Doctor accused of performing unnecessary stent procedures begins civil trial

A civil trial has begun for a Maryland cardiologist facing multiple lawsuits from patients alleging they were subjected to stent procedures that weren't ultimately needed. The Baltimore Sun reports that 21 plaintiffs are suing Dr. Mark Midei, who performed the procedures at St. Joseph Medical Center. The suits allege that the patients were left with a number of complications, that the hospital looked the other way and that Midei pursued an "excessive" number of the procedures to maximize his pay. His attorney counters that the stents were needed to save the patients' lives and that they ultimately made a difference for the better. Midei resigned from the hospital in 2009 and his medical license was revoked two years later, according to the story. Article

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