Judge Dismisses Cardiologist's Defamation Suit Against St. Joseph's in Maryland

The defamation lawsuit filed by cardiologist Mark Midei, MD, against St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Md., has been dismissed by a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge, according to a Baltimore Sun report.

Dr. Midei's suit stemmed from allegations, beginning in 2009, that he implanted hundreds of unnecessary stents into patients. He has since lost his medical license and faces more than 200 lawsuits filed by patients. Dr. Midei's attorney claimed the hospital scapegoated the physician for its reputational and financial turmoil, and the defamation suit sought $60 million for each of its four counts.

An opinion by Judge Mickey Norman was not available, according to the report, but electronic court records showed the case had been dismissed. Attorneys for Dr. Midei, St. Joseph and the hospital's parent company, Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, declined comment in the news report until they had read the judge's ruling.

When news of Dr. Midei's filing broke in March, attorneys for St. Joseph Medical Center said the suit was null due to a release Dr. Midei signed in November 2009, which absolved the hospital from responsibility for any consequences of his activity at the hospital.

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