Former Cardiologist Dr. Mark Midei Says Hospital Politics Caused His Downfall

Mark Midei, MD, a former cardiologist accused of overstenting at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Towson, Md., recently provided his side of the story to The Baltimore Sun.

Dr. Midei's medical license was revoked in July after roughly 600 patients received letters from the hospital in Nov. 2009 that said their heart stents may have been unnecessary. He was forced to resign from St. Joseph's and has been sued by more than 200 former patients, including his neighbors and secretary. But in a lengthy interview, Dr. Midei said the politics of hospital competition is the real reason for his downfall.  

At one point, Dr. Midei alleges that Joseph's and MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates were both in fierce competition over him. Dr. Midei declined MidAtlantic's employment offer and chose St. Joseph's. MidAtlantic CEO  Hank Yurow then threated to sue Dr. Midei "into the Stone Age," according to the report. Less than a year after Dr. Midei joined St. Joseph in Jan. 2008, an anonymous complaint about Dr. Midei was filed with the Maryland Board of Physicians, according to the report.

Dr. Midei has also sued St. Joseph's, alleging the hospital made him a scapegoat to distract civil investigators who were probing a potential and separate kickback scheme between St. Joe's and MidAtlantic. A group of cardiac surgeons known as CSA filed that suit in 2004, claiming St. Joe's physicians would steer patients to MidAtlantic under false pretenses, such as saying CSA surgeons weren't available.

Dr. Midei is now residing in Ohio and considering opening a business consulting firm.

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