CHRONICLE’S TOP 10 LIST

The San Francisco Chronicle featured UC’s 10 highest-paid employees based on total compensation. What the newspaper failed to mention is that eight of the 10 are physicians actively engaged in providing clinical services. Some have substantial research funding as well. In addition to their regular annual set compensation rate, all receive bonus/incentive pay as a result of their clinical productivity, which is funded by professional fee income. The other two of the Top 10 are UC athletic coaches, who have built into their contracts significant performance-based bonuses.

Here is the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 10 with additional important background information to consider.

  1. Jeff Tedford, UC Berkeley football coach
    • In addition to base pay, bonuses are provided based on clearly outlined accomplishments
    • Accomplishments range from academic improvement of the football team to earning a bowl berth
    • Tedford was hired to rebuild the UC Berkeley football program. Among those urging his signing was the San Francisco Chronicle.
  2. Philip Leboit, UCSF
    • Full salary paid by professional fees; received state funding for a portion of salary scale rate in prior two years
    • Internationally renowned expert in the diagnostic pathology of the skin, and in research and teaching related to skin disorders
  3. Ronald Busuttil, UCLA
    • State funded compensation provides a portion of salary scale rate
    • Endowments (non-state funds) and professional fees fund balance of salary
    • Established UCLA's liver transplant program as one of the largest and most respected in the world and administers a department of surgery comprised of ten divisions, each of which has world-renowned programs
  4. Timothy McCalmont, UCSF
    • State funded compensation provides a portion of salary scale rate
    • Professional fees fund balance of salary
    • Internationally renowned expert in the diagnostic pathology of the skin, and in research and teaching related to disorders of the skin
  5. Tom Karl, UCSF
    • State funded compensation provides a portion of salary scale rate
    • Professional fees fund balance of salary
    • Internationally renowned pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon
  6. Jan Paul Muizelaar, UC Davis
    • State funded compensation, up to allowable salary scale rate plus state funded chair stipend for 04-05
    • Professional fees fund balance of salary
    • UCD's department of neuro-surgery has expanded clinical services in the Sacramento area over the last three years due to a shortage in neuro-surgeons available to provide trauma coverage. In addition to his other work, Dr. Muizelaar has increased his clinical activities in providing trauma on-call coverage during this period, with a corresponding increase in his professional fee income
  7. Ben Braun, UC Berkeley basketball coach
    • In addition to base pay, potential bonuses are provided based on clearly outlined accomplishments
    • During his tenure, Braun has directed the Bears to more postseason appearances and more postseason victories than any coach in school history, including four NCAA Tournament berths and an NIT championship in 1999
  8. Kim Kee, UC Davis
    • Full salary paid by professional fees; no state funds for three-year period
    • UCD's department of neuro-surgery has expanded clinical services in the Sacramento area over the last three years due to a shortage in neuro-surgeons available to provide trauma coverage. In addition to his other work, Dr. Kee has increased his clinical activities in providing trauma on-call coverage during this period, with a corresponding increase in his professional fee income.
  9. Robert Weinreb, UC San Diego
    • State funding provides a portion of salary scale rate
    • Contract & Grant and professional fees fund balance of salary
    • Acclaimed researcher and clinician in department of Ophthalmology; has been very successful in increasing grant support as well as clinical productivity during this period
  10. Khalil M. Tabsh, UCLA
    • Full salary paid by professional fees; no state funds for entire three-year period
    • Medical Director, Maternal Child Health & Services; a widely recognized leader in Maternal Fetal Medicine who specializes in taking care of high-risk patients at both the UCLA-Santa Monica Hospital and the UCLA Medical Center