Position Description

Cardiac Surgery Physician Assistant (PA), Cardiology Clinic, (Larkspur), Per Diem, Days
Location City Larkspur, CA 
Job Shift Day
Compensation $79.75 - $105.15 (Plus 20% Per Diem Differential)
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Cardiac Surgery Physician Assistant (PA), Cardiology Clinic, (Larkspur), Per Diem, Days

Larkspur, CA


Come and be a part of our healing team at the award-winning MarinHealth! MarinHealth Medical Network is a medical foundation representing the physicians, their care teams, and office staff, who previously operated under Prima Medical Foundation or the Marin Healthcare District. The network includes more than 150 providers in 20 locations throughout the North Bay. Thanks to a strategic alliance, Medical Network practices are part of UCSF Health and our services are backed by the expertise of our trusted community hospital, MarinHealth Medical Center, ranked in the top 3% of general hospitals in the country. As Marin County’s only acute hospital and a vital resource for a wide range of essential health care services, it is our mission—and our passion—to excel in every medical specialty. We attract the finest physicians and employees who appreciate having the best of both worlds: the resources and medical sophistication of an academic medical center combined with the personalized, caring touch of an independent hospital.


As a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to work with a talented and diverse group of healthcare professionals who are passionate about providing exceptional care to our patients. You will also have access to cutting-edge technology, training programs, and professional development opportunities that will help you grow in your career. 


COMPENSATION: $79.75 - $105.15 (Plus 20% Per Diem Differential)
Pay scale for this role is benchmarked against a third-party source regarded as the gold standard for provider compensation data


The Cardiac Surgery Physician’s Assistant (PA) position has clinical, procedural, administrative and educational responsibilities in the care of adult patients requiring cardiac surgery. Under the supervision of UCSF’s Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Director of Cardiovascular Services, the Cardiac Surgery PA will have a critical role in the surgical setting, with both team member and individual duties. These responsibilities will include preoperative and postoperative patient examination and assessment, treatment implementation, performance of specific procedures; development of practice protocols and evaluation of quality of care. Population served includes adults and geriatrics.

The Cardiac Surgery PA has primary contacts with patients/families, the Cardiac Surgery Medical Director, UCSF’s Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Medical Director, as well as referring physicians and their office staff, Nursing, Clinical Laboratory, Noninvasive Cardiology, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Electrophysiology Laboratory, Medical Records, Business Services and other hospital departments and the community at large.




  • Must have completed an AAPA recognized graduate master’s degree program as a physician assistant.
  • Must hold an active and current California Physician Assistant License (PA).


  • Knowledge of current cardiac medical practice as it relates to cardiac surgery; knowledge of adult educational planning, implementation and evaluation.   
  • Minimum 1 year related adult Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular patient care experience as a physician assistant and/or minimum 1 year of adult ICU experience as a physician assistant in a Cardiothoracic ICU/Coronary Care Unit/Cardiovascular ICU setting 
  • At least 1 year of OR First Assist and endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH) experience at a high-volume center.


Demonstrated excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are necessary.  Clinical research skills, basic computer skills (access, enter and retrieve data; Word, and Excel skills preferred).  Must be able to work with autonomy, adaptability, flexibility and maintain composure during pressures and adverse conditions and work as an effective team member in a collaborative role with other disciplines.

  • Must hold an active and current California Physician Assistant License (PA). Adult care required
  • Must hold current national board certification by first day of work and maintain
  • Must have submitted enrollment with CMS Medicare and Medicaid through the credentialing process by first clinical day.
  • BLS and ACLS within one year of hire
  • Non-Physician Medical Staff Privileging with MarinHealth Medical Center within one year of hire
  • Must hold a valid Controlled Substance Registration Certificate from both the California Department of Public Health and the Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Must complete a minimum 30 hours of pharmacology continuing education every 6 years or as required to maintain prescriptive privilege
  • Written practice guidelines will be maintained on site, reviewed, and updated annually by the PA and collaborating MD, or medical director



  • Acts as first assist in the operating room, performing procedures such as endoscopic vein harvesting.
  • Supports inpatient activities including rounding as needed, progress notes, orders, referrals, results reviews, discharge planning, and coordinating care
  • Make independent decisions regarding management and treatment of medical problems identified
  • Initiate appropriate non-pharmacologic interventions
  • Prescribe medication in accordance with state prescriptive guidelines
  • Obtain informed consent from clients for cardiac surgery interventions prior to procedures
  • Assess cultural, social and economic factors for each client and tailor care to those factors
  • Manage care of clients in a way that balances quality and cost
  • Represent the practice, hospital and PA profession at the state and federal level addressing bills concerning medical treatment and financial issues in healthcare
  • Participate in professional meetings, committees, seminars, and other continuing education to keep abreast in professional practice, to enhance professional growth, to meet professional standards and maintain current certification
  • Any other responsibility that is deemed appropriate within the role of the Cardiac Surgery PA
  • Administrative-Clerical Duties
  • Document findings and plan of care in medical record
  • Complete test requisitions
  • Coordinate care of patients.
  • Enhance communication between departments, referring physicians, hospitals and/or community agencies
  • Dictate discharge, H&P, interval notes, or follow-up summaries
  • Function under guidelines of HIPAA


  • Perform therapeutic or corrective measures including urgent care
  • Provide specific specialty interventions or procedures as outlined on attached specialty form
  • Screen, evaluate, and manage patients in Cardiac Surgery clinical trials as applicable
  • Correspond with insurers, employers, government agencies, and other healthcare providers about established clients as necessary
  • Teach groups of staff or clients about health-related topics
  • Participate in supporting the education/professional development of clinical
  • Provide outreach health education services to the community
  • Participate in the development of health education materials
  • Perform other duties as assigned

External hires are subject to a background check and pre-employment medical screen .  Qualified applicants with arrest records and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal, state and local laws.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability status and any other classifications protected by federal, state & local laws.


The length of a typical day can vary from 4-8 hours, but specific hours and days of work can vary based upon department needs.  During hours of work, the Cardiac Surgery PA will typically be on a nursing unit or in the office.  Interruptions by people, telephone calls, pages, or written memos require smooth and rapid transfer from one task to another.  The atmosphere on a unit can be crowded, hectic and noisy.  Physical work is generally light but patient care demands require ability to do occasional heavy lifting.

MarinHealth remains committed to the health and safety of our employees, patients, and the entire community. As such, MarinHealth requires employees to receive all required immunizations, including, MMR, flu (seasonal availability), and COVID-19 vaccine + booster, as a condition of employment and annually thereafter, as required. Any exemptions from these requirements may be granted for limited and specific situations.

Additional Information

  • Department: 9309 - Cardiac Surgery
  • Job Schedule: Per Diem
  • Job Shift: Day
  • Hours per Two-Week Period: Per Diem
  • Shift Hours: 8 Hour Shift
  • Job Number: MHMN20 - 729
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