Apparently, many specialists at private universities earn more than university presidents, including, you guessed it, your friendly reproductive endocrinologist.
From Sunday's New York Times:
"Generally, fertility doctors are among the highest paid. At Cornell, Dr. Zev Rosenwaks of the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility received $3,149,376, and at New York University, Dr. James A. Grifo, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was paid $2,393,646. Both substantially out-earned their presidents."
Now, I'm torn when I read this. I love my repro-endo doc (who is neither Jamie Grifo nor Zev Rosenwaks, just for the record). I think he is extremely talented (although so far, not so successful with me). And I know he has spent years and years honing his expertise. I get that. And I want him to be well compensated.
But it raises the sticky question of whether reproductive endocrinology is primarily a for-profit business or a medical speciality. What is the mission of these practices, and is it congruent with that of the hospitals in which these departments are housed? Based on these salaries, I am willing to bet my left ovary that RE departments are among the biggest money makers in many university hospitals. And I suppose there should be some recognition of that in the form of compensation.
I suppose. But this seems just a wee tad out of control to me. Especially since these treatments are quite difficult for many to afford. Is the high price of IVF based on what these procedures reasonably cost or on what the market will bear? And if it is the latter, is that ethical?
What say you, fellow infertiles? Is there a problem with high compensation for REs? Why does it bother you, or not?