Medtronic Paid Researcher More Than $20,000 — Much More

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A prominent spine surgeon and researcher at the University of Wisconsin received $19 million in payment over five years from Medtronic Inc., one of the country’s largest makers of spinal devices, according to a senator who is investigating potential conflicts of interest in medicine. (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123206035479087601.html – Subscription Required)

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  1. I have been told that the surgeon in question here is Thomas Zdeblick, MD. It comes from a reliable source, but it is not 100% confirmed. Has anyone else heard about this?

  2. It is in fact the Zdeblick. He has been aware of this article for sometime. The truth is he is a great guy. It is too bad he has himself in deep with all of this.

  3. Does anyone know how the $19M breaks down? For instance, how much comes from royalties derived from patent licensing vs fees charged for consulting & promotion of products.

  4. It is in fact the Zdeblick. He has been aware of this article for sometime. The truth is he is a great guy. It is too bad he has himself in deep with all of this.

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