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Cleveland Clinic Senior Surgeons Assistant Cardiac - PRN in Akron, Ohio

Job ID: 115911

  • Functions primarily as a first or second assistant during cardiovascular and thoracic operative procedures. Participates as first or second assistant in other surgical specialties as requested.

  • Dissects, removes, and prepares saphenous vein, radial artery and/or other conduits suitable for surgical anastomosis. Closes all surgical sites as required.

  • Reviews patient medical record and supportive clinical documentation including H&P, tests/lab findings, x-ray, EKG results, consent forms, and various test findings as needed.

  • Provides assistance to various members of the operating room team. Assists with room set up to include obtaining necessary equipment and surgical supplies and opening and arranging supplies. May assist with patient positioning, shave, skin preparation, and Foley insertion.

  • Performs preoperative patient assessment to include a general history and physical examination at physician request.

  • Participates in postoperative hospital rounds in order to assess the patient physical status and report findings to the requesting physician as needed.

  • Participates in patient education and assists with patient transportation activities as required.

  • Reviews test results, lab reports, x-ray interpretations, etc. and reports findings to the requesting physician as needed.

  • Maintains working knowledge of aseptic techniques, practices universal precautions and associated standards of care. Maintains knowledge of operative trends and advances in surgical technologies.

  • Maintains competencies specific to patient population served.

  • Completes mandatory education and training in order to maintain organization and department specific competencies and requirements. Maintains applicable certification/licensure (BLS certification).

  • Follows hospital and department policies and procedures with special attention to attendance and punctuality, confidentiality, dress code and display of ID badge, and safety.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Graduate of an approved physician assistant RNFA or surgeon's assistant program.


  • Maintains current Basic Life Support (BLS) and CPR certifications.

Complexity of Work:

  • Maintains competencies specific to patient population served.

  • Knowledge of physiological and anatomical aspects of surgical procedures to include surgical competency in saphenous vein harvesting. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Work Experience:

  • Three years recent experience in first assisting with cardiovascular and cardiothoracic procedures. Endoscopic vein harvesting experience preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Follows standard precautions using personal protective equipment as required

Cleveland Clinic is pleased to be an equal employment/affirmative action employer: Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.