5 Cardiologists at OSU's Wexner Medical Center Received $1M Bonuses Last Year

Five cardiac electrophysiologists within the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, received bonuses last year of more than $1 million each, according to a Dayton Daily News report.

Steven Kalbfleisch, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine and medical director of cardiac electrophysiology at Wexner Medical Center, received the largest bonus at roughly $1.4 million. His total compensation in 2011 topped $2 million, which made Dr. Kalbfleisch the second-highest paid employee at the university. Thad Matta, Ohio State's men's basketball coach, was the highest-paid employee with compensation reaching $2.2 million.

OSU officials said the bonuses were justified because the medical school is self-funded and doesn't take funds from taxes or tuition. "These five physicians [who top the list] were hired five years ago to build a nationally respected program in cardiac electrophysiology," OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said in the report. "Today, that program is the largest in the state and treats patients from throughout a multistate region."

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