Cardiac Surgical Assistant

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC

About the Job

General Summary of Position:

  • Provides first, second or third assistance during open heart and other vascular and thorastic surgical procedures, under direction of a physician.  Assists with the pre- and post-operative care of patient. 


  • Associate's degree or higher level degree or equivalent training, such as graduation from National Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA), Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner program, or directly related discipline, is required.


  • From 3 to 5 years’ experience required with a minimum of  two years of direct, previous Surgical Assistant or equivalent experience in a general surgery or cardiac surgery program exhibiting a high degree of understanding regarding hemodynamic principles for the cardiac patient and how they relate to patient management and be able to assess these parameters and precisely relay the information to the appropriate medical personnel. 


  • Certification as a Certified Surgical Assistant (CSA) from the National Surgical Assistant’s Association or equivalent certification is required or, should certification be pending, incumbent must attain certification within twelve months of hire to maintain employment. License as a Surgical Assistant by the District of Columbia is required.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.