Investigation: 141 Patients Potentially Receive Unnecessary Stents at Pennsylvania Hospital

A review team has determined two cardiologists at Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg, Penn., implanted coronary stents in more than 141 patients who may not have needed them, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report.

Two teams of nationally recognized cardiologists determined 141 patients in 2010 may not have had enough arterial blockage to need a stent. Westmoreland is now reviewing the two physicians' 2009 cases and is expected to know these results by May.

The cardiologists in question are Ehab Morcos, MD, and George Bousamra, MD. Both voluntarily resigned their privileges at Westmoreland on Jan. 12 after being questioned on the results of an initial sample review of 2010 cases. Dr. Morcos and Dr. Bousamra performed more than 750 of the approximately 2,000 stent procedures performed at the hospital that year.

Read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report on stents at Westmoreland Hospital.

Read more about stent investigations:

- Maryland Legislators Consider Banning Physician Gifts Following Stent Investigations

- Stent Reps Disobeying Hospital Ban Linked to Questionable Implants

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