our community and beyond.

Physician Assistant, Surgical 1st Assistant

Assist in all transplant and other general surgical procedures, including: organ transplants, hepatobiliary cases, dialysis access cases, and other general surgical procedures performed by the surgeons.
Assist in team effort to expedite the start of surgery in the OR.
Provide the appropriate preparation of the patient needed for surgery.
Maintain established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
Coordinate patient and family education needs with staff, case managers, and Clinical Program Manager.
Assist in obtaining informed consent for participation in clinical research trials.
Assist in the in- and out- patient setting in assessing patient health status and needs.
Assist in the in- and out- patient setting in performing specified diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Assist the in- and out- patient teams in the development and implementation of comprehensive plans of care.
Communicate daily with the surgeons to discuss individual patient needs.
Function as a professional role model for staff while providing expert care in the in- and out- patient setting.
Promote, have knowledge of and utilize appropriate patient care protocol relating to the physical and psychological needs of adult and geriatric patients in both in- and out- patient setting.? Collaborates with care team members and multi-disciplinary team members to provide direct in- and out- patient care.

Participates in self and peer evaluation to improve quality of care.
Participates in the development, review, and evaluation of Surgical 1st Assist procedures.
Participates in clinical trials and research protocol development in Transplant Surgery.

Keep knowledge base current by reading professional literature and attending educational conferences.
Attain and maintain membership and active participation in professional organizations concerned with improving the quality of care and advancing the field of Transplant Surgery.


Completion of an accredited Physician Assistant educational program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) required.

Certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required.

Current Physician Assistant license/registration in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date required.

Two years of experience with surgical procedures/surgical training required in a related clinical area or related clinical specialties (surgery, transplant).

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information, please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination. Academic job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email with their request. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or email  with their request.

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