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Full Job Description

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Physician Assistant position has clinical, procedural, administrative and educational responsibilities in the care of adult patients requiring cardiac and thoracic surgery. Under the supervision of the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Heart & Vascular Director of Advanced Practice Nursing, the Cardiothoracic Surgery PA will have a critical role in the inpatient setting, with both team member and individual duties. Responsibilities will include preoperative and postoperative patient examination and assessment, diagnosis and planning; treatment implementation, coordination and continuity; performance of specific procedures; development of practice protocols and evaluation of quality of care; education of patients, families and other health care practitioners.

The final salary and offer components are subject to additional approvals based on UC policy.

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Required Qualifications

Physician Assistant:

  • Minimum one (1) years related adult Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular patient care experience as a Physician Assistant and/or minimum 1 years of adult ICU experience as a Physician Assistant in a Cardiothoracic ICU/Coronary Care Unit/Cardiovascular ICU setting
  • Possess the skills, knowledge, and abilities essential to successfully perform the duties of the assigned position

Sr. Physician Assistant:

  • Specific training and experience related to Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular patient care as a Physician Assistant, minimum of 5 years of which 3 are in the most recent years
  • Possess the skills, knowledge, and abilities essential to successfully perform the duties of the assigned position

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum one (1) year of OR First Assist and/or EVH experience at a high volume center
  • Endoscopic radial artery harvest experience at a high volume center


  • Must hold an active and current California Physician Assistant License (PA)
  • California driver’s license (CDL) if required for position
  • Must hold current national board certification by first day of work and maintain
  • Must hold an active and transferable DEA license to California and have evidence of transfer by 90th day of clinical practice. (It is the responsibility of the employee to transfer their DEA license to their new place of employment if from out of state, via online DEA portal and provide evidence of transfer)
  • Must have completed an AAPA recognized graduate master’s degree program as a physician assistant.
  • Must have submitted enrollment with CMS Medicare and Medicaid through the credentialing process by first clinical day
  • Must hold current AHA BLS as minimum requirement
  • Must hold current AHA ACLS as minimum requirement

UCSF Medical Center and Campus requires certain healthcare providers to be credentialed. In most cases this is done through its Office of Medical Affairs & Governance (OMAG) prior to the first working day. Credentialing and approval of the Standardized Procedures takes between 60-90 days but can vary.

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Consistently ranked among the top 10 hospitals nationwide by U.S. News & World Report – UCSF Health is committed to providing the most rewarding work experience while delivering the best care available anywhere. In an environment that allows for continuous learning and opportunities for professional growth, UCSF Health offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents.

Pride Values

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Job Code and Payroll Title


Job Category

Advanced Practice Providers

Bargaining Unit

University Professional and Technical Employees – Health Care Professionals Unit (UPTE-HX)

Employee Class





Fully Offsite, Parnassus Heights (SF), San Francisco, CA


Days, Nights, Weekends, Variable

Shift Length

12 Hours