Physician Assistant (surgical/procedural) - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Seattle, WA
Med / Surg, Support Staffing
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Number: 180294
Department: Plastic Surgery
Hours: 8-5, varies

Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington is recruiting a Physician Assistant to join our team.

The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center is seeking a full-time surgical Physician Assistant to join our team. This position works collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team and is led by three surgeons serving patients in the Seattle and Federal Way communities. The practice is 70% reconstructive and 30% cosmetic.

The PA will be based in Seattle, an occasional support in Federal Way, with responsibility for assisting in the operating room and outpatient clinic setting. Under the direction of the supervising physicians, the PA will be responsible for all, in coordination with the physician, all aspects of patient care including the development of treatment plans, coordination of treatment and assistance in management of postoperative care.

While the PA can expect a relatively predictable work schedule planned in advance, whenever possible, scheduling variations may occur in order to cover patient needs as they become apparent to the department. The PA may be asked to take call, pick up additional shifts, work variable hours, and/or provide backup coverage as needed.


  • Serves as first assistant in the operating room and procedural areas

  • Manage perioperative patients while admitted to a busy surgery department.

  • Coordinate patient care, patient education and teaching, communicating with patients pre-operatively and post-operatively, and communicating with other providers to obtain all pertinent clinical information to facilitate patient care.

  • Provides direct care, counseling, and teaching to patients in the ambulatory, inpatient, operative, and/or procedural setting

  • Performs complete histories and physical examinations

  • Orders, interprets, and evaluates appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests

  • Develops appropriate plans of care and follow-up based on the outcomes of diagnostic, laboratory, and physical examination findings

  • Orders medications and writes prescriptions according to organizational and regulatory policies and procedures

  • Consistently provides high quality and timely documentation including admission and progress notes, procedure notes, operative notes and discharge summaries

  • Demonstrates expert clinical judgment skills to function in an independent role

Non-Clinical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates professional collaborative and consultative relationships with other providers

  • Works with and educates residents as part of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery team.

  • Follows all designated prescriptive practices and monitoring requirements with the designated supervising physician

  • Participates in departmental programs as appropriate and attends all required meetings, in-services, and professional trainings

  • Maintains superior interpersonal and communication skills as a member of the healthcare team in order to collaborate effectively with patients, families, staff, and team members

  • Remains actively involved in continuing education with a commitment to self and departmental growth

  • Adheres to all established safety policies, procedures, and precautions; identifies potential or actual unsafe situations in the environment and takes measures to rectify the situation

  • Demonstrates understanding of procedures, policies, and documentation required to ensure compliance with hospital standards of care


  • This position requires Certification as a Physician Assistant with prescriptive authority in the State of Washington.

  • Must have the ability to work in a dynamic, busy clinical setting with changing patient needs

  • Must have the ability to be self-directive and to demonstrate initiative in addressing the responsibilities of the position

  • Must have the ability to utilize appropriate problem-solving and conflict resolution skills

  • Must be energetic and quality driven and have a proven ability to be a productive member of a team dedicated to providing optimal patient care

  • Must be proficient with computer systems as needed to independently perform daily tasks (EMR, Cerner preferred)

  • Must maintain the highest degree of professional judgment under the supervision and guidance of a licensed physician

About Virginia Mason

Virginia Mason, established in 1920 in Seattle, WA, is internationally recognized as a preeminent health care organization focused on delivering quality services to our patients. We have a 336-bed hospital in Seattle and multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 450 physicians. With a network of primary, specialty, neighborhood clinics and regional medical centers; you will find our culture is the very definition of best practices and a model that is the benchmark for other medical organizations. Join us, and find out how many ways Virginia Mason offers you the chance to focus on what really matters—your patients.

Living in the Pacific Northwest

Located in the Pacific NW, Seattle is an area with a mild climate year round and close to the great outdoors where we enjoy an abundance of activities with our close proximity to the waters of Puget Sound and surrounding mountains. City life and cultural activities are also thriving. With a variety of neighborhoods and areas to work and live, there are many choices for the type of lifestyle you’d like to enjoy.

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