Ambulatory Chief Physician Assistant

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.



A Master’s Degree with successful completion of an accredited Physician Assistant Studies program is required along with five years of clinical experience, of which two years were in an ambulatory oncology environment.  Supervisory experience and teaching experience preferred.  Must be NCCPA Certified and licensed to practice as a Physician Assistant in Massachusetts.  Must maintain current DEA and Massachusetts Controlled Substance Licenses and complete 100 hours of CME according to national and state regulations during each 2-year period of employment.

The Ambulatory Chief PA will be 50% clinical and 50% administrative. The list below details administrative duties; clinical duties are the equivalent of a Physician Assistant III.


In addition to the duties and responsibilities associated with Ambulatory Physician Assistants, the Chief Physician Assistant:

  • Serves as a resource to departments for PA best practice and PA utilization.
  • Establishes a work environment that supports teamwork and a collegial atmosphere. Builds trust and encourages collaboration within and among teams and between departments. Develops and refines tools and processes for effectively tracking and assessing staff performance, including FPPE and OPPE. Works with supervising physicians to identify PAs with performance issues and establish proctoring as appropriate.
  • Drives ongoing strategic initiatives and ensures adherence to policies and continuous quality improvement. Ensures Institute initiatives are meeting leadership defined targets.
  • Participates as PA program representative on committees as needed.
  • Reviews and provides feedback to PAs about proper documentation, workflows, billing, and compliance.  Actively participates in and facilitates the recruitment and training of PAs.  Reviews applications and participates in interviews.  Establishes training process/methods and weekly/monthly goals with real time follow-up.
  • Facilitates regular meetings to foster communication, collaboration and accountability across all PA teams and disease centers. Discusses programmatic/Institute announcements and invites visitors presenting outside work impacting PA program.
  • Collaborates with inpatient PA chiefs and NP leadership.
  • Participates in development of and facilitation of PA education and fellowship program.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.



  • Expert knowledge of general medicine and hematology/oncology. Ability to incorporate knowledge of general internal medicine and medical complications unique to oncology patients in day-to-day management of patients.
  • Must be professional, quality driven, and have the proven ability to work well within a cohesive group of peers. Exercises the highest level of professional judgment and will exercise independent originality in solving problems. Effective communication skills and sound judgment.
  • Possesses the maturity and confidence to work closely with clinicians, therapists, and team members across the organization. Ability to build working relationships amongst his/her peers and other team members working with oncology patients.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing clinical education and training and exhibits expert knowledge of oncology and general medicine.
  • Able to accept instruction and guidance and assume graded responsibility in complex teamwork, while demonstrating an understanding of procedures, policies and documentation required to facilitate PA compliance with hospital standards of care.
  • Demonstrates ability to work collaboratively with all members of the care team and all DF/BW staff.






Provides direct patient care to adult patients.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is honored to be one of the organizations to receive the American Academy of PAs’ (AAPA) Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management (CHLM) 2020-2021 Employer of Excellence Award. The EOE Awards, the first and only PA-specific award program for organizations, is designed to showcase employers that have implemented practices that create positive work environments for PAs and encourage collaborative provider teams. 



External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.



The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.  Requirements are subject to modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.


Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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