In a move Harvard University should consider in connection with Joseph Biederman, Washington University has rid itself of a professor so deeply compromised in his research ethics as to do terrible damage to the school’s reputation as long as he remains on the faculty.
… [F]our former colleagues [accuse Kuklo of] falsifying research on a bone-growth product made by Medtronic that was used on severely injured soldiers. He was also accused of forging the other doctors’ signatures when he submitted a research report to a medical journal last year.
The Army, which investigated the matter, issued a report rebuking him. It took no further disciplinary action, Army officials said, because Dr. Kuklo is now retired from the military. But Walter Reed notified Washington University of its findings five months ago.
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, a British publication, retracted Dr. Kuklo’s article in March after receiving a report of the investigation from the Army. But the episode largely escaped public notice until last week.
This week, a Republican senator, Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, sent letters seeking more information about Dr. Kuklo from Walter Reed, Washington University, two medical journals and Medtronic.
Dr. Kuklo has been a consultant to Medtronic…
Kuklo’s silence in the face of all of this has been as total as the silence of the pretend soldiers he enlisted in his study. He won’t talk to anyone. UD guesses he refused to talk to Washington University too, and that this persuaded the university of his guilt – or at least so pissed it off that it booted him out.