Harsh Federal Sentence for Eastern Shore Doctor Who Stented Patients Unnecessarily

By Alan J. Belsky
on November 14, 2011

As reported in the Baltimore Sun last week, a Maryland cardiologist convicted criminally of implanting cardiac stents in his patients was sentenced to eight years in federal prison by United States District Court Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. Dr. John McLean was also convicted of falsifying patient records in connection with needless stents placed in patients while hospitalized at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. The conviction comes in the midst of a massive investigation and hundreds of civil claims now pending against Mark G. Midei, M.D. and St. Joseph's Medical Center for alleged improper stenting of approximately 600 patients.

Our firm is investigating claims on behalf of a handful of patients. All but one received a letter from the hospital advising that an "independent" review of their medical chart and films revealed a discrepancy between the amount of occlusion reported by Dr. Midei and the amount found upon subsequent review. Th letters essentially suggested that the stentings, according to their own second look, were unnecessary. Anecdotally, one of our clients heard the newsthat the hospital was sending letters to past patients,but he did not receive a during the first "round."Hisletter did not arrive until he requested an independent review of his chart many months after the "first wave" of letters were sent.

We are therefore encouraging any patient who underwent cardiac stenting at St Joseph to get their chart and films. You may request that the hospital re-review your films. You should retain your films and provide a copy to your cardiologist. No matter what the outcome, you should consult with attorneys to ensure against the possibility that you or your loved one was a recipient of an unnecessary medical procedure and medical device implantation.

The legal and medical implications of undergoing an unnecessary cardiac surgery are staggering. In addition to the serious health issues arising from the stenting and permanent placement of stents, the legal issues may involve negligence, battery, fraud, negligent supervision and oversight, conspiracy and other very serious legalviolations.

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