Dollars for Docs: Talk With Your Doctor

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ProPublica's Dollars for Docs database lets you search for payments to U.S.-based doctors made by pharmaceutical and medical device companies between August 2013 and December 2016. The disclosure of these payments is required under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.


About This Information

  • The information that appears here comes directly from the federal government. Companies must attest to its accuracy and doctors have the ability to contest information they believe is in error.
  • This site includes payments for such activities as speaking, consulting, meals, travel and royalties. It does not include payments for clinical research.
  • It is legal for companies to make payments to doctors as long as the payments are not a kickback or inducement to use their products.
  • Some doctors say collaborative relationships, particularly those involving research, are necessary to develop new treatments and cures. But many ethicists have raised questions about the payments, and studies show that they may influence doctors' prescribing decisions.
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Preparing for Your Conversation

If you decide you'd like to talk to your doctor about this, please keep in mind:

  • Many healthcare professionals in our database have similar names, so you should start by asking your doctor if the person mentioned in this payment record is really him/her.
  • Your doctor may not know he or she is listed as receiving payments, especially if the payments are small. You can direct your doctor to this site (the URL will be printed at the top of the payment record) or directly to the government's site here: https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/physician/127665
  • Some doctors are happy to discuss this information with you. Others might not be. The best approach is to ask questions and to <strong>not</strong> be accusatory.

Questions You Might Want to Ask

  • Is this you?
  • What type of work do you do with these companies?
  • Have you prescribed me any drugs that are manufactured by companies you've taken payments from?
  • Are there non-drug alternatives that I may want to consider first?
  • Are there less expensive generic alternatives to the drugs you have prescribed?
  • What devices have you used in my care that are manufactured by companies you've taken payments from?

Dollars for Docs: Talk With Your Doctor

https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/doctors/pid/127665
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

ANTONIO DE SALLES

Listed Specialty: Neurological Surgery
300 MEDICAL PLAZA, #200, LOS ANGELES, CA, 90095-0001

Payments: At a Glance

51

payments

$46,420

payment total

4

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Travel and Lodging
35 $21,984
Promotional Speaking/Other
6 $16,000
Accredited Training
3 $4,064
Honoraria
2 $4,000
Food and Beverage
5 $373

Drugs & Devices

Totals listed below account for all payments from August 2013 to December 2016 that mention this product. If a payment record mentions more than one product, the entire value will be included in each of those products. When no products are listed, they are not included in the list below.

Product Name Product Type Payments
SURGICAL PLANNING AND NAVIGATION RADIATION TREATMENT PLANNING AND POSITIONING

device

$25,855
LINEAR ACCELERATOR COMPONENTS

device

$7,081
KICK, AIRO, CURVE, BUZZ, NODE, EXACT TRAC, NOVALIS, TRAMACAD, ELEMENTS

device

$4,793
VNS (VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION) THERAPY

device

$1,988
OTHER

device

$621
NEURO

device

$83
† May not add up to dollar total at top of page, since a payment record may not be associated with any product or can be associated with several products.

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Oct 2, 2015 $6,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Jul 22, 2015 $3,948

LINEAR ACCELERATOR COMPONENTS Travel and Lodging Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Jul 23, 2015 $3,133

LINEAR ACCELERATOR COMPONENTS Travel and Lodging Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Jan 22, 2015 $2,700

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Travel and Lodging Brainlab, Inc.
Mar 21, 2014 $2,589

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Travel and Lodging Brainlab, Inc.
Sep 9, 2014 $2,000

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Promotional Speaking/Other Brainlab, Inc.
Nov 4, 2016 $2,000

Kick, Airo, Curve, Buzz, Node, Exact Trac, Novalis, TramaCad, Elements Honoraria Brainlab, Inc.
Nov 4, 2016 $2,000

Kick, Airo, Curve, Buzz, Node, Exact Trac, Novalis, TramaCad, Elements Honoraria Brainlab, Inc.
Nov 4, 2013 $2,000

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Accredited Training Brainlab, Inc.
Jan 22, 2015 $2,000

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Promotional Speaking/Other Brainlab, Inc.
Aug 12, 2013 $2,000

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Accredited Training Brainlab, Inc.
Jun 25, 2014 $2,000

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Promotional Speaking/Other Brainlab, Inc.
Mar 31, 2014 $2,000

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Promotional Speaking/Other Brainlab, Inc.
May 21, 2014 $2,000

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Promotional Speaking/Other Brainlab, Inc.
Oct 24, 2014 $1,612

VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulation) THERAPY Travel and Lodging Cyberonics, Inc.
Nov 30, 2013 $1,414

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Travel and Lodging Brainlab, Inc.
Nov 8, 2016 $733

Kick, Airo, Curve, Buzz, Node, Exact Trac, Novalis, TramaCad, Elements Travel and Lodging Brainlab, Inc.
Oct 26, 2014 $621

OTHER Travel and Lodging Cyberonics, Inc.
Jun 13, 2014 $533

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Travel and Lodging Brainlab, Inc.
May 31, 2014 $417

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Travel and Lodging Brainlab, Inc.
Feb 20, 2015 $364

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Travel and Lodging Brainlab, Inc.

For ease of printing, 20 payments are displayed, the largest appearing on top. For a full list of payments, please visit: https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/doctors/pid/127665

Note: We have made some effort to normalize the data and eliminate duplicates, but data is primarily as it has been reported by the companies to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To purchase the normalized data, please visit the ProPublica Data Store. If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected].