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.
  • Only you can decide if this matters to you and if so, whether you want to talk to your doctor about it. If you plan to talk with your doctor (or if you already have), please help us by filling out this short survey: <a href='https://propub.li/participate-d4d'>propub.li/participate-d4d</a>

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/447317
  • 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/447317
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

SEAN EDWARDS

Listed Specialty: Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
1500 EAST MEDICAL CENTER DR, MED INN ROOM C233A, ANN ARBOR, MI, 48109-5831

Payments: At a Glance

74

payments

$72,601

payment total

1

company paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
14 $60,371
Travel and Lodging
38 $10,952
Food and Beverage
22 $1,278

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
MAXFACE

device

$55,180
MEDPOR

device

$30,323
OTHER

device

$14,252
CUSTOM CRANIAL IMPLANT

device

$11,628
MANDIBULAR RECON

device

$1,719
PED MANDIBLE DISTRACTION

device

$1,337
UNIVERSAL MANDIBLE

device

$1,061
UNIVERSAL MID FACE

device

$677
VSP RECONSTRUCTION

device

$464
NAVIGATION

device

$65
† 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
Sep 22, 2016 $9,900

MAXFACE Consulting Stryker Corporation
Sep 19, 2013 $9,900

MAXFACE Consulting Stryker Corporation
Sep 25, 2014 $8,850

MAXFACE MEDPOR Consulting Stryker Corporation
Sep 17, 2015 $8,400

MAXFACE MEDPOR OTHER Consulting Stryker Corporation
Dec 8, 2016 $5,100

Custom Cranial Implant Medpor Consulting Stryker Corporation
Aug 20, 2015 $4,500

MAXFACE OTHER Consulting Stryker Corporation
Mar 31, 2016 $4,500

MAXFACE Consulting Stryker Corporation
Dec 8, 2016 $3,000

Custom Cranial Implant Medpor Consulting Stryker Corporation
Dec 8, 2016 $2,700

Custom Cranial Implant Consulting Stryker Corporation
Oct 2, 2014 $2,125

MAXFACE MEDPOR Consulting Stryker Corporation
Oct 25, 2016 $1,719

Mandibular Recon Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Jan 21, 2016 $1,257

MAXFACE MEDPOR OTHER Consulting Stryker Corporation
Jun 17, 2015 $1,221

MAXFACE Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Sep 14, 2016 $721

Ped Mandible Distraction Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Nov 10, 2016 $616

Ped Mandible Distraction Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Jan 22, 2016 $550

Universal Mandible Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Aug 15, 2013 $459

MAXFACE Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Aug 21, 2016 $437

MAXFACE Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Oct 19, 2016 $400

Custom Cranial Implant Medpor Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Jun 24, 2015 $329

MAXFACE Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Apr 6, 2016 $323

VSP Reconstruction Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation

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/447317

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].