Intuitive Surgical Inc. Payments to Ob/Gyns Compared to Other Specialties: Analysis from 2014 Open Payments Database [4D]

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Study Objective: To determine the payments made to Obstetricians and Gynecologists (OBGYNs) compared to other surgical specialties by the makers of the Da Vinci robot-Intuitive Surgical, Inc. in 2014.


Design: Retrospective cross-sectional study (Canadian Task force classification- II-3).


Payments to OBGYNs in the United States compared to the total Intuitive Surgical payment amount in each state as analyzed from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)’ Open Payments website.


General OBGYNs, OBGYN subspecialists (Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecology), and providers in other specialties nationwide.


Compare Intuitive Surgical Inc. payments to OBGYNs versus other surgical specialties as analyzed from publicly available CMS Open Payments database.


A total of 50 states received money from Intuitive Surgical Inc. in 2014. Payments to general OBGYNs totaled $5,061,439, OBGYN subspecialties received $1,591,556, and other surgical specialties that use the Da Vinci platform received $33,011,657. Total payments per state can be represented in a map diagram. The state of Texas got the highest amount. Payments to OBGYNs divided by total payments in each state can be depicted in a similar fashion, Wyoming state had the highest value.


OBGYNs received a significant proportion of funding from Intuitive Surgical Inc. as compared to other surgical specialties in 2014. We recommend that OBGYNs update or declare any conflicts when required.

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