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University of Minnesota surgeon's deals with Medtronic draw fire

Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 29, 2009

A top spine surgeon at the University of Minnesota who has reaped more than $1 million consulting for Medtronic Inc. is facing questions from a U.S. senator investigating financial conflicts in medicine. In a July 24 letter, Sen. Charles Grassley also asks the university questions about how it monitors potential conflicts of interest involving medical school doctors who receive consulting payments from medical device companies.