TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—A legal defeat for the Towson cardiologist accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary stent procedures.

A Baltimore County judge denies Mark Midei’s appeal to have his medical license reinstated.

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According to WJZ’s media partner The Baltimore Sun, the judge is upholding an earlier decision by the Maryland Board of Physicians.

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The board ruled that Midei falsified patient records to justify the placement of unnecessary heart stents.

The board says Midei’s medical license cannot be reinstated for at least two years.

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Midei is also facing hundreds of civil lawsuits from former patients.