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Physician Assistant - Cardiothoracic Surgery


Join our team and be a part of the talent that makes UWMF/UW Health the best work and academic environments. This Physician Assistant will work within the Cardiothoracic Surgery Division to provide a full spectrum of care to adult patients including heart and lung transplantations. This person will work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team that includes Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. This person must provide comprehensive care in both the inpatient (ICU and step-down care) and outpatient settings. He/she must demonstrate a high degree of clinical expertise in working with patients and a willingness to intervene in acute episodes. In the operating room, this person will function as a first or second assistant. Other skills will include vein harvesting (primarily endoscopic) and radial artery harvesting. Training can be provided for new graduates or clinicians willing to specialize on cardiothoracic care.

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is a leading teaching and research institution and this position will have opportunities for teaching Medical Students, Physician Assistants and Nursing students. Education of patients and their families on wellness care and treatment plans for cardiothoracic disorders is an important aspect of this role.

This Physician Assistant will primarily practice at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and occasionally at a nearby hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. This person will share call responsibilities with other Midlevel Providers for surgical cases and weekend rounds to cover inpatient care. For Physician Assistants this position requires NCCPA certification and eligibility for a Wisconsin PA Licensure.

This is a well-established program with 5 Cardiac Surgeons, 6 Physician Assistants and 2 Nurse Practitioners caring for more than 500 open heart patients annually.


  • State of Wisconsin PA licensure
  • Graduate from an accredited PA program and successful completion of NCCPA
  • Extensive knowledge of physical assessment, differential diagnosis, pathophysiology,
    pharmacology and management of acute and chronic patient/family health problems
  • 2 years of relevant clinical experience and experience within the ICU and/or OR required
  • Certificate as an advanced practice nurse prescriber or qualifies to obtain certificate as
  • CPR certified
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to prioritize tasks


This is a full-time, 40+ hour per week position. Core hours are one of two shifts between 6:00 AM-10:00 PM and will have shared call responsibility with other NP/PAs covering inpatient & clinic care.

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