Physician Assistant – CV/CT Surgery – First Assist

Baylor Scott & White Health

Physician Assistant – First Assist in CV/CT Surgery

Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital, Plano is currently seeking an experienced Advanced Practice Professional (APP) to join their growing team, where comprehensive care to patients with a variety of cardiovascular disorders are provided. 

This position requires a strong focus on patient care and service. Individuals who are self-motivated, hardworking, detail-oriented, and adhere to clinical protocols are encouraged to apply. 

The ideal candidate will provide patient care in a competent, professional, and courteous manner, and will maintain effective communication with patients, hospital staff, and referring physicians. The APP will practice in close collaboration with various surgeons and other providers, who will deliver continuing education in the evaluation and management of our cardiac patients. In addition, they will provide medical care based upon the scope of practice as delineated by the supervising physician. These providers work in a specialty area and may be expected to float between locations in our North Dallas Market. 

Key responsibilities are: 

  • Perform invasive surgical procedures and/or advanced technological procedures including, but not limited to, endoscopic vein harvest related to cardiac, vascular, and thoracic surgery, specific to scope of practice and provider’s level of competency as delegated by supervising physician.
  • First assist/Second assist in complex cardiac, thoracic and vascular cases
  • Performs follow-up with patient both pre and post operatively. May also round on patients in the hospital setting or see patients in the Emergency Department.
  • Evaluates and interprets imaging for vein and/or radial harvest candidacy
  • Assess the physical and mental condition of patients by performing and obtaining comprehensive or problem-focused physical examinations and medical histories. Monitor patients across the health care continuum and develop strategies to avoid hospitalization and/or decrease length of stay.
  • Order, collect, interpret, and evaluate laboratory and other diagnostic tests to assess patient problems and health care needs.
  • Prescribes, recommends, and/or employs medical drug therapies or other forms of related therapeutic treatments and procedures, or performs indicated procedures, in accordance with their scope of practice consistent with their training and experience and policies with attention to efficacy, safety, and cost. Recommends interventions to modify behavior associated with health risks.
  • Formulates and implements comprehensive outcomes-based patient treatment plans based on patient assessments, evidence-based medicine, standards of care, professional practice guidelines, and in collaboration with physicians and other interdisciplinary team members when appropriate. Evaluates patient’s response to health care provided and the effectiveness of care.
  • Counsel patients and families regarding medical processes and/or procedures, management of the health illness/condition, medication, nutrition, and health promotion.
  • Maintains appropriate records detailing the patient’s treatment plans and outcomes. Initiates timely consultation and referral when the problem exceeds scope of practice and/or expertise.
  • Provide consultation level services for conditions/problems related to the provider’s specialty, scope, level of experience, and training.


The Physician Assistant – CV/CT Surgery provider is a graduate of an accredited training program and is a licensed, certified, non-physician healthcare provider who actively renders direct patient care and possesses delegated prescriptive authority. The APP is credentialed and privileged, and their services are billed, as recognized by Medicare and Medicaid within the healthcare system, and in accordance with the appropriate board. 

Surgical providers care for both adult and/or pediatric patients and specialize in Cardiothoracic/Vascular Surgery. 

  • Must have endoscopic vein harvesting experience
  • Experience first assisting in cardiovascular surgery procedures 


  • Graduate of an accredited physician assistant 
  • CV/CT surgery experience required


  • Current certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) OR the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB)
  • Unrestricted Texas Physician Assistant (PA) OR Nurse Practitioner (NP) AGACNP license, Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) certification
  • Basic Life Support (BLS): Basic Life Support (BLS) within 30 days of hire or transfer. 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) within 6 months of hire or transfer.

Position Highlights:

  • Monday – Friday
  • Rotates night and weekends call; every 6-8 week
  • OR only – first assist


Our competitive benefits package includes the following:

  • Support through an APP leadership structure at local and regional levels
  • Highly competitive financial & benefits package
  • Yearly CME and Professional Development allocations
  • Immediate eligibility for comprehensive health benefits
  • Medical malpractice coverage
  • 401(k) savings plan with dollar-for-dollar match up to 5%
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • PTO accrual beginning Day 1

Note: Benefits may vary based upon position type and/or level


  • EDUCATION – Grad of an Accredited Program
  • EXPERIENCE -1 Year of Experience 

Physician Assistants (PA)

Basic Life Support (BLS): BLS or BLS within 30 days of hire or transfer.

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