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Stent Medical Malpractice Matter Takes New Course

The saga involving Dr. Mark G. Midei continues, and we update readers here to keep them abreast of matters in this medical malpractice story that features an increasing amount of litigation surrounding allegations that stents were implanted into many hundreds of heart patients at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.

In June of last year, the Maryland Board of Physicians filed professional charges against Midei, stating that on hundreds of occasions he overestimated the arterial blockage in patients, inducing them to have unnecessary stent operations. The hospital revoked his privileges and informed patients of potential harm to them.

After remaining silent for many months, Midei announced at a press conference recently that he was wronged by the hospital and has filed a lawsuit against it that alleges fraud, invasion of his privacy, economic loss and emotional distress. The suit seeks $60 million in compensatory damages. That amount could conceivably go even higher, given that Midei also seeks punitive damages for future pain and suffering, reduction in quality of life, and lost wages.

Midei flatly denied allegations that he deceived patients, saying, "My true test of determining what is necessary and appropriate is the test: 'Do I want this for my mom or my dad?'"

Midei also asserted that St. Joseph's written letter/warning to many hundreds of ex-patients was based on its post-surgical review of an insufficient number of cases, and that the hospital had the advantage of seeing each case in hindsight.

"It's very disappointing to see review of my work in some instances five years later," Midei said, adding that he "had to make a judgment on the fly, at a patient's bedside."

The hospital did not respond to Midei's statements other than to note that it would "vigorously defend itself in this matter and believes the facts will support it."

Related Resource: www.explorebaltimorecounty.com "Midei files $60 million lawsuit against St. Joseph Hospital" October 21, 2010

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