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Physician Assistant, Robotic Surgery

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Massachusetts General Hospital is one of the leading academic surgical centers in the United States. As we are expanding our activities in robotic surgery across multiple specialties, we are inviting an experienced and motivated Physician Assistant to join our team full-time. The primary responsibility in this position will include surgical first-assistance in robotic surgical cases on services including but not limited to Thoracic, Urology, Gynecology, Colorectal, and General Surgery at MGH. This candidate will be involved in the training of residents, fellows and other PAs to perform the role of bedside surgeon in robotic cases, contribution to a robotic database including intra-, peri-, and postoperative outcomes, and assistance in clinical safety and quality improvement projects.

A competitive candidate will have at least 2 years of operating room experience, with preference for at least 1 year of dedicated robotic surgical experience or completion of an APPAP-accredited PA surgical residency program. Thoracic Surgery experience will be strongly preferred.

Given the dynamic environment of an academic medical center with fluctuation in trainees and case volume across several sites, an ideal candidate will bring a high-degree of self-motivation, flexibility, and teamwork. We are a high-volume center, averaging 120 robotic surgeries per month.

Primary management of mostly adult and some pediatric surgical patients in the operating room in conjunction with surgical faculty and staff, as well as senior surgical residents/fellows. Day-to-day duties will focus on directly assisting in multispecialty robotic surgery as the bedside surgeon with the operating surgeon and surgical trainee at the robotic surgical console. This role is in direct support of the operating room; there will be no floor, consult, or clinic responsibilities.


  • Preoperative

o Introduction and patient check-in, Q&A, site marking, consent review, history and physical review, knowing the pertinent patient details prior to surgery start.

  • Perioperative

o General patient care, image review, preoperative huddling, monitoring devices, patient positioning, prepping and draping.

  • Intraoperative

o Making incisions, robotic port placement and introduction, retraction, suction/irrigation, specimen handling, contributing to surgical decision-making, stapling and dividing major anatomic structures, suturing deep and superficial tissue layers.

  • Postoperative

o Dressing placement, drain management, patient transport, postoperative order placement.


  • Works with Lead Robotic PA and MGH OR leadership to help grow and develop the Robotic Surgery and Robotic PA program.
  • Trains bedside personnel (residents, fellows, other PAs) in robotic procedures.
  • Contributes to robotic database, including intra-, peri-, and postoperative outcomes.
  • Assists in clinical safety and quality improvement projects.
  • Works closely with OR Nursing to ensure best practices in perioperative patient care.


  • Participates in educational and quality assurance meetings for the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Services to identify areas of performance improvement in patient outcomes, patient experience, medical education.
  • Assists with ongoing clinical research and quality initiatives as related to robotic surgery through follow-up of patients currently involved in clinical trials or via the robotic quality database.
  • Assists in current clinical research and pursues independent clinical research involving robotic surgery and/or surgical outcomes.
  • Advocates for and teaches surgical PA/medical students and junior residents rotating through the MGH operating rooms.
  • Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant training program. Bachelors and Masters degrees required.
  • 2 years of surgical experience desirable (Thoracic, GU, GYN, Colorectal, General Surgery experienced preferred). 1 year of either dedicated robotic surgical experience or completion of an APPAP-accredited PA surgical residency program.
  • Exceptional and motivated new graduates with rotation experience that reflects a dedication to surgery will also be considered.
  • Must be certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants prior to start date.
  • Must be licensed by the State of Massachusetts prior to start date.
  • Must maintain certification by completing required 100 hours of Continuing Medical Education credits every two years, to be sponsored by the institution. Must demonstrate continued competence by passing a re-certification exam every ten years.

EEO Statement

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Primary Location MA-Boston-MGH Main Campus
Work Locations MGH Main Campus 55 Fruit Street Boston 02114
Job Physician Assistants
Organization Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
Schedule Full-time
Standard Hours 40
Shift Day Job
Employee Status Regular
Recruiting Department MGH Surgery
Job Posting Apr 2, 2024