In a 6-7 year period, Dr. Wang failed to notify the state and the medical school that he was receiving consulting payments, stock options and royalties from the five aforementioned companies. Whether Dr. Wang is entitled to compensation is not an issue. The failure to report these relationships is a violation of university guidelines. Therein "lies" the problem.
The SpineBlogger has raised this question in a previous blogs, how does an intelligent and successful surgeon continue to exhibit a pattern of failing to abide by the disclosure rules of the state and university. One can argue that in a free-market Dr. Wang is entitled to earn whatever the industry affords him for his services. Unfortunately, as an employee of UCLA he is held to a different standard as an employee of the University. The bottom line is that as an employee the University owns his mind. At this juncture the University is considering other sanctions.
Dr. Wang has established a stellar reputation in our industry. Maybe, its time he start thinking about private practice. Maybe now some people are beginning to understand why our industry is being scrutinized under the watchful eye of the DOJ, the SpineBlogger wants to know what you think?