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Orthopaedic Extremity Surgery Physician Assistant

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Local Title: Orthopaedic Extremity Surgery Physician Assistant
Budget Title: Teaching Hospital Physicians Assistant I
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Clinical, Patient Care


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Orthopaedic Extremity Surgery Physician Assistant.

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide exceptional health care services to the Borough of Brooklyn, SUNY Downstate Orthopaedic Surgery continues to support the expansion of operations of the Brooklyn upper limb service.

The past four-year term has seen the establishment of a viable, flourishing medical and surgical practice focusing on the entire upper extremity and microvascular surgery.  The section has expanded with the hiring of new physicians and will continue to evolve to provide comprehensive upper extremity care across multiple hospitals in Brooklyn as the “Brooklyn Upper Limb Center.”  As the initial several years of investment continue, our physicians have achieved operative volume that requires the support of a Physician Assistant to assist in complex inpatient care as well as continued outpatient expansion.  Our physicians have also created a niche practice in orthoplastic limb salvage and reconstruction. 

A Physician Assistant will work closely with the team to build sound operational footing, developing the foundation for further expansion into a regionally and nationally recognized upper limb and microsurgery program.

Upon hire, the Physician Assistant will function under the direction of two upper extremity orthopaedic surgeons in a fast-paced working environment. The individual is expected to work closely with orthopaedic surgery residents and will truly be an extension of the Brooklyn Upper Limb Center. The candidate should be self-motivated and have an interest in continuing education opportunities in addition to attending regular journal clubs, indication conferences and didactics for continued growth and development. The Physician Assistant should quickly gain the abilities necessary to become skilled and independent within their scope of practice and work toward the goal of running a parallel clinic.


  • Support unified, comprehensive and compassionate care for upper extremity and microvascular patients in the borough of Brooklyn via a patient-centered approach.
  • Assist in the development of a nationally and internationally recognized upper limb surgery center.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the “SUNY Downstate Orthoplastic Limb Salvage and Reconstruction Center”.

Clinical Requirements and Expectations

Assist in Surgery and turnover rate:

  • Application of casts, splints, traction, and other orthopaedic devices and equipment.
  • Cast and splint changes, suture removal, dressing changes with routine wound care as necessary.
  • Institute and execute routine post-operative orders of the supervising physician.
  • Chart progresses and other notes as necessary.

In the office, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Perform, in the event of an emergency situation, administration of all recognized first aid procedures.
  • Perform History and Physical Assessment.
  • Perform aspirations and injections.
  • Application and removal of all types of traction, casts, splints, and other immobilization devices and equipment.
  • Assist with and perform digital blocks, hematoma blocks and the use of local anesthetics.
  • Assist with the reduction of fractures and dislocations.
  • Assist with and perform the removal or excision of superficial orthopedic hardware.

Additionally, the successful candidate will:

  • Assist in the coordination of the operative schedule.
  • Ensure appropriate pre-admission patient evaluation and work-up, including history and physical assessment, patient education, and the institution of routine orders, all of which are to be reviewed by the supervising physician.
  • Follow-up with postoperative patients the day after surgery.
  • Function to extend the physicians; assist with patient communication via phone and email, after-hours contact from patients, urgent and routine follow-up, and paperwork needs.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from an accredited Physician Assistant program.
  • 3+ years of experience in surgery required. 
  • Current New York State professional license; board certification by the NCCPA and BLS certification, required.

Preferred Qualifications:


Work Schedule:

Variable Days; 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at 718-270-3025.


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