Don’t miss today’s orthopaedist-industry symposium

Don’t miss today’s orthopaedist-industry symposium

The U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the relationships between medical device manufacturers and orthopaedic surgeons continues. AAOS members will have a unique opportunity to hear the government’s perspective on the issue at today’s symposium on “The Orthopaedic Surgeon and Industry Relationship: Conflict versus Collaboration.”

The symposium, which will be moderated by Joseph C. McCarthy, MD, and Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, is designed to explore the current environment regarding conflict of interest between surgeons and industry from various perspectives. Audience members will have the opportunity to weigh in on the issues and provide immediate feedback using the audience response system.

Six perspectives on the issue will be presented. Lawrence Dorr, MD, will provide the perspective of a clinician innovator; Dr. Weinstein brings the academic researcher’s viewpoint; and Richard F. Kyle, MD, AAOS president, will outline the Academy’s stance. In addition, Christopher L. White, JD, general counsel for the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the medical device industry group, and Ned Lipes, executive vice president of Stryker Corp., will represent industry’s perspectives.

Kathleen (Katie) McDermott, JD, a former assistant US attorney, will comment on the government’s perspective. Ms. McDermott has been called one of the top attorneys in Washington, D.C., for her handling of whistleblower cases and government disclosures. She has been involved in enforcement and compliance issues for 15 years and is currently a partner in Blank Rome, a national law firm, representing health industry companies, healthcare providers and payers, and government contractors in government investigations, internal corporate investigations, compliance counseling, and healthcare business litigation. Ms. McDermott is a recipient of the HHS Inspector General’s Integrity Award and has served on numerous government enforcement policy committees, including the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee for Health Care Fraud and the FBI Health Care Fraud Working Group.

It’s a session you won’t want to at 1:30 p.m. in Room 6CF of the San Diego Convention Center.

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