Three Stents Doctors Sued for Medical Malpractice in Maryland

Three Stents Doctors Sued for Medical Malpractice in MarylandMore claims of medical malpractice against Maryland cardiologist Mark G. Midei are extending allegations of unnecessary cardiac surgeries to three more physicians affiliated with St. Joseph Medical Center and Union Memorial Hospital.

According to the Baltimore Business Journal, a lawsuit has been filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court, alleging Dr. Kerry Prewitt and Medei unnecessarily implanted cardiac stents into Samuel Woolcock, while another complaint has been brought forth against Dr. John Wang and Dr. Kourosh Mastali, claiming the medical officials also unnecessarily implanted stents in John Bowers.

According to the National Library of Medicine, stents are tiny tubes that are placed in arteries, blood vessels or other bodily ducts to keep the structure open. In addition to other risks associated with medical devices, the risks of surgery, including bleeding and infection, are also present in such procedures.

The cases are among many others that have been filed by one area law firm that allege patients were misinformed about the severity of arterial blockages, and were urged to receive an operation that would widen blood vessels with mesh stents, according to the media outlet.

In 2010, St. Joseph notified more than 500 patients that their stent surgeries may have been unnecessary if they were performed between 2007 and 2009, but the latest accusations extend earlier than this period.

Now, many health and law experts are wondering if similar cases may extend to other local cardiologists and hospital. Cases are filling pipelines across the country, including one doctor who was criminally convicted of healthcare fraud in July for stent surgery that was determined to be unnecessary.

Woolcock's lawsuit claims he was admitted to St. Joseph twice in September 2005 to receive cardiac catheterizations, which entails inserting a catheter into blood vessels to investigate blockages. The lawsuit claims the catheters found 80 percent to 90 percent blockage, with stents recommended at 70 percent blockage.

However, Woolcock claims to be "one of the hundreds of patients that were victims of a conspiracy," while other complaints allege the results of the blockage investigations were exaggerated.

In Bowers' case, the lawsuit alleges he visited Wang in August 2005 and was implanted with unnecessary stents. The lawsuit was filed in the health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office, which acts as a clearing house for medmal lawsuits before they reach court.