Lead Advanced Practice Provider (APN or PA)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


BSD SUR - Administration

About the Department

Operating since 1927 on a strong foundation of multidisciplinary clinical and academic excellence, the University of Chicago Department of Surgery's mission is to meet the most challenging and complex health problems on both a local and global scale. Many of our faculty members are known for their contributions to the advancement of groundbreaking surgical procedures and techniques, including minimally invasive surgery. In addition to our department's clinical work, our scientists pursue a diverse range of basic, translational, and clinical research projects, including studies on the gut microbiome, tissue bioengineering, stem cell research, cancer, and immunotolerance. This ongoing work and achievement would not be possible without the cohesive effort and commitment of the faculty and staff. We are looking for high energy, collaborative individuals who share our commitment to improving the health of patients in the community and beyond.

Job Summary

The Lead Advanced Practice Provider (APN or PA) in the Department of Surgery works collaboratively with section leadership to ensure efficient and effective management of their assigned APP group. Provides leadership in formulating and implementing objectives aligned in each of the clinical, educational, and research missions. Collaborates department-wide to further goals and objectives. Oversees the day-to-day operations, workflows, and problem resolution for their APP group. The Lead APP is responsible for comprehensive direct patient care management, including advanced levels of assessment, intervention, planning, and evaluation of care. Manages a caseload of patients and exercises autonomous decision-making in assessing, diagnosing, and initiating delegated medical treatments.



  • Partners with the Section Administrator, Section Chief, and faculty to set goals and assess performance of the APP team.

  • Ensures compliant and effective recruitment, onboarding, and orientation at the direction of the Department of Surgery Human Resources Office.   

  • Manages the APP team schedule and facilitates appropriate cross training to ensure planned and unplanned absences have comprehensive coverage for safe patient care.

  • Engages in team development through transparent communication, coaching, mentorship, talent management and implementing a culture of best practices.


  • Takes patient histories, conducts examinations, diagnoses illnesses, orders and interprets laboratory tests, performs specified diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and develops and implements comprehensive care plans for patients.

  • Collaborates and/or consults with physicians and other health care providers as appropriate.

  • Actively participates in program building, and quality measurement and improvement measures.

  • Oversees independent clinics and provides support to faculty clinics.

  • Promotes appropriate patient care protocol within the APP team relating to the physical and psychological needs of the patient.

  • Participates in activities that contribute to the education of healthcare professionals including one-on-one education, group education, formal presentations, and/or publishing.

  • Participates on UCM and BSD committees.

  • Keeps knowledge base current by reading professional literature and attending educational conferences.


  • Provides expertise to patient/family-centered care by communicating with the family regarding the changing health care needs of their family member. Update patient and families and hold family care conferences as appropriate.

  • Recommends process improvements to promote and practice economical and effective health care.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree from an accredited school/college.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through a combination of education and a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in a related job discipline.


Current and/or eligible for State of Illinois licensure/registration required. Eligibility to be privileged and credentialed through the Medical Staff Office (MSO). - State of Illinois


Preferred Qualifications


  • An advanced degree (or equivalent, if license received prior to July 1, 2001) from an accredited school/college of nursing or completion of an accredited Physician Assistant educational program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).


  • Clinical experience in a related area of specialty.

  • Progressively responsible administrative/supervisory experience.

Licenses and Certifications for Advanced Practice Nurse:

  • Current Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) license in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date. 

  • Current Registered Nurse (RN) license in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date.  

Licenses and Certifications for Physician Assistant:

  • Current Physician Assistant license/registration in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date.

  • Certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) by start date.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated clinical competency, effective leadership and teaching skills. 

  • Conduct physical examinations and health assessments.

  • Interview and obtain medical information.

  • Willingness to enter into written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician upon hire. 

  • Once licensed and as needed, willingness to apply for a controlled substance license and DEA number.

  • Willingness to be privileged and credentialed through UCM Medical Staff Office prior to start date. 

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently. 

  • Strong organizational skills. 

  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills. 

  • Strategic leadership and supervisory skills.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Healthcare & Medical Services

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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