Psychiatrists Top List of Big Pharma Payments Again

Deborah Brauser

March 14, 2013

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The other psychiatrists in the top 22, listed in order, include the following:

• Henry A. Nasrallah, MD, associate dean and professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio

• Rakesh Jain, MD, director of psychiatric drug research for R/D Clinical Research in Lake Jackson, Texas

• Matthew N. Brams, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and a senior examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

• Prakash Masand, MD, a practicing psychiatrist and CEO of Global Medical Education in New York City

• Leslie Citrome, MD, attending physician in psychiatry at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York (who is an uncompensated member of the Medscape Psychiatry Editorial Advisory Board and produces its monthly Viewpoint

• Vladimir Maletic, MD, clinical professor of neuropsychiatry and behavioral science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina, and program chair for the upcoming 2013 US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress

• Sanjay Gupta, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at SUNY Medical University in Buffalo, New York

• James R. Woods, MD, a psychiatrist with the Psychiatry Group in Memphis, Tennessee

• Matthew Berger, MD, a private-practice specialist in forensic psychiatry in Moosic, Pennsylvania, and part of the geriatric psychiatric unit at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton

"I don't know anything about [these clinicians'] individual circumstances and can only presume that they think they're doing good things. I would just say: be careful," said Dr. Scully.

In 2010, as reported at the time by Medscape Medical News, the APA released a code of conduct (COC) to formalize their relationships with the pharmaceutical industry and to establish a Conflict of Interest Committee. Dr. Scully was involved in creating the COC.

"We've been very involved with this topic for a number of years because the public trust is very important to us," he said.

Other Specialties Represented

According to the new report, the number 2 and number 14 positions are held by chronic pain managers who are board certified in anesthesiology. Gerald Sacks, MD, is listed as receiving $730,400 and is director of pain management at the Pain Institute of Santa Monica, California. Todd M. Hess, MD, is listed as receiving $542,900 and is medical director of the United Pain Center at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The top payee in the field of cardiology, coming in at number 8 with $622,286, is John A. Osborne, MD, PhD, founder and director of State of the Heart Cardiology in Grapevine, Texas. Dr. Osborne was also the highest paid cardiologist listed in the 2010 report.

The top earner in the field of oncology was David A. Rizzieri, MD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Hematological Malignancies and Cellular Therapy at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina.

Although he is in the number 12 position on the current list with $567,300, his payment amounts have actually gone down since the last report. From 2010 to 2011, Dr. Rizzieri made approximately $379,550 as a speaker for Novartis, Cephalon, and GlaxoSmithKline. For 2012, those numbers dropped to $33,250.

The only woman in the top 22 is Elizabeth R. Race, MD, an infectious disease specialist in Dallas, Texas, who is shown to have received $516,070.

Full details on all of the clinicians who received more than $500,000 can be found on ProPublica's Web site.


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