A Baltimore county judge has rejected former St. Joseph Medical Center Chief Cardiologist Mark G. Midei’s bid to get his Maryland medical license back.
The State Board of Physicians revoked Midei’s license in July after concluding he had engaged in unprofessional conduct, willfully made a false medical report, grossly overutilized health care services, violated the standard of care and failed to keep adequate medical records. The board said Midei had “implanted cardiac stents unnecessarily in four of the five patients in question. In every one of the patients, he falsified the extent of blockage of the patients’ coronary arteries by reporting that it was 80 percent when it was in reality much lower — and in most cases much lower.”
On Monday, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Susan Souder rejected Midei’s appeal of the board’s decision. She heard arguments on Midei’s appeal in March.
Scott A. Snyder, an attorney for Midei, declined to comment on Souder’s decision but said he is in the process of reviewing it and that no decision has been made regarding a potential appeal. Snyder is with Snyder & Snyder in Pikesville.
Souder’s decision is the second judicial blow to Midei in as many months.
In April, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Mickey J. Norman dismissed a $60 million defamation suit Midei had filed against St. Joseph, alleging the Towson hospital had made him the fall guy to deflect attention from a Medicare fraud investigation.
St. Joseph agreed to a $22 million settlement with the federal government in November 2010.
Snyder & Snyder also represented Midei in litigation against the hospital.
Midei joined St. Joseph in 2008 and helped the hospital become nationally known for its cardiology work. However, the hospital suspended Midei in July 2009 amid allegations of unnecessary procedures.
In 2010, St. Joseph sent letters to nearly 600 of Midei’s patients, informing them they may have received unnecessary stents, which open coronary artery blockages. Hundreds of patients responded by suing Midei and the medical center for allegedly implanting unnecessary heart stents.
Midei, in his lawsuit against the hospital, alleged that St. Joseph sent the letters “knowing with certainty they would result of the obliteration” of his career.
St. Joseph’s owner, Catholic Health Initiatives Inc., has signed a letter of intent to sell the beleaguered hospital to the University of Maryland Medical System. The terms of the acquisition are under negotiation.