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MD Anderson Cancer Center Physician Assistant - Breast Surgical Oncology in Houston, Texas

Physician Assistants at MD Anderson Cancer Center partner with physicians in achieving excellence in oncology patient care. In 2015, MD Anderson surpassed 300 physician assistants, and that number continues to grow as more departments come to rely on the skills, knowledge and abilities of physician assistants to ensure that the highest quality of care is delivered to all patients.

The Physician Assistant in Breast Surgical Oncology will work a Monday – Friday day shift in an outpatient setting. The department is open to considering new graduates. Previous experience in Breast Surgical Oncology is a plus.


Minimum: $93,600 – Midpoint: $117,000 – Maximum: $140,400

Essential Functions

  • Job duties are predominantly outpatient, but may also include taking care of patients on the inpatient service and assisting in the operating room. Above-average manual dexterity is necessary for appropriate surgical performance.

  • Perform history and physical examinations for new, consultation and follow-up patients. This essential function requires above average verbal communication skills, as well as trained palpation, auscultation, observation and other applicable skills.

  • Obtain the history and physical examination, ordering and interpreting diagnostic and therapeutic test/procedures in coordination with Faculty supervising physician and Breast Surgical Fellows. Laboratory and radiological evaluations may be ordered and interpreted prior to the presentation of the patient to the physician based on findings in the history and physical examination.

  • Obtain test results using the MDACC computer system, which requires comprehension and problem solving skills.

  • Formulate an assessment and plan for each patient in coordination with the Faculty supervising physician and Breast Surgical Fellows.

  • Dictate or manually transcribe a patient note. This task requires a clear, audible voice, and a good command of the English language as well as clear and legible penmanship.

  • Perform minor surgical procedures which may include wound debridement, suture/staple removal, drain placement or removal, seroma evacuation, biopsies and other procedures as delegated by the supervising physician.

  • Manage pre-operative and post-operative patients in coordination with the Faculty supervising physician and Breast Surgical Fellows. An in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of both cancer as well as the surgical process and wound healing is necessary.

  • Provide patient education. Patient education requires good interpersonal skills and a working knowledge of surgical oncology.

  • Coordinate patient care with the multidisciplinary team to include but not limited to Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers (APP) from other hospital services, Nurses, Case Managers, Social Workers, Physical Therapists, Pharmacists, Respiratory Therapists and other Allied Health Support team members involved in the patient's care.

  • Depending on the position, the APP may participate in surgery as first or second assist with the faculty. The use of a scalpel, electric knife, surgical instruments, sterile technique and compliance with operating room rules and regulations may also be necessary. Trained observational skills will be important.

Marginal Functions

  • Perform routine patient care, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as starting IV's, venipuncture, administering PO/IV/IM meds.

  • Participate in the education of students including medical, physician assistant, nursing and allied health, etc. Requires the ability to communicate effectively and to give clear verbal instructions.

  • Other duties that may be required are described in the MDACC institutional PA job descriptions.

  • Participate in research and administrative projects pertinent to the patient population in the area where the PA is working.

  • Coordinate the medical team in implementing the patient's treatment plan.


    Required: Graduate of a Physician Assistant training program approved by the Council of Medical Education of the American Medical Association.


    Required: PA certification by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants. Licensed by the Texas State Board of Physician Assistant Examiners.

MAY BE REQUIRED: Eligible to be granted limited prescriptive authority by the State of Texas.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 124670

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 93,600

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 117,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 140,400