Doctor At Heart Of Stent Scandal Wants To Sue Former Employer

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—Legal limbo.  A judge will soon decide if a Maryland hospital will face a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The plaintiff is Dr. Mark Midei, an embattled cardiologist at the center of the stent scandal.

Adam May sat through hours of arguments.

On Wednesday, St. Joseph Medical Center wanted the case thrown out of court.  Midei’s legal team accuses the hospital of defamation and fraud.

Midei was one of the nation’s top cardiologists.He walked into court fighting to repair his reputation. He wants to sue his former employer, St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, for $60 million.

“They’ve clearly decimated his life financially and emotionally.  And this would be an opportunity to address those issues,” said Midei’s attorney, Steven Snyder.

The trouble started in 2009 when more than 500 of Midei’s patients got a letter from St. Joseph.  It warned them they have received a stent surgery even though they didn’t have seriously clogged arteries.

Some of the patients spoke to WJZ.

“It just doesn’t seem right, doesn’t seem right,” said one patient.

Around the same time, the hospital agreed to pay the federal government a $22 million fine for allegations they were part of an illegal billing scheme.

Midei’s legal team claims the stent scandal was blown out of proportion in a public relations ploy.

“He was made a scapegoat for St. Joe, who was under significant federal inquiry for misconduct that could have led to Medicaid defunding and punitive damages,” Snyder said.

From day one,  Midei maintains he only treated patients who needed it.

“They were treated with the highest level of care,” Midei said.

An attorney for St. Joseph argued in court that Midei doesn’t have the right to sue them for defamation because he signed a release.

The judge said at least one of the allegations against St. Joe “disturbed the court.”

His ruling on the future of the lawsuit could come any day.

Midei and St. Joseph Medical Center are also facing a number of civil lawsuits from patients.

  • RustysChaos

    St Joseph would like to say they have nothing to do with this case. St Joseph is guilty up to their A$$ in this stuff. If you have a cardioligist ask him who he would recommend to perform a stent procedure? Your local trial attorney?

  • WilliamZRogers

    Usually, with most insurance today, the amount the insurer pays the docs is already agreed upon. If you have insurance B, then it doesn’t matter which doctor you go to, insurance B will pay the same. Only thing you can shop around is the health insurance check “Penny Health” for health insurance ideas to save money.

  • Eileen

    My heart and support go out to Dr. Midei. He was most definitely thrown under the bus by the hospital. Having worked there I know the hospital is not a pure lily

  • MC

    The doctors who work in hospitals are not employed by the hospital. They are employeed by the insurance companies and companies that own the hospital…in this case CHI, or Catholic Health Initiatives. The hospital itself has nothing to do with the actions of the doctor. The doctor is allowed to perfrom procedures and take up residence at the hospital for a fee. Its BS that this doctor is suing the hospital. He should be suing the insurance companies if anyone. The incurance companies claim you have to have 70% blockage to perform a stint. MI’s can occur with as little as 45% blockage. If I were a patient I would want my blockage cleared at 55% by this doc. Absolutely ridiculous to blame St. Joseph’s.

  • john russell

    Dr Midei is a fantastic cardiologist! i used to work at st joes and have seen his work. i watched him save my own aunts life when she was having a bad heart attack. He was the best cardiologist in Maryland before all the allegations. I still dont beleive that he did anything that wasnt in the best interest of his patients. Seems st joes needed a fall guy….too bad it was such a great doctor they hung out to dry. I hope Mark wins his suit because he is getting the shaft in this whole fiasco and he doesnt deserve this. I also hope he will get reinstated and be able to practice again as well.

  • Har Tatack

    At the HEART of the stent scandal. I get it!

  • Bj

    Dr. Midei is a gifted and wonderful Interventional Cardiologist…..he should never have been treated the way he was and still is…somebody needs to look into the old MidAtlantic group they had an ax to grind…the other people that St Joe’s should have “thrown under the bus or better yet off a cliff” we’re the 3people that were “running” st joes at the time ,

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