SPORTS MEDICINE NORTH ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY PATIENT DISCLOSURE LETTER
Many of your surgeons have been active in their career with research and development of new implants and improved surgical instruments and techniques. As part of their work, they have worked under contracts with orthopaedic companies, providing consulting services on new products and input on research and development. In addition, many surgeons have given instructional lectures on implants and surgical techniques for other doctors and medical personnel. In return for this time and expertise, they have been paid a consulting fee. They receive no compensation from any companies for drugs or devices used in patient care.
Our office uses products from these companies in the care of patients, but also uses similar products from other implant manufacturers. We want to assure you that the selection of which product to use in your care – and the care of all of our patients – is based only on what is best for the patient, not on which company makes the product.
Our surgeons are members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, (AAOS) which holds its members to extremely high ethical standards to ensure that even the appearance of a conflict of interest does not jeopardize the trust that patients place in our doctors. Our surgeons may receive funding for ongoing research studies. They receive no direct compensation for any product used in patient care.
AAOS has adopted Standards of Professionalism that require orthopaedic surgeon members to identify and disclose potential conflicts of interest to their patients, the public, and colleagues. These Standards also clearly articulate how and under what circumstances AAOS members may work with and be compensated by industry, as well as the penalties for failure to comply. You can learn more about these Standards of Professionalism at the AAOS website: http://www.aaos.org/industryrelationships
It is important to our office that you are aware of these relationships with implant manufacturers, that our office puts the interests of patients first, and that we are available to answer any questions that you may have.
Dr. Ira Evans: Consultant for Mitek and J&J (Johnson & Johnson); research support staff and materials for J&J
Dr. Fehnel: Consultant and speaking arrangements for Mitek
Dr. Fu: Nothing to disclose
Dr. Karbassi Nothing to disclose
Dr. Mattheos: Nothing to disclose
Dr. Miller: Nothing to disclose
Dr. Mudgal: Nothing to disclose
Dr. Ozuna: Consultant and speaking arrangements for Orthofix, Lanx, Interventional Spine, Exactech, LDR, Olympus, Spineology,and Spinene & Winsel Spine Consultants; Royalties for Orthofix, Exactech, Osseus; Research Support staff/materials for Zimmer, Medtronic and Vertiflex.
Dr. Polansky: Consultant and speaking arrangements with Mitek.
Dr. Prokopis: Consultant for Gerson Lehman, Anika Therapeutics and Mitek.
Dr. Schwartz Nothing to disclose
Dr. Shore: Consultant for Spineology; Royalties for Alphatec; Research support staff/materials for Alphatec
Dr. Wu: Nothing to disclose
Dr. Uroskie: Speaking arrangements with Johnson & Johnson and Mitek.
Dr. Zoric: Consultant and speaking arrangements for Arthrex, Depuy Mitek and Smith and Nephew