Mount Sinai Careers


New York, New York
Professional / Managerial / Administrative

Job Description

Strength Through Diversity

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Lead Surgeon's Assistant - 2318716


The Lead Surgeon’s Assistant is responsible for day to day surgical technology operations for the Ambulatory Surgery Unit for Mount Sinai Surgical Associates. In addition to Lead duties, this individual is expected to perform all scrub assignment and circulating duties as described for a Surgeon’s Assistant, inclusive of assisting in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel; preparation of the operating room and patient prior to surgery and may assist the surgeon during the procedures. Performs support activities in the Unit as assigned.

Roles & Responsibilities:


  • Coordinates all training, orientation and precepting of new Surgeon’s Assistants.
  • Develops and maintains a comprehensive orientation program for Surgeon’s Assistants.
  • Coordinates and develops staff in-services and training on new procedures and equipment for all the various surgical procedures.
  • Participates in the interview and selection process for assignment of new Surgeon’s Assistants.
  • Works as a liaison between the operating room and central sterile supply.
  • Routinely works as a member of a team consisting of the Registered Nurse Circulator, the Operating Room Technician, and the Anesthetist, to provide Operating Room services to patients undergoing surgery.
  • Functions as the Surgeon’s Assistant for a wide variety of complex, extensive, and frequently prolonged procedures with each of the Surgical Service providers, such as General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, ENT Surgery, Urology, Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery, and Gynecological Surgery.
  • Prepares assigned operating rooms for specific surgical procedures. The selection of equipment, drapes, packs, sutures, and instruments according to procedure and the surgeon’s preference. The Surgeon’s Assistant shares responsibility for ensuring that needed items are available for each case.
  • Operates and uses a wide range of highly specialized equipment and disposable supplies needed for the various procedures.
  • Takes action to maintain maintains the highest possible level of sterile technique utilizing critical standards of asepsis.
  • Anticipates the surgeon’s need of instruments or supplies during an operative procedure. Anticipates and prepares for emergencies or problematic developments during a surgical procedure.
  • Participates with the Circulating Nurse in counting of sponges, needles, blades, and instruments. Follows protocols or handling and transport of contaminated items, disposal of sharps, etc.
  • Functions as First Assistant under the direct supervision of the surgeon to provide aid. Performs other technical functions under the direction of the Surgeon that will help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient.
  • Participates as a team member and a resource person on specialty teams in the Operating Room. Each service has a specialty team and the purpose of the specialty teams is to organize, update, and educate for that service.
  • Responds to emergencies performs all routine checks, such as refrigerators, freezers, and warmers, preparing the operating rooms for the following day’s cases, and maintaining general orderliness of the unit.





Graduation from an accredited surgical technologist program.

Certification in OR Technology from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting is preferred.


1. Operating Room experience

2. Experience in all surgical applications

3. Must have a vast knowledge of surgical procedures and equipment

4. Prefer experience in ambulatory surgery operating room setting

Strength Through Diversity

The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity and inclusion is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize healthcare delivery together.
We work hard to recruit and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you have the opportunity and support to develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, have an impact on quality patient care. 

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Who We Are

Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.
Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospitals, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation. 

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