Physician Assistant - Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

Position: Physician Assistant - Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

Location: US-TX-Houston

Talent Area: Professional - Clinical

Shift: Variable shift

About Texas Children's Hospital

Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years.   Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation.   To join our community of 14,000+ dedicated team members, visit for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at   Texas Children’s is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions at Texas Children's without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.


We are looking for the next addition to our Physician Assistant Fellowship Program. A great candidate is someone who wishes to gain hands-on skills in a dynamic learning environment, and can thrive in a busy academic hospital environment. Our fellowship provides continuous professional experience through inpatient management and independent performance of multiple surgical procedures. This job gives candidates the opportunity to use World Class standards and practices to participate in leading edge work, pioneering new protocols and methods. Candidates will consistently update their skills and knowledge relevant to pediatric practice as they incorporate evidence-based practice into their day-to-day role.


Texas Children’s Hospital Surgical Physician Assistant Fellowship Program provides advanced pediatric surgical training to physician assistants. It is the first of its kind in the country to offer a 12-month didactic and clinical pediatric training program. Our fellowship ensures a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a full spectrum of pediatric surgical subspecialties, and to become a leader in all areas of pediatric surgery. Surgical subspecialties include: congenital heart surgery, general pediatric surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, trauma, urology, and an innovative new addition, surgical hospitalists.


The one-year program includes in-depth clinical pediatric surgical subspecialty experience including two weeks of basic laboratory research.  Each participating fellow then elects two surgical divisions to focus on during the course of the program. Training will be provided in clinics, on the surgical floors and in the operating room and will involve pre-, intra- and post-operative care. In addition to the clinical training, the fellowship program offers a robust didactic curriculum to include CME accredited weekly lectures by our world renowned physician’s, cadaver lab, simulation labs, and suture workshops.


Texas Children’s Hospital is ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas and among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our Department of Surgery, a significant contributor to this reputation, is driven by a professional staff that thrives on providing the highest quality surgical care in a collaborative environment supported by a multi-disciplined team approach. We are one of the largest surgical teams in the TCH organization with the patient load to match! Passionate about surgical education and research, the staff is committed to advancing the field through focus on each specialty.

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Responsibilities :

Fellowship Goals

  • Acquire knowledge of all pediatric subspecialties within Texas Children’s Hospital to allow for diagnosis, treatment and management of the pediatric population. Strengthen physical assessment skills essential for the care of the pediatric and adolescent surgical patient.
  • Develop baseline understanding of potential complications related to the diagnosis and treatment of specific surgical diagnoses.
  • Develop skills in performing invasive procedures.
  • Provide opportunities to explore the physician assistant professional role.
  • Experience the physician assistant collaborative role among MDs and PAs within Texas Children's Hospital.
  • Integrate a knowledge base necessary to educate patients and families.
  • Provide fundamental knowledge on the physician assistant First-Assist role within the operating room.


Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree
• Master’s degree preferred
• Eligibility to obtain license from Texas Medical Board to practice in the State of Texas
• Eligibility to obtain certification by National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (new graduates may receive acceptance into the program, pending successful completion of the PANCE.)
• Letters of recommendation—a minimum of one from program director (if new/recent graduate) and one from recent supervising physician

• Personal statement of approximately 500 words to include why you want to be a PA Fellow at Texas Children's Hospital 

• Current CV


Desired Skills & Experience

• Master’s degree
• Current BLS
• PALS certification (Please note PALS will be administered for all PA Fellows during program orientation)
• Fundamental knowledge of pediatric assessment and treatment
• Knowledge of related OSHA, CLIA and JCAHO guidelines and requirements
• 2 years pediatric and/or surgical patient care experience.


Our Advanced Practice professional team operates as a cohesive group that engages in active partnership with our physician colleagues to provide World Class pediatric healthcare.

The program is led by Dr. Larry Hollier, Chief of Plastic Surgery; Ryan Krasnosky, PA-C, Fellowship Program Director and Director of Surgical Advanced Practice Providers; Kris Marsack, PA-C, Academics Director; Jackie Broda, PA-C, Fellowship Program Clinical Lead and Jordan Rodriguez, Project Manager.  


For questions or more information contact:
Jordan Rodriguez

Project Manager

Department of Surgery APP

Program start date: January 11, 2021

Application deadline: September 16, 2020
Interviews: August 28th and September 25th 

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