Chief Physician Assistant - Inpatient

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time


The Chief Physician Assistant is part of the PA leadership team. Primary duties and responsibilities are listed below.

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 AAPA/NCCPA accredited Physician Assistant Studies program are required along with at least three years of experience working as a Physician Assistant. 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 per national and state regulations during each 2-year period of employment.

The list below details administrative duties; clinical duties are the equivalent of a Physician Assistant II/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. Keeps staff and leadership informed on DF/BWCC business and other information on a regular basis. 
  • 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. Identifies metrics and develops scorecards to track critical performance metrics.
  • 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.  Attends weekly Chief meetings.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
  • 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. Strong 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.



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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