Surgical Physician Assistant - Cardiothoracic Surgery - Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
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Job Summary

Occupation Physician Assistant
Specialty Surgery-Thoracic
Degree Required Other
Position Type Permanent/Full-Time
Work Environment Hospital
Location Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Visa Sponsorship No

Job Description

Last Update: 1/31/23

At Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), we continually go the extra mile to further our mission to heal, comfort and care for the people of our community. Each one of our 19,000 colleagues contributes to this mission and helps make all communities we serve healthier – and better – places in which to live. Our health care professionals provide amazing care every day

At LVHN, our core values: Compassion, Integrity, Collaboration and Excellence, guide our decision making and behaviors. We bring our values to life through our actions and commitment to an inclusive and equitable workplace in which everyone feels like they belong and utilize their full potential. That is how each of our colleagues create exceptional experiences in a safe and secure environment for our patients and their loved ones, and for one another.

At Lehigh Valley Health Network, you can provide community care and impact lives of your patients! We are seeking an experienced surgical Physician Assistant who has exceptional clinical and interpersonal skills to join our cardiothoracic team in Allentown, PA.

  • LVHN has the most experienced cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in the region. LVHN consistently ranks among the best in the nation for heart attack survival.
  • Many of our heart specialists have trained at the nation’s top heart programs. Our cardiac surgeons and thoracic surgeons are all board-certified, many having served fellowships or received additional training with leading programs.
  • LVHN was the region’s first to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and is recognized as a center for performing complex mitral valve repair surgery. We lead the region in the life-saving technology known as ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and have specialized programs in women’s heart health, sports cardiology, advanced heart failure technologies, peripheral vascular and venous care and rhythm disturbance care.
  • Since 2002, LVH–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street, LVH–Muhlenberg, LVHN–Tilghman and Home Health and Hospice Services have earned Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This designation is the highest and most prestigious distinction a health care organization can achieve for nursing excellence and quality patient care. We’re the only Magnet-designated medical center in the region.
  • We care for patients with complex cases of heart disease that many hospitals turn away. You only find this level of clinical expertise at the country’s top medical centers.

Job Responsibilities:

The Physician Assistant will be responsible for the care and management of cardiothoracic surgical patients both in the ICU and OR settings during the daytime hours. The ideal candidate will have previous cardiothoracic surgery experience.

  • Work in conjunction with the attending cardiothoracic surgeon, and non-surgical providers, for medical care of cardiothoracic surgical patients.
  • Able to harvest vein conduits with endoscopic technique
  • Able to assist in a variety of cardiothoracic surgical operations
  • Perform initial evaluation, history, and physical examination of all assigned patients.
  • Placement of invasive monitoring lines including central venous catheters, dialysis lines, and arterial access.
  • Participate in ongoing education, quality, and research projects.
  • Contribute to service related databases as indicated.
  • Participate in education of patients and families during their inpatient course.
  • Support the mission and goals of Lehigh Valley Health Network.
  • Schedule is day time hours and distributed on-call nights

Job Qualifications:

  • Must be Board Eligible or Board Certified
  • A Valid Pennsylvania Medical License or ability to obtain one is required
  • Graduate from accredited educational program for Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants
  • Surgical cardiothoracic experience required

Benefits & Perks:

  • Attractive work schedule
  • Highly Competitive Compensation with a superb benefits package
  • Low cost health insurance for employees
  • CME reimbursement and time outside of normal PTO to take classes, attend conferences etc.
  • Retirement plans with employer contribution
  • APC Mentorship Program

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is a large nonprofit health system in eastern Pennsylvania with 19,000 colleagues, over 1,300 beds across 5 full service hospital campuses, 2,900 medical staff, 200 outpatient practices, and an academic environment with 25 fully accredited, free standing residency and fellowship programs. LVHN has been consistently ranked among America’s Top Hospitals for over 20 years.

We are located in the beautiful Lehigh Valley, a fast growing region in eastern Pennsylvania comprised of three mid-sized cites surrounded by suburban neighborhoods with over 700,000 residents. The area has a moderate cost of living, outstanding public and private school systems, ten colleges and universities, and an abundance of cultural and recreational offerings including two symphonies, summer music festivals, an art museum, championship golf courses and minor league sport teams. Just a 60 minute drive north of Philadelphia and 90 minute drive west of New York City. To learn more about the Lehigh Valley, visit

For consideration as a candidate, please email a CV to Kate Musser, Recruiter, at [Register to View] or call [Register to View] .