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

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.


Job duties are predominantly inpatient, but may also include taking care of patients on the outpatient service and assisting in the operating room. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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


Minimum: $90,000 – Midpoint: $112,500 – Maximum: $135,000


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.