MD Anderson Cancer Center Physician Asst - Radiation Oncology (Head & Neck Clinic) 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.

MD Anderson's Radiation Treatment Center is the most comprehensive facility of its kind in the world. Our tools and expertise allow us to offer patients the most effective and advanced radiation treatments available, including new therapies that reduce or eliminate some of the side effects of radiation treatment. Most patients are referred to the Radiation Treatment Center by another MD Anderson care center. We also accept patient self-referrals and external physician referrals. Types of cancers we treat: Breast cancer; Central nervous system tumors; Gastrointestinal cancers; Genitourinary cancers; Gynecologic cancers; Head and neck cancers; Lymphoma and myeloma; Melanoma; Sarcoma; Pediatric cancers; and Thoracic cancers.

Physician Assistant opportunity in our Radiation Oncology Department Head & Neck Clinic. Ideal candidate will be a Physician Assistant with at least two years of experience as an APP in an outpatient setting. *Previous experience in Radiation Oncology and or Oncology is a plus. *

The Physician Assistant in the Radiation Oncology Head & Neck Clinic of the Radiation Oncology Treatment Center will work a Monday – Friday day shift in an outpatient setting. The patient population is adults. The department is open to considering new PA graduates.


To promote, provide and maintain patient care under physician supervision in the Division of Radiation Oncology. Affect patient care and outcomes throughout the disease process across the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center according to the policies and procedures provided by the UT MDACC and the State of Texas as they relate to physician assistants and advance practice nurses.


Conduct comprehensive initial and ongoing physical examinations based on age and diagnosis, including psychological status. Identify normal/abnormal health characteristics. Handle physician calls related to patient care for the assigned service. Perform clinical assessment and management for patients with no scheduled appointments. Make appropriate referrals. Perform clinical assessment and management of radiation-related side effects. Formulate working/differential diagnoses and stage work-up specific to service.


Develop and manage radiation clinical treatment plans, monitor outcomes, and initiate appropriate care. Use appropriate judgment to work autonomously and collaborate with the healthcare team to manage patient care throughout the continuum in a variety of settings.


Order consultations for ancillary services. Order diagnostic tests and therapeutic procedures in accordance with institution and State of Texas requirements. Dictate specific notes as directed by supervising physician (e.g. consultation notes, follow-up notes, radiation treatment summaries and Quality Assurance notes). Order interventions related to mobility, nutrition, and elimination.


Promote quality health care through integration of current research into practice. Review radiographs and results dictated by radiologist.


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


Required: None.

Preferred: A minimum of two years of experience in a PA role; Radiation Oncology and or Oncology experience is preferred.


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.


This position requires working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic). Refer to the Position Description for specific ADA requirements.

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.