MD Anderson Cancer Center Physician Assistant - Diagnostic Radiology in Houston, Texas

Mission Statement

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 Diagnostic Radiology Advanced Practice Provider position is to provide diagnostic and therapeutic patient care under the direct supervision of a physician. The scope is patient management before, during and after diagnostic and therapeutic radiological procedures in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on the assigned unit.

Key Functions

Performs history and physical examination, focused on the specific body region/system (s) relevant to the DR procedure as well as sedation assessment, including ASA scoring and airway classification. In this role, knowledge of human anatomy and physiology must be appropriate and complete. Ordering and interpreting of pertinent laboratory and diagnostic studies/imaging. Patient satisfaction will be derived from above average interpersonal skills while describing the procedure, its risks and benefits, alternatives, patient and family education as well being able to answer questions, and obtaining informed, written consent. The physician assistant will be expected to write prescriptions and orders with in their licensed scope of practice.

Plays an integral role in the patient management team. This will include above average telephone and personal communication skills for consultation with patients, physicians, nurses and other medical team members.

Manages post-procedure care involving for both outpatients and inpatients. Outpatients post procedure care includes coordinating with primary service for subsequent procedures and repeat imaging as well as providing appropriate expectations and instructions for follow-up. The Diagnostic Radiology Advanced Practice Provider also is called to evaluate patients in recovery to identify and manage post procedure problems. Inpatient Rounds are done daily based on assignment; the APP is expected to formulate a plan with the DR physician and primary team regarding subsequent management and or procedure(s). Will also be involved in catheter and procedure related issues and or complications.

Participates in procedures either as an assistant to faculty, performing minor procedures with physician supervision. This will require above average manual dexterity for the use of catheters, guide-wires, syringes and needles to assist in biopsies, fluid/organ drainage, angiograms, and vascular interventional procedures. The knowledge of sterile techniques will be essential for proper patient preparation. The use of a radiology lead apron will be necessary in the procedure rooms. No physical limitations as such are permitted. Exposure to radiation will occur and will be controlled in appropriate limits set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). No access to such will be permitted while pregnant

Participates and collaborates in clinical research protocols. Research duties including clinical/data collection, management and obtaining informed consent when delegated to.


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: A minimum one year of experience in a PA role.


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.

Preferred: None

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

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 90,000

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 112,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 135,000