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May 26, 2011

Romoff repeats as UPMC’s top wage earner


Jeffrey Romoff

UPMC president and CEO Jeffrey A. Romoff again topped the list of the health care system’s highest-paid employees in 2009.

In an annual federal form 990 tax filing required of non-profit organizations, Romoff’s compensation was reported as $4,011,375. That amount included $959,617 in base compensation, $2,558,000 in bonus and incentive compensation, $46,209 in other reportable compensation, $418,196 in retirement and other deferred compensation and $29,353 in nontaxable benefits.

The form 990 filings released this month are based on the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010, but, under recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements, the associated compensation figures are reported for calendar year 2009.

In its IRS reporting, UPMC provides one form 990 for the UPMC parent organization and a consolidated form 990 for the UPMC Group. According to a UPMC spokesperson, the UPMC Group includes only those UPMC tax-exempt entities that fall under IRS requirements for filing, as well as financial information on the parent organization. UPMC’s current IRS 990 filings can be found at

UPMC reported that 2,820 employees earned more than $100,000 in reportable compensation from the organization.

Highest-paid non-officers

Five physicians were listed as UPMC’s highest-paid employees, excluding officers, directors and trustees. Compensation on UPMC’s 990 filing includes “reportable compensation from the organization,” and “estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations.”

The five were:

• Neurosurgeon Ghassan Bejjani — $2,336,905 in reportable compensation from the organization and $30,494 in estimated other compensation from the organization and related organizations.

• Neurosurgeon Richard Spiro — $2,213,088 in reportable compensation; $19,201 in estimated other compensation.

• Orthopaedic surgeon Mark Rodosky — $1,467,228 in reportable compensation; $23,348 in estimated other compensation.

• Neurosurgeon Adnan Abla —  $1,441,447 in reportable compensation; $96,888 in estimated other compensation.

• Cardiothoracic surgeon Victor Morell — $1,293,829 in reportable compensation; $23,671 in estimated other compensation.

Key employees

In addition to Romoff, those specified as current key employees included in the UPMC 990 filing were:

• Charles E. Bogosta, UPMC executive vice president and president, International and Commercial Services Division — $1,043,943.

• Robert J. Cindrich, UPMC senior vice president and chief legal officer — $1,466,920.

• Elizabeth B. Concordia, UPMC executive vice president — $1,882,185.

• Sandra N. Danoff, UPMC senior vice president and chief communications officer — $886,028.

• Daniel Drawbaugh, UPMC senior vice president and chief information officer — $1,279,741.

• David M. Farner, UPMC senior vice president and chief of staff — $1,159,761.

• C. Talbot Heppenstall Jr., UPMC senior vice president and treasurer — $909,109.

• Diane P. Holder, UPMC executive vice president — $1,316,374 (all from related entities).

• Gregory K. Peaslee, UPMC senior vice president and chief human resources and administrative services officer — $1,142,712.

• Marshall W. Webster, UPMC executive vice president —  $933,528 plus $131,447 from related organizations.

University of Pittsburgh Physicians (UPP)

The UPMC filing included compensation for members of the University of Pittsburgh Physicians faculty-physician partnership.

UPP member physicians also were Pitt faculty. Amounts listed represent pay for UPMC duties and do not include any University pay.

Compensation includes base compensation, bonus and incentive compensation, other reportable compensation, retirement and deferred compensation and nontaxable benefits.

Among those reported on the UPMC 990 form compensated by UPP were UPMC department and division administrators:

• Derek Angus, critical care medicine — $431,909.

• K. Ty Bae, diagnostic radiology — $171,668.

• Timothy R. Billiar, Division of General Surgery — $694,060 plus $252,784 from related entities.

• Michael Boninger, physical medicine and rehabilitation — $165,473.

• Margaretha Casselbrant, pediatric otolaryngology— $264,545.

• Anita Courcoulas, trauma and general surgery — $472,802.

• Louis D. Falo Jr., dermatology — $290,477.

• Michael Finikiotis, general internal medicine — $259,978.

• Freddie H. Fu, orthopaedics — $988,977.

• Joel S. Greenberger, radiation oncology — $393,128.

• W. Allen Hogge, obstetrics/gynecology — $405,088.

• Jonas T. Johnson, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) — $669,875.

• David J. Kupfer, psychiatry — $398,462 (retired October 2009).

• David A. Lewis, psychiatry — $201,462.

• Barry London, medicine/cardiology — $380,497.

• James Luketich, cardiothoracic surgery — $1,962,177.

• George K. Michalopoulos, pathology — $338,125.

• Joel B. Nelson, urology  — $614,787.

• David Hirsch Perlmutter, pediatrics — $308,762.

• Joel S. Schuman, ophthalmology — $415,164.

• Steven Shapiro, medicine — $415,224.

• Jeannette E. South-Paul, family medicine — $201,058.

• Jules H. Sumkin, clinical radiology (Magee-Womens Hospital) — $631,307.

• Evan Waxman, ophthalmology — $288,619.

• Lawrence Weschler, neurology — $418,970.

• John P. Williams, anesthesiology — $423,188.

• Donald Yealy, emergency medicine — $309,035.

Independent contractors

UPMC also was required to report its five highest-paid independent contractors, regardless of the kind of services.

They were:

• General contractor PJ Dick Contracting, Pittsburgh — $35,688,196.

• General contractor MBM Contracting, Pittsburgh —  $20,227,397.

• General contractor Massaro Corp., Pittsburgh — $17,715,288.

• Organ recovery services provider Center for Organ Recovery and Education, Pittsburgh — $16,717,032.

• General contractor Bridges Construction, Pittsburgh — $11,836,464.

UPMC also reported that a total of 219 independent contractors received more than $100,000 each in compensation in 2009. Combined, the top five received a total of more than $102 million.

—Peter Hart

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