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Baltimore cardiologist sued for implanting unnecessary stents

Numerous unnecessary surgeries may have been performed
Numerous unnecessary surgeries may have been performedAP Photo: Rob Carr

After a former patient filed a malpractice lawsuit against St. Joseph Medical Center and Dr. Mark Midei, controversy has continued to develop around the Towson hospital.

A former patient of Dr. Midei filed a complaint, lunching a federal investigation of similar stent procedures. The hospital review revealed that there were potentially hundreds of cases in which stents were unnecessarily placed in patients over the past several years.

According to the Baltimore Sun, 369 patients appear to have been given unnecessary stents. The medical center took a proactive approach in contacting these patients with letters informing them of the problem. Many of the patients agreed to the surgery under the impression that they had major arterial blockage, when in actuality, the blockage was minor.

It did not take long for area lawyers to start soliciting potential claimants for malpractice lawsuits. With hundreds of letters sent out by St. Joseph Medical Center to patients receiving stents, the likelihood of more and more individual lawsuits popping up is high.

Comments

  • Bob 4 years ago

    It would be interesting to know Dr. Midei's mortality rate for these unnecessary operations.

    It would also be interesting to know what, if anything, the Maryland Medical Board has done, or is doing, about his license to practice medicine.

    And it would be interesting to know why it took the hospital so long to figure out that the operations were unnecessary.

    The Examiner needs to follow-up on this story with more reporting.