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Cardiovascular Surgery- Physician Assistant, PA-C- Mission Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons- Tavares, FL

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Physician Assistant
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Florida Hospital Medical Group

Florida Hospital Medical Group is proud to be affiliated with the world-class Florida Hospital network of care, and a subsidiary of Adventist Health System, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the world and a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. FHMG’s advanced practice providers manage the treatment and care for our patients in the practice setting, as well as at Florida Hospital’s eight campuses in Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Celebration, East Orlando, Kissimmee, Orlando, Winter Park and Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares.

Cardio Thoracic Surgery Physician Assistant, PA-C

Mission Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons- Tavares, FL

Florida Hospital Waterman

General Summary:

Serve as an integral role in the global management of cardiothoracic surgery patients, including all aspects of peri-operative care from performing patient histories and daily rounds to invasive surgical procedures, including the critical retrieval of vascular tissue in coronary bypass procedures.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs patient histories and physical exams in the office and hospital setting

  • Handles daily patient rounds (including the CVICU), patient education and discharge summaries

  • Performs invasive procedures, such as thoracenteses, chest tube insertions, placement of central venous, dialysis and Swan-Ganz catheters, arterial lines and intra-aortic balloon pumps

  • Exhibits autonomy in the operating room when required

  • Retrieves vascular tissue, including greater and lesser saphenous veins and/or radial arteries, for use as a bypass conduit

  • Performs first assistant duties on all adult cardiac cases; thoracic and major/minor vascular cases

  • Meets the specific needs of the attending surgeon, often assisting several surgeons in a single practice

  • Has exacting knowledge of each surgeon's idiosyncrasies to expedite the procedure and limit patient morbidity and mortality

  • Uses knowledge of medical model to promote synergistic relationship between physician and PA

  • Has extensive knowledge of the pharmacologic effects of vasoactive/ cardiotonic drugs, ventilator management and artificial cardiac devices

  • Performs duties of a primary care PA

  • Manages other disease entities frequently encountered in the cardiac population, namely hypertension, diabetes, COPD, asthma, hypothyroidism and others
  • Call requirements will be rotated weekly along with weekends



Required Education/Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in PA Studies

  • 1-2 yrs experience in CT Surgery as a surgical first assist

  • Proficient in Vein Harvesting; EVH



Licensure, Certification, and Registration:

  • Current, valid Florida PA-C license

  • NCCPA or other nationally recognized accreditation organization


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