Surgeon's assistant

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A surgeon's assistant, also surgical care practitioner, surgical first assistant or surgical assistant, assists with surgery during a surgical operation under the direction of a surgeon.[1]

In the United Kingdom, a surgical care practitioner is not a qualified doctor, but may perform simple surgical operations under the supervision of one.[1]

In the United States, the American College of Surgeons recommends that a first assistant be either a qualified surgeon or a resident training to become one or a qualified practitioner licensed in the role of surgical assistant.[2]


  1. ^ a b Erin Dean (10 December 2012). The surgeons who are not doctors. BBC News. Accessed February 2017.
  2. ^ "ACS Statement on Principles". American College of Surgeons. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 

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