MD Anderson Cancer Center Physician Assistant (Surgery) Sugar Land in Sugar Land, Texas

Physician assistants at MD Anderson Cancer Center partner with physicians in achieving excellence in oncology patient care. MD Anderson has 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.

Physician Assistant (Surgery) opportunity in the Sugar Land Houston Area Location. Ideal candidate will be a Physician Assistant with at least two years of experience. Preferred candidate will have reconstructive surgery or breast surgery experience.


Provides direct diagnostic and therapeutic patient care under physician supervision.


To provide direct plastic surgery services to patients within the education, training, and patient care parameters of the Houston Area Locations. Duties are carried out in accordance with policies established by the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and consistent with the Texas State Board of Physician Assistants and Medical Examiners, and existing state laws.

Responsible for the performance of increasingly independent and complex tasks of a routine and standardized nature which would otherwise be performed by a physician. To provide advanced patient care in relation to the patient's prescribed diagnosis, treatment, age group, development, and other identified needs.


Minimum - $90,000 Midpoint - $112,500 Maximum - $135,000


Provides quality patient care in relation to the patient's prescribed diagnosis, treatment, age group, development and other identified needs. Performs patient assessment, writing progress notes and/or orders which are accurate, clear, legible and complete according to the standards set by Medical Records. Consistently monitors notes and appropriate lab values as part of assessment. Communicates, in a timely fashion, all physical findings and other pertinent information regarding the patient to medical staff. Notifies other health care professionals (e.g. speech pathology or radiology) regarding required interventions, as indicated by medical staff.

Performs dictations in a timely, thorough, well-organized, and accurate manner. Performs written work in a thorough, accurate, well-organized and legible manner. Completes, notes summaries, evaluations, and other medical records using the standards set by the Department of Medical Records. Performs patient care duties (i.e. wound care, dressing changes, debridement, etc.) as directed by the supervising physician. Provides information to the patient regarding wound care, diet, amount of exercise, etc. Arranges for care by visiting nurses, when appropriate.

Consistently performs indicated diagnostic/therapeutic procedures as directed by medical staff. Gathers appropriate data and policy information prior to performing medical procedure. Documents procedures according to institutional policies as set by Medical Records. Facilitates communication between patient/family members and physician/interdisciplinary team; assists with patients' problems, questions, concerns and provides support.

Based on working knowledge of underlying pathophysiology, utilizes advanced assessment skills to anticipate complex patient problems (physiologic or psychological) specific to Plastic Surgery. Predicts patient and family learning needs specific to Plastic Surgery. Communicates information to attending physician and performs appropriate interventions. Communicates with patient/family in a timely fashion, and provides necessary information regarding plan of care.

Performs other tasks and duties as delegated by the supervising physician. Consistently performs any additional duties that are indicated to maintain and improve the delivery of care to Plastic Surgery patients. Demonstrates flexibility and teamwork ability to facilitate accomplishments of duties. Performs indicated diagnostic and therapeutic patient care under physician supervision.


Obtains patient's medical, personal, and social histories; obtains signed consent forms; and performs physical evaluations on patients. Obtains histories and physical of patients for preoperative history and physical exams or primary medical evaluations which are performed according to institutional standards set by Medical Records. Ensures that data is complete, accurate, current, and reflects clinical physiology/pathophysiology. Ensures that data collected is communicated to attending physician and associated medical staff in a complete, concise and organized fashion.

Performs postoperative follow-up assessments on patients in the clinic.

Documents findings in the follow-up notes according to institutional standards as set by Medical Records. Communicates clinical evaluation to attending physician and medical staff. Performs appropriate interventions as indicated by the clinical assessment. Carries out diagnostic/therapeutic procedures under the direction of attending physician, including nipple areolar tattooing and tissue expansion procedures on patients which require above average manual dexterity and the use of specialized instruments and materials.

Coordinates smooth transition of patients from clinic to surgery by ensuring there is a completed surgery posting, preoperative H&P, consent, and set of orders pertinent to the scheduled case.

Dictates or writes primary medical evaluations, preoperative histories and physicals, progress notes, follow-up notes, discharge summaries, summary lists, and follow-up letters to referring physicians. Dictates items in a clear, pleasant, and understandable voice using a telephone or manually writing legible notes.


On a daily, as-needed basis performs first and second assist in surgery as directed by the physician. Demonstrates manual dexterity in use of scalpel and knife. Performs retraction and suctioning, assistance with sutures, and direct hemostasis as needed. As "first assist", performs surgical procedures to include retraction and cutting suture, under the direct supervision of the physician. Second assist may include raising a full thickness skin graft or closing donor sites under the direct supervision of the physician. Note: Physician Assistant may need to accompany and assist surgeon at a facility other than M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Responsible for writing postoperative orders. Responsible for ensuring the patient's smooth transition to the recovery room and/or surgical intensive care unit/microvascular flap unit; reports patient's medical status to the nurse in charge of the patient.


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

Preferred: None


Required: None

Preferred: Reconstructive surgery or breast surgery experience.


Required: 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. Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR), Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) OR Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

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


Patient care environment.

Refer to the Position Description for specific ADA requirements and patient age-related information.

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.