Physician Assistant


Our renowned Physician Assistants enjoy autonomy and flexibility in direct patient care.

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Our physician assistants (PAs) enjoy a rapidly growing presence. We’re empowered by the all-embracing opportunity to maximize quality of care. Over the last decade, we’ve expanded from a team of 50 to over 400 strong, and we’re continuing to grow across all specialties. Fully integrated onto inpatient floors, we enjoy a level of autonomy on par with our clinical abilities. Our PAs are highly utilized clinicians. We are not 9-5 “support.”

We maintain a presence on the floor 24/7 and in the ICUs—preventing, diagnosing and treating serious injury and illness. Our PAs collaborate with world-renowned physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and more during patient rounds, morning huddles and throughout the course of our work. Colleagues rely on our talents, acknowledging and respecting our abilities as mid-level clinicians. We conduct physical exams, order and interpret tests, counsel patients on preventive healthcare and assist in surgery.

PA Services
Our Physician Assistants practice as a cohesive team to ensure the care and caring of our patients and their families. In support of professional development, NYP has identified a clinical ladder with Clinical PAs, Senior PAs and Chief PAs. You'll find our PAs represented at the highest levels of hospital leadership. Historically, we were one of the first hospitals to expand PAs into the OR, ED and subspecialties. We're also professionally well-established both inside and outside the organization. Colleen Kalmbach, Director of Physician Assistant Services and our leader for the past decade, was honored by the New York State Society of PAs for expanding our role at the hospital. Annually, our physicians, nurses, case managers and more nominate one outstanding colleague for "Physician Assistant of the Year" on each campus.

Revolutionary Practices
To excel at our work, we extol the same values and maintain the same standards as our world-ranked physicians and nurses. We utilize advanced equipment and processes, including our Eclipsys EMR system. We have PAs who assist with robotics in the Department of Urology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Across the hospital, we participate in departmental Grand Rounds and inservice educational initiatives. PAs receive paid CME days to satisfy intellectual curiosity and compliance. Since we’re home to a renowned PA medical school at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, teaching opportunities abound. For our expertise and expanding responsibilities, you’ll often hear our PAs refer to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital as a “PA-run institution.”

New Graduates
NewYork-Presbyterian is committed to new graduate Physician Assistants like yourself. NewYork-Presbyterian is a great place to launch your career - here you will receive the finest training, mentoring, and support. Positions for new graduates are available in several of our specialties throughout the year. If an open position is accepting new graduates, it will indicate so in the posting requirements. All other open positions will generally require at least one year of hospital experience in that specialty.

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Prerequisites for Physician Assistant
Master’s or Bachelor’s in accredited Physician Assistant program
Current Physician’s Assistant License in New York State
NCCPA certification required

Grand Rounds
To highlight achievements and advance interdisciplinary work, departments meet once a week to view case presentations. We discuss pace-setting therapies for patient treatments and everything exciting on the horizon.

Weill Cornell Medical College PA Program
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is home to one of the most prestigious PA programs in the world: The Weill Cornell Medical College Physician Assistant Program. This program, in its earliest model, began in 1973. Since our founding, we’ve provided primary care training to all students—preparing them for PA practice in any area.

Our program offers students the opportunity to apply the foundations of medicine to patient care in a variety of practice settings throughout NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. In addition, students develop research skills to incorporate new medical methodologies into clinical practice. The twenty-six month curriculum is conducted through the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

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The Allen Hospital Spine Program
NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital is home to a comprehensive spine hospital that is the first of its kind. Led by some of the best spine surgeons in the world, this program gives PAs the chance to deliver exceptional care throughout all stages of treatment, from pre- to post-operative. Together, we're transforming the field of spinal care and surgery by making tomorrow better for countless patients and their families.

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Awards and Recognition:

Colleen Kalmbach, Director, Physician Assistant Services. “2012 Leadership Circle Award” from NewYork-Presbyterian in honor of her commitment to mentoring staff, fostering collaboration across clinical teams and improving the quality of patient care.


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