Kuklo scandal spotlights DoD/Medtronic ties

Andrew Van Dam

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Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

In the wake of news of a falsified study published in a British bone and joint medicine journal by former Walter Reed Medical Center surgeon Timothy Kuklo, reported by The New York Times‘ Duff Wilson and Barry Meier, the Center for Public Integrity’s M.B. Pell, Aaron Mehta and Nick Schwellenbach have help paint a broader picture of Medtronic-funded travel at the Department of Defense. First, some background from Wilson and Meier:

The former Army surgeon, Dr. Timothy R. Kuklo, reported that a bone-growth product sold by Medtronic Inc. had much higher success in healing the shattered legs of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed than other doctors there had experienced, according to Colonel Coots and a summary of an Army investigation of the matter.

The two reporters mentioned that Kuklo indulged in privately funded travel, and the Center for Public Integrity helped put some numbers to the relationship, finding that “Between 2001 and 2006, Medtronic paid for at least 15 trips taken by Dr. Kuklo, worth more than $13,000.”

Kuklo isn’t the only one at DoD who benefited from being cozy with the folks at Medtronic, which “paid more than $90,000 for about 80 Defense Department trips from 1998 through 2007, according to the Office of Government Ethics data.”

2 thoughts on “Kuklo scandal spotlights DoD/Medtronic ties

  1. Lin

    Employment outside of the military requires approval from superiors. Apparently he did not have this. Also, Kuklo did not leave the military until March 2007, yet was full time at Wash University in Aug 2006. it is impossible to accrue enough military leave to cover this time span. The maximun consecutive days of leave possible is 90 days, thus if he retired March 1 07, the earliesy he could have left Walter Reed would have been Dec 2006.

    It appears he was AWOL and triple dipping (Army pay +Medtronic pay + Wash University pay) all at the same time. This all points to a very elaborate though out plan to make money – unethically. I wonder why this issue is not discussed

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