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MD Anderson Cancer Center Physician Assistant - Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery in Houston, Texas


The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


The primary purpose of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant position in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (TCVS) Department is to promote and maintain the health of the client across the health care continuum. This includes the performance of complex tasks on a routine basis, which may involve direct and indirect clinical care, research assistance, operative, administrative and academic responsibilities.

The ideal candidate will have experience in surgical or medical oncology care for thoracic cancer patients.


Medical/Clinical Knowledge Mid-Level Providers demonstrate knowledge that includes an understanding of pathophysiology, patient presentation, differential diagnosis, patient management, surgical principles, health promotion, and disease prevention.

Mid-Level Providers demonstrate core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care in their area.

Mid-Level Providers demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations. This includes management of general medical and surgical conditions to include understanding, indication, contraindication, side effects, interactions and adverse reactions of pharmacologic agents and other relevant treatment modalities.

Patient Care Mid-Level Providers provide patient care appropriate to the population(s) served.

Mid-Level Providers demonstrate care that is effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of wellness.

Mid-Level Providers counsel and educate patients and their families about disease and illness in addition to providing health care services and education aimed at preventing health problems or maintaining health.

Professionalism Mid-Level Providers are committed to collaborative professional relationships with physicians and all members of the health care team.

Mid-Level Providers function within their professional and personal limitations.

Mid-Level Providers demonstrate a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements.

Mid-Level Providers demonstrate a commitment to excellence and on-going professional development.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement Mid-Level Providers engage in critical analysis of their own practice, experience, medical literature, and other information resources for the purpose of self-improvement.

Mid-Level Providers participate in processes to assess, evaluate, maintain and improve their patient care practices.

Mid-Level Providers demonstrate knowledge of scientific studies related to their patient's health problems.

System-Based Practice Mid-Level Providers demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger system of health care to provide patient care that is cost-effective and demonstrates resources allocation that does not compromise quality of care.

Mid-Level Providers advocate for quality patient care and assist patients in dealing with system complexities.

Mid-Level Providers accept responsibility for promoting a safe environment for patient care and recognize and participate in the correction of system-based factors that negatively

impact patient care.

Other duties as assigned


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

Preferred Education: Master's Level Degree

Certification: All of the following:

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.

Must meet the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) , ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) or PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certification requirements.

Preferred Certification: None

Experience: None.

Preferred Experience: Experience in surgical or medical oncology care for thoracic cancer patients.

Onsite Presence: Is Required



Patient Contact

Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue

Wearing Protective Equipment


On Call

Physical Proximity

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%




Arm/Hand Steadiness




Depth Perception

Dynamic Flexibility

Eye/Hand Coordination

Fine finger movement

Foot Action


Hearing Sensitivity




Neck Movements

Olfactory Perception





Tactile Perception


Visual Acuity

Visual Color Discrimination


Wrist Motion


Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Occasionally 11-13%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-13%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Occasionally 11-13%

Constant 67-100%

Occasionally 11-13%

Seldom 3-10%

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

5-10 lbs

5-10 lbs

5-10 lbs



Analytical Ability

Appropriate Behavior

Attention to detail


Critical Thinking

Following Instructions

Giving and Recieving Constructive Feedback

Interpersonal Skills

Mathematical Skills/Reasoning


Oral Communication


Performing in a Leadership Role

Problem Solving

Reading Skills/Comprehension

Responding in emergency situations

Written Communication



Selective Attention

Working Alone

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: 133925

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

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

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

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