University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose payments to employed physicians of $5,000 or more from companies with which the physicians interact as part of their professional activities. These physician-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their physicians about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.
UH physicians seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, physicians report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.
View UH’s policy (PDF) on physician-industry relationships.
If you have any questions about this information, please speak with your physician or contact the UH Office of Outside Interests at OutsideInterests@UHhospitals.org.