Cardiothoracic Surgery PA

Lynchburg, Virginia

CENTRA's Cardiothoracic Surgery Center is seeking a Physician Assistant to join our integrated, team-oriented cardiac surgery program! 

PA will have a variety of responsibilities relating to the care of pre and post-operative open heart surgery and thoracic patients.  Responsibilities would include but are not limited to:

·         preoperative patient evaluation with performance of history and physical examination

·         first assistant in the operating room for cardiac and thoracic procedures

·         endoscopic saphenous vein harvesting

·         oversight of surgical telemetry patient and bedside rounds

·         responsible for admissions and consultations as need arises

·         perform invasive procedures such as arterial line, chest tubes, IABP insertion/removal

·         must be able to function in an autonomous environment

·         out-patient clinic responsibilities as needed

General postoperative care would also include ventilator support and management, adjustments in medication infusions and recognition of problems related to open heart surgery patients. 
Minimum two years’ experience of solid perioperative care or critical care preferred. Endoscopic vein harvesting experience is highly desired.

New grads will also be considered. Candidates must be able to work in a collaborative, high-acuity, patient-focused environment that includes some night and weekend call requirements.

CENTRA is a regional, not-for-profit, four-hospital health care system based in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Our cardiac and thoracic surgery program is based in the Stroobants Heart Center of CENTRA Lynchburg General Hospital.  Our facilities includes 2 dedicated operating rooms, a 12-bed cardiac ICU, a 44-bed step-down unit, and complete invasive and non-invasive cardiology services. 

Our current cardiothoracic surgical team is comprised of three surgeons and two PAs performing approximately 350 open heart cases involving both VAD implantations and minimally invasive procedures & 175 general thoracic cases comprising thoracotomies as well as VATS procedures.

The cardiac surgery program has been awarded STS 3-Star ratings and has received the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital rating multiple times.  CENTRA has excelled in nursing with a Magnet designation since 2005.  Our hospital IT infrastructure has been recognized on the Top 25 Wireless Hospital list by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine and a new EHR system was recently implemented.

Attending level supervision is constantly available so that the advanced practitioner has a resource for guidance and exchange of ideas for important decision-making.

Lynchburg, Virginia is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the scenic James River and offers the variety of all four seasons.  It is an area that is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast.  You will find many amenities to enjoy here - an abundance of outdoor activities, affordable cost of living, excellent public and private schools, and easy access to major metropolitan areas, mountains, and the beach.

Competitive salary scale, excellent benefits package, and generous PTO plan.  Sign-On Bonus and Relocation Assistance also available!

For more information, please contact Robin Moon at

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Hospital CENTRA Lynchburg General Hospital (more info) Community Lynchburg/Central Region (more info)