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PA Specialty - HLESI, UPMC Shadyside & UPMC Presbyterian

  • Job ID: 109039319
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: 10-Hr Shifts
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: University of Pittsburgh Physicians
  • Department: Thoracic Surgery
  • Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $42.21 to $69.53 / hour


See what being an Advanced Practice Provider can do for UPMC and what UPMC can do for Advanced Practice Providers – it’s more than just a job!

University of Pittsburgh Physicians, Thoracic Surgery is hiring a full-time Physician Assistant Specialty - HLESI to support our Thoracic Surgery Services at UPMC Shadyside and UPMC Presbyterian. The daylight weekly schedule will offer 10-hour shifts, with some rotating weekends. No Call. The primary role is operating room and inpatient rounding services. Credentialed Sites: PUH, SHY, PAS, STM, MER. Robotics experience preferredFive years recent PA surgical experience preferred.

What Can You Bring to UPMC?
• Contribute to UPMC’s mission of Life Changing Medicine
• Set the standards for the level and quality of care for the care delivery team
• Provide patient care activities for a group of patients and their families through the application of independent judgment, communication and collaboration with all team members.
• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with physicians, other health care providers, patients and their families, to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care.
• Demonstrate a commitment to the community and to your health care profession

What UPMC Can Do for You:
• A career path that provides you with the right experience to be successful in the position you want to obtain now and, in the future
• Health and welfare benefits like medical, vision, dental, and life and disability, and an exceptional retirement program
• Work life balance to help manage other importance aspects of your life such as: PTO, wellness programs, paid parental leave
• Competitive pay for the work that you do – base pay, merit, and premium pay


Under appropriate supervision and in accordance with state laws, manage patients with a high degree of autonomy in a clinical setting. The successful candidate will be placed according to years and months of experience for employment purposes.



Maintenance of accurate medical records in regards to daily orders, charting and discharge summaries.; maintenance of efficient discharge flow between ICU and the step-down unit.


  • When appropriate assist in the operating room as first or second assistant under supervision of a physician ;Minimally invasive endovein harvesting perform within the first 12 months of employment; Implantable defibrillator interrogation/reprogramming/modification.
  • Provide clinical direction, advice or mentorship to an ACGME resident / fellow that reflects and sustains the management practices of the patients' attending physician(s) and assures continuity of care.
  • Must be credentialed and regular perform: Liaison between patient, family, attending physician and remaining healthcare team to insure continuity of care. Assist in OR, record and present pertinent data to the supervising physician as indicated. Manage the complexities of the all cardiac and transplant surgeries of acutely ill patients.
  • Identification of rehabilitation needs in the step-down care of the cardiac patient in regards, but limited to, physical, mental and counseling needs and any required follow-up including specific follow up testing requirements
  • Special procedures to include, Thoracentesis; Pericardialcentesis; VEnous/arterial cut down for peripheral access; Insertion of Chest Tube; Wound closure; Incision of skin; Intubation - endotracheal; removal of drainage systems; removal of temporary pacing wires.
  • Complete comprehensive histories and physicals and identify pertinent pre-operative and post-operative risks and communicate those conditions that require the immediate attention of the supervising physician. ; Identify normal and abnormal findings in the history and physical exam ; review findings for the management of pre-operative; post-operative patients in CTICU as well as step-down units.
  • Perform the responsibilities of the 1st level CRNP/PA. Under appropriate supervision and in accordance with state laws, manages patients with a high degree of autonomy in a clinical setting.

This position is dependent upon successful attainment and maintenance of hospital privileges, if applicable to the Business Unit practice.



Graduate of physician assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the physician assistant (ARC-PA) required. Robotics experience preferred. Two years recent PA Surgical experience preferred.

Experience as physician assistant and/or experience in clinical setting preferred. Prefer Clinical rotation in surgery. Clinical rotation in cardiac surgery highly desirable.Excellent communication skills for dealing with family members with life threatening problems, e.g., ventricular assist devices, transplants, and type-A dissections.


Able to maintain poise and composure in life-threatening surgical situations such as cardiac arrestAble to operate with magnificationAble and willing to work rotating shifts, weekends and to provide call coverageAble to manage patients with extreme levels of acuity in the CTICU and post-operative environments of Cardiac Surgery and Transplantation within the first 12 months of employmentThis position is dependent upon successful attainment and maintenance of hospital privileges, if applicable to the Business Unit practice.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) OR Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Physician Assistant (PA) OR Physician Assistant Osteopathic
  • Physician Assistant Certified (NCCPA)
  • Act 33
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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