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Stent-case jury finds malpractice by Midei

A Baltimore County jury has found former cardiologist Mark Midei unnecessarily implanted stents into a patient.

The jury’s verdict in favor of Glenn L. Weinberg on the medical malpractice count of his lawsuit came following a 14-day trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court. The jury will return next week to decide on Weinberg’s allegations of fraud and conspiracy against Midei and the former St. Joseph Medical Center, where Midei worked.

The split verdict is the result of a Court of Appeals’ decision in March, which held the bifurcation would help avoid unfair prejudice to the hospital and Midei in approximately 300 pending lawsuits over alleged unnecessary stents.

Judge Nancy M. Purpura placed a gag order on lawyers in the case at the start of the trial.

Weinberg is represented by Robert J. Weltchek of Weltchek, Mallahan & Weltchek LLC in Lutherville and Richard V. Falcon, William H. Murphy Jr. and Mary V. Koch of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy P.A. in Baltimore.

Midei is represented by J. Michael Sloneker, Gregory L. VanGeison and Danielle S. Dinsmore of Anderson, Coe & King LLP in Baltimore.

St. Joseph and former its parent company, Catholic Health Initiatives, are represented by 10 lawyers, including Andrew D. Levy of Brown Goldstein Levy LLP in Baltimore and Jeffrey J. Hines of Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann LLP.

Midei began working at St. Joseph in January 2008. The hospital began an investigation into Midei’s practices in 2009 and let him go that November.

The hospital, however, continued its investigation and sent more than 500 letters to affected patients in 2010. The stent-related litigation against drained St. Joseph financially — the hospital lost $3 million a month in revenue and experienced a drop in patient admissions beginning in 2009.

In the wake of the stent controversy, Midei lost his medical license in 2011. Catholic Health Initiatives sold the hospital to University of Maryland Medical System last year. The hospital is now called University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.

Catholic Health Initiatives, however, is still responsible for all pending legal actions against the hospital.

A separate malpractice lawsuit by 21 plaintiffs, Bowman et al. v. Midei et al., went to trial in Baltimore County on April 1 and settled for a confidential amount a month later.