The American Medical Association paid about $2.6 million in compensation, benefits and expenses to its top executive, former presidents and members of its governing board of trustees in 2002, according to the annual tax return that not-for-profit organizations are required to file with the Internal Revenue Service.
Michael Maves, the executive vice president of the AMA and its top administrative official, was paid a base salary of $461,186 in the 2002 calendar year, according to the annual Form 990, which the AMA filed in mid-November. He also received about $18,500 in contributions to an employee benefit plan and approximately $23,000 in expenses, bringing his total compensation to $503,686.
The AMA declined to comment on Maves' compensation.
It was the first time the AMA has made Maves' compensation public. The association has declined to release any information on his salary since he took over the top job in December 2001.
Maves' predecessor, E. Ratcliffe Anderson Jr., who was dismissed in June 2001 after filing a lawsuit against the Chicago-based doctors' group, earned about $515,000 in annual salary and approximately $145,000 in other benefits and perquisites, including a country club membership, bringing his total compensation to $660,000. The AMA did not disclose any additional benefits for Maves in the Form 990.
About two dozen trustees and top elected officials received about $2.1 million in stipends and per-diem payments to take part in official AMA activities, including board meetings, the report said. It showed that former President Yank Coble Jr. received the highest payment other than Maves in 2002-$230,000 in base salary and about $12,300 in expenses.