RI Physicians Received $24M in Payments for Speaking, Travel, Food & Beverages, and More

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

 

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Physicians in RI received over $24 million

Federal data shows that over a three and a half year period, some 3,542 physicians in Rhode Island received over $24 million in payments from drug and medical device companies.

The 50 physicians receiving the largest amount of payments received over half of the $24 million, pulling in more than $12.8 million.

The payments from the companies include millions for speaking, travel, education and food and beverages.

Top Doctor

The physician who received the most in payments is Michael Bradley. In the time period between 2013 to 2016, he received $771,000 in payments.

Travel payments topped $39,800 and food and beverage exceeded $7,500 but these numbers are dwarfed by the more than $280,000 he received in consulting fees and hundreds of thousands in speaking fees. Bradley is the chief of orthopedic surgery at South County Hospital.

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Dr. Bradley PHOTO: South County Hospital

He did not respond to requests for comments on the story.

The physician who received the fourth highest amount of payments did speak with GoLocal.

Rizvi Says the Activities Are Critical

Dr. Syed Rizvi, the Director of the Rhode Island Hospital Multiple Sclerosis Center and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, spoke to the more than half million dollars in payments he received in three and half years for consulting and promotional speaking on drugs such as Betaseron (Bayer Healthcare), Gilenya (Novartis Pharmaceuticals), Tecfidera (Biogen, Inc.) and more. 

“I’m a MS specialist,” said Rizvi, who is board certified in psychiatry and neurology, and is the chairman of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “[Some of] the programs involve patient education programs. The consulting agreements are different, [those] might be an advisory board. I have one next month that’s regarding a product that’s in the pipeline. They invite specialists to get what the feeling is [for the product] and that’s opinion based, and they pay you for your time.”

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Dr. Rizvi, PHOTO: Lifespan

“Then there are speaking programs that are FDA approved,” said Rizvi. “[For example], take a patient education program in Fall River. I would go and there will be 20-30 patients — one could be a disease-state program [about] understanding MS and presenting a topic about MS and the patients will ask you all kinds of questions. Once in a while, you have peer programs, practitioners who want to learn more about the product.”

Rizvi said his speaking and consulting work does not interfere with his practice — and spoke to how the proliferation of MS treatments makes his position unique. 

“There’s no interference with my practice, I’m there five days a week,” said Rizvi. “These programs are dinner meetings, usually later in the day after you're done. Look at the numbers of other MS specialists in the country — I think I’d be on the low side [of payments]."

"The treatment of MS is relatively new in the last 15 years. If you look at it since 1993, there are 15, 16 new products. And there may be pre-products, and the need for patient support. I don’t have to, but I have the opportunity to do it.  It’s all transparent.” Rizvi said that if he brings up drugs he has gotten money for consulting or speaking, he is legally required to tell patients.  “The first thing I tell them I’m being paid and sponsored by this company. You [literally] have to speak it out,” said Rizvi. “And if it’s off label, I can’t answer those questions.”

More than 1,400 Payments

Dermatologist Ellen Frankel — the physician who received the fifth highest amount in payments -- received 1,407 payments totaling $480,000. Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are required by law to release details of their payments to a variety of doctors and U.S. teaching hospitals for promotional talks, research and consulting, among other categories. The data was collected from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare by ProPublica

 

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The following information was compiled by ProPublica for industry payments between August 2013 and December 2016. 

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#50

DR. JON A RUEL

Dentist, Prosthodontics

PORTSMOUTH, RI

$108K

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#49

DR. LILIYA KOYFMAN

Psychiatry

WARWICK, RI

$109K

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#48

DR. LAINA E CROWTHERS

Obstetrics & Gynecology

PROVIDENCE, RI

$118K

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#47

DR. GUY LANCELLOTTI

Surgery

WARWICK, RI

$118K

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#46

DR. ROBERT A CONTE

Dentist

WARWICK, RI

$118K

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#45

DR. RICHARD A COTTIERO

Nephrology

PROVIDENCE, RI

$119K

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#44

DR. CRAIG P EBERSON

Orthopedic Surgery

PROVIDENCE, RI

$123K

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#43

DR. ARA SADANIANTZ

Cardiovascular Disease

PROVIDENCE, RI

$123K

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#42

DR. GYAN PAREEK

Urology

PROVIDENCE, RI

$124K

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#41

DR. MICHAEL STANCHINA

Pulmonary Disease

EAST GREENWICH, RI

$125K

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#40

DR. MORRIS P ELEVADO

Gastroenterology

CRANSTON, RI

$127K

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#39

DR. STEPHEN F SCHIFF

Urology

PROVIDENCE, RI

$127K

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#38

DR. THOMAS J MYERS

Medical Oncology

CUMBERLAND, RI

$130K

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#37

DR. NIKHIL S KARANTH

Internal Medicine

WOONSOCKET, RI

$147K

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#36

DR. CHRISTOPHER T BORN

Orthopedic Trauma

PROVIDENCE, RI

$147K

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#35

DR. IBRAHIM A ELGABRY

Cardiovascular Disease

WOONSOCKET, RI

$147K

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#34

DR. DENNIS J AUMENTADO

Neurology

WOONSOCKET, RI

$154K

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#33

DR. NORMAN M GORDON

Neurology, RI

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI

$159K

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#32

DR. GERALD A COLVIN

Hematology & Oncology

WAKEFIELD, RI

$162K

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#31

DR. RITESH RATHORE

Hematology & Oncology

PROVIDENCE, RI

$164K

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#30

DR. NITHIN S KARANTH

Gastroenterology

WOONSOCKET, RI

$173K

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#29

DR. JAMES E GREER

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

PROVIDENCE, RI

$181K

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#28

DR. IOANA R PRESTON

Critical Care Medicine

PROVIDENCE, RI

$181K

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#27

DR. JOHN CZERWEIN

Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine

JOHNSTON, RI

$188K

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#26

DR. ALBERT J MARANO

Neurology

JOHNSTON, RI

$190K

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#25

DR. NICHOLAS S HILL

Pulmonary Disease

BOSTON, MA

$195K

* Note: This physician had a Rhode Island practice address when the most recent payments were reported.

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#24

DR. ROBERT J DOBRZYNSKI

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

PROVIDENCE, RI

$218K

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#23

DR. EDWARD AKELMAN

Hand Surgery

PROVIDENCE, RI

$226K

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#22

DR. PAUL A AKERMAN

Gastroenterology

PROVIDENCE, RI

$229K

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#21

DR. JERROLD N ROSENBERG

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

PROVIDENCE, RI

$239K

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#20

DR. EDWARD V REARDON

Rheumatology

WARWICK, RI

$259K

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#19

DR. DAVID J CALDARELLA

Podiatrist, Primary Podiatric Medicine

WARWICK, RI 

$262K

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#18

DR. SAMIR A SHAH

Gastroenterology

PROVIDENCE, RI

$263K

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#17

DR. DAVID R TOMLINSON

Hospitalist

WAKEFIELD, RI

$267K

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#16

DR. THOMAS E SEPE

Gastroenterology

PROVIDENCE, RI

$288K

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#15

DR. JOSEPH F LOWNEY

Gastroenterology

WARWICK, RI

$303K

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#14

DR. ROBERT C MARCHAND

Orthopedic Surgery

WAKEFIELD, RI

$323K

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#13

DR. ROBERT J BIERWIRTH

Hepatology

CRANSTON, RI

$325K

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#12

DR. LAWRENCE W LEE

Orthopedic Surgery

PROVIDENCE, RI

$332K

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#11

DR. ANTHONY E MEGA

Hematology & Oncology

PROVIDENCE, RI

$368K

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#10

DR. JOSEPH RENZULLI

Urology

PROVIDENCE, RI

$369K

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#9

DR. RUSSELL A SETTIPANE

Allergy & Immunology

PROVIDENCE, RI

$409K

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#8

DR. ARNOLD-PETER C WEISS

Hand Surgery

PROVIDENCE, RI

$428K

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#7

DR. CHRISTOPHER W DIGIOVANNI

Foot and Ankle Surgery

PROVIDENCE, RI

$444K

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#6

DR. JOHN D EASTON

Neurology

PROVIDENCE, RI

$453K

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#5

DR. ELLEN H FRANKEL

Procedural Dermatology

CRANSTON, RI

$480K

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#4

DR. SYED H RIZVI

Internal Medicine

PROVIDENCE, RI

$579K

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#3

DR. WARREN A ONG

Psychiatry

JOHNSTON, RI

$583K

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#2

DR. ANDREW GREEN

Sports Medicine

PROVIDENCE, RI

$733K

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#1

DR. MICHAEL P BRADLEY

Orthopedic Surgery

WAKEFIELD, RI

$771K

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