Former Stanford Medicine pediatric surgeon Thomas Lassiter has received an impressive $7 million salary from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to a new study that found the salary was significantly higher than previous estimates.
Lassit was named to the U.S. Pediatric Physician Board in 2012 and has been credited with helping lead the development of new techniques in pediatric neurosurgery.
The NIH reported the salary, which Lassital was paid in December 2017, in a study published in the journal Pediatric Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
Laski’s compensation was almost twice the average for neurosurgeons in the NIH’s top 50 most highly paid jobs.
In addition to the salary from NIH, Lassita’s company, The Lassitas, also made a $2.6 million payment to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, according to the NIH.
The Lassesit has a clinical trial underway that will provide deaf patients with an app that can help them read and write using speech, Laskit told the New York Times in 2016.
“I’m really pleased to have received this honor, which I think is one of the most important things in our professional lives,” Lassiton said at the time.
“It’s really gratifying to be recognized for what I’ve done, and the impact I’ve had on children and parents.”
Lassiat said he believes the grant was for the Pediatric Neurology Department, where he spent more than three decades working.
“There’s a lot of research on neurodegenerative diseases and brain development, and my research has been very focused on this area,” Laskif told the Times.
“The Pediatric neurology department has been a really important area for me.”
The NIH did not respond to a request for comment.
A spokesperson for Lassitar’s employer, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, declined to comment.
In 2016, Lattit received the National Medal of Science from President Donald Trump.