Cardiac surgeon Eric Rose can hold his head up high: at $2.75 million his salary is the same as Mt Sinai’s top interventional cardiologist, Samin Sharma.  By moving from Columbia to Mt Sinai last fall, Rose apparently increased his compensation from a mere $2.2 million at Columbia. According to an article in Crain‘s, Rose brought $50 million in federal grants with him, so Mt Sinai may have found a bargain.

CardioBrief first sailed into the treacherous waters of physician compensation by summarizing an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of highest total compensation at private colleges for 2006-2007. The Chronicle article included the item that Columbia’s Jeffrey Moses $2.5 million salary was enough to put him in 8th place. We then posted a subsequent report after we received a message from Sharma informing us that his salary, at $2.75 million, placed him at the top of the heap of New York interventional cardiologists. (The Chronicle’s list was taken only from private colleges, so there may be other hospitals, foundations, and clinics with equally generous pay scales.) We also noted the high salaries, as reported on Charity Navigator, of New York City’s top cardiac surgeons, though the $2-2.2 million dollar range did not quite equal the level of Moses and Sharma.

Repeating our earlier offer, CardioBrief agrees to publish the salary of any cardiovascular specialist who makes more than $1 million.

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Larry Husten was the editor of TheHeart.Org from its inception in 1999 until December 2008. Before that he was a freelance medical journalist who wrote for The Lancet, The New York Times, Discover, and a large number of other medical and computer publications. In 1994-1995 he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. He received a PHD in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo and drove a taxicab in New York City before embarking on a career in medical journalism.