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May 27, 2010

Romoff’s $5.16 million highest pay at UPMC

RomoffJeffrey2010UPMC president and CEO Jeffrey A. Romoff topped the list of the health care system’s highest-paid employees in 2008. In an annual federal form 990 tax filing required of non-profit organizations, Romoff’s compensation was reported as $5,161,334. That amount included $923,677 in base compensation, $3.733 million in bonus and incentive compensation, $54,772 in other reportable compensation, $428,214 in deferred compensation and $21,671 in nontaxable benefits.

The form 990 filings released this month are based on the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2009, but, under new IRS requirements, the associated compensation figures are reported for calendar year 2008.

Although it was not required, UPMC also disclosed Romoff’s calendar year 2009 cash compensation (excluding deferred compensation and nontaxable benefits) as $3.563 million, a 24.4 percent decline from the $4.711 million reported for 2008 in the latest 990 filing. The amount reflects cuts for UPMC leaders announced in March 2009.

In its IRS reporting, UPMC provides one form 990 for the UPMC parent organization and a consolidated form 990 for the UPMC Group, which includes 37 UPMC tax-exempt entities as well as the parent organization. UPMC’s current IRS 990 filings can be found at by clicking on “About UPMC” then “Financial Information.”

UPMC reported that 2,838 employees earned more than $100,000 in reportable compensation from the organization. The health care system employs 50,000 people in 20 hospitals and 400 outpatient sites, doctor’s offices and retirement/long-term care facilities.

Filers of form 990 are instructed to list the compensation for all of their organization’s current officers, directors, trustees and key employees, regardless of the amount paid.

They also must list the five current highest-compensated employees (other than an officer, director, trustee or key employee) who received more than $100,000 in reportable compensation from the organization or any related organization.

Former officers, key employees and highest compensated employees who received more than $100,000 in reportable compensation from the organization or related organizations also must be listed, as must any former directors or trustees who received, in the capacity of director or trustee, more than $10,000 in reportable compensation from the organization or related organizations.

Highest-paid non-officers

Five physicians were listed as UPMC’s highest-paid employees (excluding officers, directors and trustees). Compensation includes base compensation, bonus and incentive compensation, other reportable compensation, deferred compensation and nontaxable benefits. They were:

Neurosurgeon Ghassan Bejjani — $1,798,324.

Neurosurgeon Adnan Abla —  $1,619,905.

Plastic surgeon Dinakar Golla — $1,182,334.

Neurosurgeon Michael B. Horowitz — $1,178,806.

Neurosurgeon Richard Marc Spiro — $1,108,145.

Leaders and key employees

In addition to Romoff, among the leaders and key employees included in the UPMC filing were:

Charles E. Bogosta, UPMC executive vice presidentand president, International and Commercial Services Division — $969,563 plus $122,902 from related entities.

Robert J. Cindrich, UPMC senior vice president and chief legal officer — $1,869,358.

Elizabeth B. Concordia, UPMC executive vice president and president, Hospital and Community Services Division — $2,138,615.

Sandra N. Danoff, UPMC senior vice president and chief communications officer — $977,021.

Robert A. DeMichiei, UPMC senior vice president and chief financial officer — $1,244,101.

Daniel Drawbaugh, UPMC senior vice president and chief information officer — $1,334,648.

David M. Farner, UPMC senior vice president and chief of staff in the Office of the President  — $1,252,485.

C. Talbot Heppenstall Jr., UPMC senior vice president and treasurer — $978,110.

Diane P. Holder, UPMC executive vice president; president, UPMC Insurance Services Division, and president and CEO, UPMC Health Plan — $1,485,039 (all from related entities).

Michele P. Jegasothy, UPMC corporate secretary and associate counsel — $243,099.

Scott M. Lammie, chief financial officer, UPMC Health Plan, and senior vice president, UPMC Insurance Services Division — $948,098 (all from related entities).

Holly Lorenz, UPMC vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer — $349,805.

Gregory K. Peaslee, UPMC senior vice president and chief human resources and administrative services officer — $1,133,359.

Claudia M. Roth, UPMC vice president of behavioral health and CEO, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic — $595,687

James Szilagy, UPMC chief supply chain officer — $545,578.

Pamela Triolo, former UPMC chief nursing officer — $478,388.

Marshall W. Webster, UPMC executive vice president and chief medical officer and president, Physician Services Division —  $1,360,577 plus $153,823 from related organizations.


The UPMC filing included compensation by the University of Pittsburgh Physicians faculty-physician partnership. UPP member physicians also were Pitt faculty. Among those reported on the UPMC 990 were:

Derek Angus, critical care medicine — $442,317.

David Bartlett, surgery  — $622,329.

Timothy R. Billiar, surgery   — $640,107 plus $257,006 from related entities.

Marguerite Bonaventura, surgery — $310,419.

Margaretha Casselbrant, otolaryngology — $183,654.

Anita Courcoulas, surgery — $502,040.

Steven T. DeKosky, neurology — $250,264.

Louis D. Falo Jr., dermatology — $272,974.

Michael Finikiotis, medicine— $230,268.

Freddie H. Fu, orthopaedics — $889,268.

Joel S. Greenberger, radiation oncology — $429,541.

W. Allen Hogge, obstetrics/gynecology — $432,263.

Jonas T. Johnson, otolaryngology — $583,975.

Amin Bardai Kassam, neurosurgery — $2,083,328.

David J. Kupfer, psychiatry — $437,683.

Barry London, medicine — $385,512.

James Luketich, surgery — $1,441,719.

George K. Michalopoulos, pathology — $380,322.

Scott A. Mirowitz, radiology — $555,973.

Joel B. Nelson, urology  — $628,439.

Paul Mark Paris, emergency medicine — $281,063.

David Hirsch Perlmutter, pediatrics — $348,913.

Joel S. Schuman, ophthalmology — $413,110.

Steven Shapiro, medicine — $450,522.

Jeannette E. South-Paul, family medicine — $234,356.

Jules H. Sumkin, radiology — $437,415.

Ann Szell, chief financial officer, UPMC Physician Services Division — $387,718.

Evan Waxman, ophthalmology — $289,492.

Lawrence Wechsler, neurology — $322,081.

John P. Williams, anesthesiology — $440,798.

Independent contractors

UPMC also was required to report its five highest-paid independent contractors. Previously, nonprofits had to report compensation of the top five highest-paid independent contractors for professional services and the top five for other services. The new forms require independent contractor reporting from all form 990 filers, but now limit it to the five highest-paid contractors, regardless of the kind of services.

UPMC reported that a total of 160 independent contractors received more than $100,000 each in compensation in 2008. Combined, the top five received a total of more than $166 million.

They were:

General contractor Barton Malow/PJ Dick Joint Venture, Pittsburgh, $50,184,823.

General contractor PJ Dick Contracting, Pittsburgh, $48,015,257.

General contractor Hunt Construction Group, Indianapolis, $34,625,711.

Organ recovery services provider Center for Organ Recovery and Education, Pittsburgh, $17,106,140.

General contractor Mascaro Construction Co., Pittsburgh, $16,096,627.

—Kimberly K. Barlow

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