publication date: Apr. 17, 2015

MD Anderson Execs Get Big Raises In the Midst of Faculty Morale Woes

By Paul Goldberg


Two top administrators at MD Anderson Cancer Center, whose job responsibilities include maintaining harmony with the faculty, received substantial pay increases for having “excelled beyond expectation” and “effectively” directing the center’s clinical activities.

According to documents obtained by The Cancer Letter under the Texas Public Information Act, MD Anderson Provost Ethan Dmitrovsky and Physician-in-Chief Thomas Buchholz received $200,000 each in deferred compensation in 2015.

With incentive pay, supplemental annuity and deferred compensation included, the 2015 raise could boost Dmitrovsky’s total paycheck by as much as 22.9 percent compared to fiscal 2014. Buchholz’s compensation could increase by 31.4 percent.

In 2014, basic science faculty members received an incentive payment of $2,000. Incentive pay for clinical staff was calculated as a percentage of base pay linked to the amount of their work in clinical operations and other factors, officials said. There was no merit raise in 2014, because MD Anderson didn’t meet the institutional financial goal required to trigger that merit pay, officials said.

In fiscal year 2015, faculty members received 4 percent merit raises, based on performance in the FY2014 fiscal year. The budget for fiscal 2016 includes a 3 percent merit increase for faculty as well as an incentive program, which is in the midst of being updated, according to slides presented to the center’s Budget Advisory Committee April 6. The document is posted here.

Dmitrovsky’s base salary will jump from $788,700 to $805,000 and Buchholz’s will increase from $783,600 to $805,000. With incentive pay and other … Continue reading 41-15 MD Anderson Execs Get Big Raises In the Midst of Faculty Morale Woes

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