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I met Dr. Mark Midei only a few years ago through a mutual friend while fundraising to support Breast Cancer research in concert with a climb of Cotopaxi, a 19,000 foot volcano in Ecuador. During our climb, I found Mark to be a loyal teamate and strong in character. Since then I have seen Mark as a family-man and have met patients of his who are nothing but full of praise. I am proud to call Mark and his wife, Denise, my friends. The fact that Mark's integrity is in question today is more than unsettling. Hearing and seeing the law firm's radio and television advertisements is aggravating.

When I started hearing from Mark's former patients, nurses, and colleagues, I knew I had to do something. I built this site to give those who respect him a public forum to share their thoughts about Mark Midei and his work. Please feel free to do so below.

This site is created and managed by friends of Mark Midei. He has no involvement in this endevor. If you have any questions about this site, please write me at erickronthal@gmail.com. Thank you, Eric

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Thoughts about Mark Midei . . .

Submitted on December 7, 2013, 1:01 pm By Donald Budacz

I had 6 Stents Over the yrs. And Still Going Strong. Thank Too Dr. Midel. You are still in my Prays Everyday.

Submitted on November 7, 2013, 6:22 pm By baltlaw

a good friend had 3 stents about 8 yrs ago by Dr. Midei. He'd be dead now without them and is now alive and well. If the liability of the hospital rested solely on the claim that Dr. Midei was the agent of the hospital, and the case against Dr. M has been dismissed, then how can the hospital lose? That is, if the agent isn't liable, neither is the principal.

Submitted on November 6, 2013, 12:07 pm By john benson

i,too,have the highest regard for mark,not just as a doctor,but as a loving,caring,generous parent,caregiver and family man. i am sure that he will eventually be exonerated. his enemies are to be pitied.they era petty,jealous people.

Submitted on November 5, 2013, 8:54 pm By Juror #8

Dr. Midei, I, too, echo the sentiments of Adam regarding the court proceedings. Regardless of what took place prior to or following Mr. Weinberg's stent procedure, the theatrics of the plaintiff's attorneys did not manage to conceal their lack of evidence in the case for me. Not only is he "lucky" but he wouldn't have been around to sue anyone had you not saved him. Try as I might, I still have not been able to determine the outcome of the Phase II. Please know that had I been part of deliberations, there would have been no damages and this case would have been over with the end of Phase I. My best wishes to you.

Submitted on November 5, 2013, 7:40 pm By Karen Dunstan R.N., BSN,RCIS

I am a Cath Lab Nurse ,who had the pleasure of working next to Dr. Midei @ the scrub table often through the years. Dating back to the younger Dr. Midei @ Baltimore\'s Sinai Hospital. Way back in the late 80\'s. Even back then I knew he was a visionary with skills like no-one I\'ve worked with in those early days before stents. It was in 2000 when I started working @ St Joseph Medical Center.During that time I personally witnessed Dr Midei save countless lives.He is a physician of the highest caliber. I\'m unable to take the time to write about the numerous cases where I personally witnessed life saving events in split seconds. Too many to list. A dozen cases come to mind during my brief writing. Not to mention the family members of my own he has cared for. I\'m so thankful for the man and his skills. Thank you Dr. Midei. Today & everyday i think what if my dad had chest pain again who would have the skill to keep my dad out of the OR. THANK YOU DR MIDEI for your time and skills to have cared for my dad, my grandma, my aunt & my son. Thank you for being there for me in my time of need after suddenly losing my younger son. May God grant Mark and his family the strength to cope with these false and outrageous accusations.

Submitted on November 2, 2013, 3:16 pm By Adam Ormond

I recently became an unwilling participant in Dr. Midei's saga as an alternate juror during the Weinberg v. Midei case. After seeing the case unfold over the past five weeks, I believe a great injustice has occurred. And, after speaking with four of the other alternate jurors, I am convinced the outcome would be drastically different if jurors 7-12 had deliberated and rendered a verdict instead. As Dr. Midei's counsel accurately noted, Mr. Weinberg is a lucky, lucky, lucky man.

Submitted on October 6, 2013, 6:07 am By Kellie Haviland

My husband Patrick walked in the 5K on 10/5/2013 for The Living Legacy - the gift of life. He received 11 stents at St. Joseph's Medical Center as well as a bypass and an aorta dissection at University of Maryland. I find it ironic that the same man who was a big part of giving my family the gift of life is being treated badly in the media and by St. Joseph's. He was in my thoughts during the 5K and I wish he was there to show him that his great work had an amazing outcome for us.

Submitted on October 3, 2013, 5:33 pm By Mary Anne O'keefe

DOCTOR Mark Midei saved my life 11 years ago. I am a 48 year old mother of a child who lives with significant disabilities, and I need to find a new cardiologist in the eastern Balto county region/ white marsh area and would appreciate Dr. midei's advice. If he were still able to practice, I'd choose him in an instant. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I place my utmost trust in him to please advise me.

Submitted on September 21, 2013, 6:55 pm By Tabor

I met Mark and his Wife a few years ago when all was heating up and we did not talk about it, which just left me and this guy becoming friends just being ourselves. I met a good man an honest man a person that was very hurt by something I didn't know about at the time but I can tell you, his heart is gold his morals are solid his family is solid. I am not a doctor or a patient I am a person that met a man that stands up to any I have known. In the big world of big companies and big sue happy lawyers it seems to me that a good person was being used as a pawn at the expense of his hard work and just trying to do his job. All I can say is I am proud to have become a friend of Mark and his wife because he is one person I can tell is a stand up honest man with a heart of gold.... ✌️

Submitted on June 15, 2013, 7:19 pm By Cynthia Henry Thurlow

Dr. Midei, Although it has been 10 years since I last worked at SJMC (first as an ER RN and later as an NP), your presence, reputation and demeanor made a substantial impression on me. I recall stabilizing many pts in the ER to emergently bring them to you and your team in the lab. I was truly sickened to learn of these lawsuits and the tremendous loss to your patients, cardiology and medicine in general. God bless you and your family. From someone who always admired the high quality care you delivered to your patients and the kindness and compassion you displayed to everyone.

Submitted on June 14, 2013, 6:28 pm By Barri Bernier

I just heard today 6/14/13, the allegations against Dr. Midei. I am deeply disturbed that Dr. Midea was threatened with ruin by the head of Mid Atlantic Cardiology when he was considering moving to another practice. Dr. Midea saved my dad\'s life by putting in a stint.From that day on I was convinced that I could in fact trust modern medicine and that not all procedures were experimental. Now I am concerned that a power play within Mid Atlantic Cardiology has resulted in lives lost due to the termination of the practice of the man that saved my dad. Sincerely, Barri Bernier

Submitted on April 13, 2013, 11:45 am By Janet M Lewis

A news article appeared in the 4/10/13 edition of the Baltimore Sun concerning the trial of Dr. Mark Midei, who has been accused of implanting cardiac stents unnecessarily. Dr. Midei’s stents saved my husband’s life, as well the lives of lots and lots of others. Dr. Midei implanted the stent in 2000, 13 years ago; and my husband has been thriving since then. My husband\'s cardiologist concluded that a stent was likely needed,and referred him to Dr. Midei, as the best of the doctors performing this surgery. We have had zero regrets. Now, because of these law suits, Dr. Midei\'s skills are no longer available to patients who need this expertise. There is risk with every medical procedure and every medication. Patients have to know that they must bear some of this risk. We seem to have trial-by-news-media, and \"guilty until proved innocent.\" Speak up, you folks whose lives he saved! All this second-guessing by some ex-patients, and their attorneys, seems like just an attempted money-grab to me.

Submitted on October 13, 2012, 7:57 pm By Elwood P Glatenfelter

I have never met Dr Midei. I only know what I have read. It is crystal clear that he was thrown under the bus by the St. Joseph hospital and the Government. It seems that the Government was on a witch hunt and was handed Dr Midei. How can someone who has the ability and experience to save lives be treated in this manner? It is obvious that his colleagues were out to get him after he cost them money. How can these people live with themselves when they know they have taken a lifesaver from the people that need him and his expert ability because they lost some money? Is money really that important? I don't know because I never really had much of it. How many people have lost their lives that Dr Midei could have saved? I guess we will never know. I can only pray that Dr Midei has his medical license restored and can begin helping people before he gets "rusty" and loses his ability or becomes bitter and no longer wishes to practice. God Bless you Dr Midei and never ever give up. Fight the good fight. I promise you it will be worth it.

Submitted on May 21, 2012, 7:32 pm By Robert B. Nivison Jr.

As a receiver of 4 stents, I was eternally grateful for the cardiac surgeons who treated me. Looking at the case against Dr. Midei, it is astounding to me that anyone who got stent therapy with less than 70% blockage would sue for improper treatment. It is a certainty that these people would surpass the 70% level in within a year or two. Had they waited, they could have risked fatal outcomes. For the removal of Dr. Midei's license over a arbitrary blockage level, the medical board should rethink its ethics. For St. Joseph's Hospital hanging Dr. Midei out to dry after they hired him and basically caused his dilemma, they should be ashamed of themselves. For the vengeful members of his former practice, a strong dose of humility would be in order.

Submitted on April 26, 2012, 7:50 pm By Margarete Patterson

Ihave been a patient of Dr.Midei for aboat 3 years,and cannot seem to find acardiologist fit to follow him. I will hate St.Josephs for ever for ruining this great mans life and know st.Josephs will go down too as repayment of their actions.There is no way the accusations against Midei are true he simply is not capable of such,I can vouch with my life for that.Over the years I got to know Midei very well andmust say those accusations are just not in his makeup.By the way what would he have profited?He was salaried and did not receive payments for stent placement.The hospital cashed in on that.I only wish I could help him restoring his life,but I keep him in my prayers and even now the road might be rough,he will come out of this mess an even stronger man.Good luck and best wishes to Him. M.P. ,

Submitted on April 24, 2012, 8:43 am By Steve Young

I wish I was a patient of Dr. Midei\'s. Another doctor placed a stent in my RCA in March 2012 and they left a 70% blockage in my LAD. Now I have to live with the stress of expecting another heart attack at any time. God bless you Dr. Midei.

Submitted on March 23, 2012, 8:42 pm By Dawn Rogers

In November 2004 my husband suffered a stroke and heart attack. Knowing how well St Josephs Hosp. and its cath lab was known for saving lives, I immediately drove him there (at the time we lived in Harford Cty) Mark Midei was not only thorough in his exam and explanation to us on the risks and benefits of a stent, but, I felt as though he cared as much for us as though we were HIS FAMILY. Unfortunately my husband suffered another stroke and passed later that night. I could not have asked for better treatment and care for my family. Later when we met again, he was extremely kind to my children caring about how our family was doing. I would find it hard to believe that this man would have done anything unethical for his patients. All I can finish by saying that I believe many of these patients would not have opted for the alternative which could be death or full open heart surgery have a fatal heart attack. Although . Time and again we see how BIG BUSINESS needs a scape goat and I believe this is the case here.....We love you...please know that everyday you worked...you made a HUGE difference!! God Bless you....may truth prevail!!! The Rogers Family

Submitted on March 22, 2012, 3:53 am By Sunil Ahuja (Sunny)

I have lot of respect for Mark, he saved my life. I want to discuss with him about opportunity to help thousands of people in India and have decent living there. I wish I could speak to him.

Submitted on March 17, 2012, 7:20 am By dr d b karron

going through something similar. I have become quite adept at this sh*t. Let me know if i can help.

Submitted on March 8, 2012, 10:56 pm By David Kageorge MD

As a classmate, I knew Mark well through undergrad and Medical school and have always been and still am proud to have had this brief crossing of our paths to give me the privilege to be counted among his friends and colleagues. His personal character and integrity were always impeccable as was his astute clinical judgment and his penchant for always “doing the right thing for the right reasons”… and consistently so, not just when it was in his self-interest. The cognitive reasoning that forms the foundation for clinical decision making in medicine is complex indeed; and sound clinical judgment of course wisely considers objective and measurable factors. Albert Einstein actually made what may be one of the most poignant statements about evidenced based medicine (although he had no idea that was what he was referring to at the time, but it was in reference to objectivity in science in general) “not all that counts is countable, and not all that’s countable, counts.” Assigning a number to something makes a decision sound objective and easy; it is not always that simple. As a practicing physician I value the seasoned clinical judgment of an experienced skilled physician over the blind following of an algorithm decision tree when it comes down to having to make the crucial decisions. Mark and Denise, I am so sorry for the nightmare you must be experiencing and want you to know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. I am convinced that there is eventually significant good that you can and will do for the profession and the health care system as a result of this horrific experience. As you well know it exposes many of the conflicts and flaws of a system badly in need of reform. I am \"reaching for my sharpie\" now! If/when you feel up to it, keep in touch- David

Submitted on February 27, 2012, 2:16 pm By Inez Begue

Prayers are going out for you. Your good works cannot be denied. We love you. Stay positive.

Submitted on February 16, 2012, 11:51 am By DONALD BUDACZ

DR.MIDEI YOR ARE ALWAY IN MY PRAYS. thanks for everything.

Submitted on February 1, 2012, 12:32 pm By Vickie

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Submitted on January 29, 2012, 10:20 am By william peddicord

DR Midei You Saved My Life And I Love you For IT

Submitted on January 1, 2012, 11:13 am By Mary McCarthy

I have been distraught about what happened to Dr. Mark Midei from the beginning of this nightmare that he has gone through. I continue to think that there must be something can be done to help him. I can't believe that the patients he helped turned against him, listening to false accusations. When you go to the ER with chest pain and have even a partially blocked artery, you better realize that down the road, if it gets worse.. you may not make it to the ER. What if they had told me you can't have a hip replaced because you're not in a wheelchair yet. Or, we can't remove that duodenal tumor because it's not cancerous yet. You have to live with the pain and have a poor quality of life. What if those excellent and caring doctors who treated me were to lose their licence for intervening too soon. Maybe there should be TV ads with all the people who support Mark Medei instead of only for those who want to sue him. If only the people who started this ugliness would repent and tell the truth. In the meantime, I will continue to pray for him and his family.

Submitted on December 29, 2011, 4:39 pm By Kathy Lang

Over the Christmas Holidays in 2000/2001 my husband a diabetic of 36 years had a mild heart attack. Dr. Midei was working the cath lab and everyone recommended Dr. Mark Midei to do the cath procedure - because HE WAS THE BEST! My husband has 4 blockages but Dr. Midei recommended by pass for my husband. He said due to his age 40 and his diabetes if he used stents he would be back in a few years. I heard him give the same diagnoses to the person in the next bed. My husbands had a successful by-pass and is very heart healthy today thanks in part fo Dr. Midei and the other Docs of MidAtlantic. If he was just putting in stents for money - then he would have put them in my husband and had a guarantee return business. I think Dr. Midei is an honorable, talented surgeon, and seem to be a very compassionate person. I think SJMC has made him the scapegoat for their mismanagement. I hope Dr. Midei will continue to hold his head up high and fight this battle and be cleared of all charges. Nothing can restore his good name and his career. But I hope that reading this page and others like it will remind him of the good work he had done and how many lives he has saved and touched. We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers.

Submitted on December 21, 2011, 11:49 pm By Mark Catherman

Mark, I am truly sorry for all the problems and difficulties that you and your family have had to endure over the last 3 plus years. I was one of your patients at St. Joe in 2007 and 2008 and can only sing your praises for the treatments that you provided to me. In each case I was in severe distress and received 2 stents each in September 2007, October 2007 and September 2008. You performed all 3 procedures and, since then, I have been symptom free of any cardiac complications. Based upon my history I believe I owe you my life. Since your first intervention I have been blessed with 3 beautiful granddaughters, ages 4 years, 17 months and 1 1/2 months. Additionally, I was able to attend my son\'s college graduation, commissioning in the Air National Guard, and his pinning on of my own Air Force wings, along with his daughter\'s birth. WOW! Thank You! Without your help and treatment I wouldn\'t have experienced any of this. Again, Thank You! I understand that your circumstances have been very difficult lately. There is no getting around that. Neither of us would have chosen our set of present circumstances, given the choice. If my career were still on track I would be a senior captain for the world\'s largest airline flying internationally, enjoying a significantlly more grandiose lifestyle. That being said I have had a chance to re-evaluate and re-prioritize my life\'s goals. I have learned to enjoy the simple thrill of a baby\'s smile, times 3, a genuine handshake and a warm embrace from a friend, a beautiful unset, and a clear blue sky. These are not substitutes for our previous goals, our experiences are just how God helps us around our own self-imposed disappointments. Mark, I am very concerned for you. You are a very talented cardiologist and surgeon and have done a tremendous amount of good in your life. Please remember that a great number of us out here owe our very existences to your foresight and care and will always be indebted to you for the gifts of continued life that you have given us. If there is anything that I can do to help you in your continued fight to regain your medical status please feel free to contact me. I wish you and your family a blessed holiday season and a prosperous new year. Mark Catherman

Submitted on December 17, 2011, 11:06 am By Denise Schonwald

I was a nurse at St. Joseph Medical Center for almost 10 years where I worked in the ICU, Cath recovery and as a Supervisor. Dr. Midei was referred to as a "magician" in the cath lab and no one who ever worked with him would want anyone else taking care of their family or them. What people are forgetting is he saved a lot of lives. He worked long hours and never complained, always treating the patients with kindness and respect. I was honored to work with such a gifted man and I hope you will forward my thoughts and prayers to him and his family. Sincerely, Denise Schonwald Brooksville, Florida

Submitted on December 13, 2011, 7:07 am By kimberly vantran

Hi Mark - hope this reaches you - loved the Sunpaper article - finally a reporter to share your side of this - we read it at work and that day at sjmc everyone was talking about it - and everything I heard was FOR you! ALL positive comments- very supportive and caring. I hope you know that we care about you and believe in you. You are still someone that I respect - and always will. I know the media portrayal isn't the truth and certainly isn't you. I'm so sorry for all of the troubles for you and Denise. Keeping you all in my prayers - Kim

Submitted on December 11, 2011, 6:38 pm By Jo Ann Hicks

The last 2 of my 9 stents were placed by Dr. Midei at SJMC in June 2006. I vividly recall him saying to me, even though groggy, that he had placed one stent along with one between two other stents. His judgment call in this situation perhaps quite possibly has saved my life. By placing that additional stent also saved the insurance company money which most likely would have had to be done at some later time if I didn\'t die because of it. All the horrible things this man has endured as a result of the investigations and lawsuits are simply wrong. He is a fantastic doctor and the profession has lost a most capable and caring professional. It just blows my mind how anyone could even consider suing a doctor for stent placement. Each person arrived on the table for a heart cath because something was signaling a problem. Dr. Midei corrected the issue and they now are alive to sue him. Shame on each and every one of them. I have read the latest story in today\'s (12/11/11) \"Baltimore Sun\" and felt a need to add to this website. I will pray that Dr. Midei is reinstated to continue to help and heal people.

Submitted on December 10, 2011, 8:13 pm By Baltimore Resident

May God bless Dr. Midei and his entire family. God bless him for his years of dedication and commitment to quality patient care--saving thousands of lives and impacting the lives of many more through his talented work. The Baltimore community is at a complete loss by removing this physician from doing what he does best and better than anyone else. Dr. Midei- Never forget that you have a community that stands behind you and the great work that you spent so many years doing. The truth will prevail in the end!

Submitted on December 10, 2011, 4:51 pm By Kathy Williams

I first met Dr Midei when he was a cardiology fellow at Hopkins. I was an RN on the cardiac step down unit. When my father developed cardiac disease, Dr Midei frequently assisted in his care. His kindness and compassion were exemplary. I have no doubt I was not an easy 'family member'. Dr Midei was always extremely patient with me, explaining what was being done to try to help my father. He often asked me how my father was doing even when my father was not an inpatient. Dr Midei's contribution to my father's care extended his life and improved his quality of life. I later worked with Dr Midei in the Hopkins cath lab before SJMC started their program. His ethics and patient care standards were beyond reproach. I often thought that if/when I needed a cardiologist in light of my family history, I would go to Dr Midei. I still believe that today.

Submitted on December 10, 2011, 12:31 pm By Heather Dakos

I worked with Mark at St. Joe's early in his career there, I was sickened when I heard about this. I know live out of the area and was told by a sales rep. To this day I have never worked with a more caring and respectable physician. My heart goes out to Mark and his family. This is just another example of how hospital administrators have no loyalty and no backbone to stand up and do the right thing. Even when it means distroying a man's good name.

Submitted on September 20, 2011, 4:01 pm By Mary

I went to UCMC with chest & arm pain almost nine years ago& even though I was only a 37 year old female, the blood tests confirmed that I had in fact suffered a heart attack. I was immediately ambo'ed to a hospital in the city as UCMC did not have a cath lab at that time. I was rushed into the cath lab at the other hospital and after a very lengthy and scary cardiac cath I came out with three stents in my LADD. For approximately a month after I continued to experience chest & shoulder discomfort but was assured by my cardiologist that I was ok. My father happened to be very I'll at the time & was hospitalized at SJMC. When I went to visit him there I felt so bad that i went to the ER instead. The cardiologist on call there convinced me to be re-cathed when I failed a stress test. I was so scared to be cath'ed again because my previous experience had been so horrible! They took me into the cath lab & the man who they told me was going to perform the procedure was listening to this horrendous head-banging rock music! I told him that it made me extremely nervous...he laughed& asked me what I'd rather hear. I told him considering the procedure, I felt classical was more appropriate. He immediately accommodated my request & I felt this overwhelming sense of calm, not only because of the music change but because of the man-- who turned out to be Dr Mark Midei. He found an additional blockage in my main artery (LAD) & placed 2 more stents. I ended up returning two additional times over the years each time insisting that only Dr Midei perform the procedure. Each time in 03 & 08 he said I needed no additional stents. I am not a doctor or a lawyer & I do not have access to all the info the board had in leading them to make the decision to revoke this very talented man's license...I am just a mom of a daughter with severe disabilities who is still here to care for her thanks to the skillful hands of Dr Midei.

Submitted on August 23, 2011, 4:52 pm By DONALD BUDACZ

DOC. YOU WILL ALWAY HAVE MY SUPPORT . MY PRAY ARE WITH YOU ALWAYS. DON B

Submitted on August 6, 2011, 4:24 pm By Connie Frank,RN

I worked at SJMC for over ten years, mostly in the CCU and Cardiac Cath Prep/Recovery Room. I liked Mark personally and respected his technical skills--I would have been treated by him any day, and recommended any family member to him. I even went to the same surgeon for LASIK, because I figured if he was good enough for Mark, he was good enough for me. I\'d moved out of state and knew nothing of all of this before I saw it in Consumer Reports. Can\'t reconcile what I read with what I know. I\'m glad to read postings from other Heart Institute employees. Mark, if you should happen to read this, I am so very sorry for all you and your family have been through. What a waste of your exceptional skills, and what a nightmare for all of you. My best to you all.

Submitted on July 16, 2011, 3:20 pm By Marty Hilgert

I saw the article about Dr. Marc Medei from the Baltimore Sun newspaper and just could not believe this was the same Marc Medei that I knew when he was going to medical school at NEOUCOM (Northeastern Ohio Universitis College of Medicine) in Rootstown, OH. I worked on the staff in the Pharmacology Department and knew Marc from our social gatherings. He impressed me as a caring, honest and competant person and just the kind of person who should become a doctor...for the right reasons. After reading all the comments on this site, this is the same Marc Medei that I knew then. I am so sorry Marc that you and your family are going through this difficult time. Marc...Always remember, God will never abandon you. Don't ever give up! Marty Hilgert

Submitted on July 15, 2011, 7:23 am By julie takacs

Praying for you and Denise, you always will have my love and support!! Julie

Submitted on July 14, 2011, 8:15 pm By Barb King

I was just one of several critical care paramedics who transported cardiac patients into the hands of Dr. Midei and then got to stand in the cath lab and watch the procedure. I've personally seen Dr. Midei save lives. If Dr. Midei stented an artery which was not critically blocked it was because he felt it necessary to do so to save the patient from a future critical cardiac event. No one took into consideration that Dr. Midei was proactive in his treatment. His being proactive saved the patient from a repeat critical cardiac event, saved the patient's insurance company the costs of a second emergency department visit, possible critical care transport to Dr. Midei, a second admission to the hospital and second cardiac catheterization. The cost savings would have been in the many thousands of dollars.

Submitted on June 2, 2011, 9:45 pm By DONALD BUDACZ

DOC. AS ALWAY MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY EVERYDAY. DON BUDACZ

Submitted on May 24, 2011, 7:31 am By HANNA

I THINK WHAT WAS DONE TO DR MIDEI IS A PURE EVIL .HOW CAN SOME ONE DESTROY THE CAREER AND LIFE OF A VERY SUCCESSFUL AND CARING PHYSICIAN WHO DID NO HARM TO ANY OF HIS PATIENTS . DR MIDEI SHOULD BE GIVEN ANOTHER CHANCE .

Submitted on May 9, 2011, 7:03 am By Emerson Curley,R.N.

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, To appreciate beauty and find the best in others, To leave the world a bit better, To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, This is to have succeeded! Ralph Waldo Emerson

Submitted on May 2, 2011, 8:52 am By Elizabeth Legenhausen

On behalf of the St. James Academy community please know that our collective prayers for justice and vindication are ever-present!

Submitted on April 29, 2011, 6:01 am By john benson

I have never met a more honorable man than Dr. mark midei.Equally important,I have never met a kinder or gentler man.the persecution of this fine doctor is a sad commentary on the state of both the medical and the legal professions

Submitted on April 28, 2011, 9:24 am By Dianne Fowler

Dr. Midei replaced a pacemaker for my father when a recall notice from the manufacturer of this device advised this surgery. During the procedure the device failed and it was a credit to Dr. Midei\\\'s experience and expertise that he survived the surgery and continues to thrive at age 93. Physician intuition and experience is paramount to my selection of a professional. The loss of Dr. Midei as a medical resource would be tragic and leave a void in the professional community.

Submitted on April 25, 2011, 6:09 pm By Vincent Sisk

Dr.Midei was my first cardiologist,going back to his days at Church Home Hospital on Broadway in East Baltimore.I have had 19 caths a 5 artery bypass and 11 stents.A number of stents (4)were implanted by Dr.Midei.There is no question in my mind that Dr.Midei saved my life.I believe he is the most ethical and professional person that I have ever met.If I would ever need heart help again,I would prefer Dr.Midei over any other doctor.Doc,I will be praying for you and your family.All the best and good luck. Sincerely, Vincent (Tim) Sisk

Submitted on April 24, 2011, 6:01 pm By Francis Lange

I had heart issues two years ago. Arriving at the ER of Upper Chesapeake with the usual symptoms the staff cardiologist wanted to run the usual stress test and so on. My regular physican\'s group had a covering doctor who wanted to do more considering my family history and years of smoking. The cardiologist agreed and wanted me tranferred to Sinai to have a catherization done. My wife worked at St. Joe\'s and when she found out what they wanted to do, she said \"No\", I needed to go to St. Joe\'s and she started making calls. Next thing I knew I was in an ambulance headed for St. Joseph\'s. She had talked to Dr. Pollock\'s secretary and had me lined up to have the catherization done by Dr. Midei. They basically fit me in at the end of his day, an extra so to speak. Transported there, the procedure was done and Dr. Midei spoke to me afterwards, he had put in three stents, my LAD was 90% blocked and the RCA was 80% blocked. He then proceeded to berate me about the effects that smoking had on my life. I will remember this for most of my days, first because how forceful he was with explaining how stupid it was for me to smoke and secondly, for the concern he showed for me as being his patient. This stuck with me and eventually I have quit and his rhetoric was a large part of it. Time went on and eventually I was one of the recipents of the \"letter\" from St. Joseph\'s. Being curious I called the number attached and had the reports sent to my cardiologist. I called his office sometime later and asked if they had been reviewed and was told \"Yes\" and that the doctor had \"Ok\"ed them. On my next visit, I brought up the question about the report and my cardiologist fired up his PC, put the disc in and showed me the video of my catherization. First, let me say that as a layman I had never seen anything like this before, to see the pictures on the screen and to be able to determine anything from them I thought was near impossible. To watch as my doctor told me \"He\'s putting the first stent in\" and to see a small line on the screen increase to almost three times it\'s size was indeed surprising. My cardiologist said \"You definitely needed that one\". I continued to watch the video and was really taken back by the skill that was needed, first to be able to ascertain the problem from the view given, then to be able to place something as small as a stent, to where it was needed. I am grateful to this day, first to my wife for getting me to the right place and to Dr. Midei for fixing my heart. I don\'t know why I received the \"letter\" from St. Joseph\'s, it was obvious from the review that the stents worked, they saved me from a heart attack and maybe death, one that might not have come on that day, but would have come shortly thereafter. How can you question the skill and concern of this doctor, I do not know, but I\'m glad he was there when my turn came. Thank You, Dr. Midei and good luck on Wednesday. Take care!

Submitted on April 20, 2011, 2:03 pm By Mark G. Midei

An open letter to my family, friends, colleagues and patients: Although we had nothing to do with the establishment of this website, rest assured that Denise and I read it almost daily. Throughout the past two years of adversity, it has been one of the few things that have sustained us. The stories of support from all of you have been most appreciated. To the tens of thousands of patients whom I have had the privilege treating, I assure you that I have always done my best. I am grateful for the trust that you have placed in me in the past and for the continuing appreciation that most of you have for my efforts. To the hundreds of nurses and technologists with whom I have worked over the years, I thank you for your examples of talent, dedication and performance under conditions of extreme stress. I thank you for your friendship. I am certain that you know of my love for you. I hope you will continue your lifesaving mission, and understand that no one can take away from you the certainty of your compassion and benefit to our patients throughout the years. I miss you more than you can ever imagine. To my family and friends, I understand that your love and respect for me is unconditional, but I assure you that your trust in me is well-founded. I am hopeful that eventually the truth will prevail. In the meantime, I thank you for all the kind words and other forms of support. Mark

Submitted on April 19, 2011, 4:27 pm By Barbara J, Curd

I went to the emergency room at St. Josephs and was having a heart attack. This was in 1999. My husband called someone and found out that Dr. Midei was at St. Josephs, I think. Anyway wherever he was he came and I was implanted with a stent. I am still going strong. While he was implanting the stent or before, he showed me the blockage on some machine that was in the cath lab. I feel he is getting a raw deal. I hope he fights back. He also years later implanted a stent in my Mother who was brought down from Westminster. Her heart is still going strong at 97.

Submitted on March 23, 2011, 10:41 am By Russell A. Garman Jr.

In July 2000, Dr. Midei placed two stents in my right coronary artery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Baltimore. There was a 99% obstruction in the mid portion of the artery and a 95% obstruction in the more distal mid portion of the artery. The procedure was completly successful in resolving the symptoms that I had been experiencing for the previous 3 months. For the past 11 years, my condition has been successfully managed by his former associates and I am able to lead an active and full life. I found him to be a highly competent and caring physician and I will be eternally grateful for his help in resolving what was clearly a life-threatening condition. Russ Garman

Submitted on February 23, 2011, 4:29 pm By DONALD BUDACZ

HI DOC. YOU AER IN MY PRAYS EVERYDAY, DONOT GIVE UP. PS. STILL GOING STRONG AFTER YOU PUT 6 STENT IN ME. DON BUDACZ

Submitted on February 13, 2011, 7:43 pm By Bob Peckham

I grew up with and was friends with Mark and his family in Columbus,Oh. I continued to visit Mark and his brother when they moved to Cincinnati, Oh. His parents raised their kids to honest, respectful and above all to have high moral standards. In reading the articles, I know he would do this because it is not in his nature. It smells of cover-up and CYA and Mark is the escape goat. If I ever had heart issues, Mark was the one I was going to see, no matter where I lived. If anyone talks to Mark, please tell him I said \"Hi\" and wish him the best! Hang in there! It\'s always darkest before the dawn.

Submitted on February 13, 2011, 7:19 am By Stephen Williams

Hi Mark, I just wanted to offer my support through these tough times. I am very sorry that you and your family are going through this. i saw your wife and son at the movies a couple nights ago and she mentioned there was this site. You performed heart surgery on my mother, Elizabeth Williams, back in 2001. She is doing great and I want to thank you for giving her to us for another 10 years. Stay strong and the truth will eventually settle this for those who are attacking you. God Bless Stephen Williams

Submitted on January 31, 2011, 8:14 am By Ms. Edie Bernier

Following is a note that I wrote to Hopkins Cardiologist Dr. Roger S. Blumenthal to thank him for standing up for Dr. Midei and to share the story of how Dr. Midei helped to extend my father's life: Dear Roger, I recently read the markmidei website. I was so pleased to see your entry and am immensely proud of you, one of Hopkins top cardiologists, for standing up for Dr. Midei while so many others have backed away from him. Years ago, after being extubated at GBMC, my father was transported to St. Joe's for a heart catheterization. While I was not thrilled with St. Joe's at the time, that is where my Dad was headed. So, I prayed a quick prayer with my Mom and my sister that God would somehow intervene and find the best doctor for Dad. You can imagine how thankful and relieved I was when I walked up to the reception area and found out that our mutual Hopkins Ciccarone Center friend David Lowry had recently taken a job at the site. David told me about his new position and wondered why I was there. I explained the situation and asked if he would please make sure that my Dad got the best interventional cardiologist possible. When David returned, he was happy to tell me that he WAS able to get THE BEST...a Dr. Mark Midei would be taking care of my father. Dr. Midei inserted stents and there was an immediate and dramatic improvement in my father's health. Years later, when Dad was experiencing more cardiac problems, his cardiologist thought that he might need additional stents (due to his advanced COPD, stents were the only safe interventional option). I told his cardiologist that we would consider the procedure ONLY if Dr. Midei was the interventionalist. Thankfully, they were able to schedule Dad with Dr. Midei. Following that stent placement, Dad's breathing was markedly better. I have no doubt that by Dr. Midei using his God-given talents, my father's life and the lives of many others were saved. And, as you know, I believe that you, Roger, and your wife Wendy have also used your talents to save and extend the lives of many of your patients. My father loved Dr. Midei. Dad knew that Dr. Midei would only suggest and perform procedures that he would recommend for a member of his own family. Roger, you were acquainted with my Dad, you saw that twinkle in his eyes and experienced his kind-hearted nature and good humor. In addition to being impressed with Dr. Midei's skills, Dad was impressed with Dr. Midei's kindness and wit. I remember, after one procedure, walking into the recovery room and hearing Dad and Dr. Midei laughing together. That was music to my ears and a reminder of one of the many reasons why Dr. Midei would be the ONLY interventional cardiologist for my Dad. While Dad had many good doctors over the years, I can honestly attribute the many extensions of his life to the talent and personalities of three amazing doctors...his General Practitioner Dr. Ayman Akkad, his Pulmonologist Dr. George Bedon, and his Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Mark Midei. I wrote a letter to Dr. Midei and his wife Denise, when this "witch-hunt", as you accurately referred to it, began. I let them know how shocked and angered I was by these false accusations and assured him that there are many people who are disgusted by what is happening to him and encouraged him to keep up the good fight. Roger, you know how much I miss my Dad, but I must say that I am so thankful that he is not around to see what is unjustly happening to Dr. Midei, It would have devastated him. On behalf of me, and posthumously for my parents, thank you for voicing your support for Dr. Midei. Sincerely, Edie Bernier

Submitted on January 5, 2011, 8:59 pm By Bridget Leslie

I've been praying for Mark and his family. The first words any colleage mentions when they hear Dr. Medei's name is "gifted." Indeed he was renowned for taking cases others would shake their heads at and tell the patient and family to essentially "make final arrangements". He was always up front with someone: say they were smokers, grossly obese, family history of heart disease, etc--he'd let them know EXACTLY how occluded they were and THEY would beg for a second chance. He'd always selflessly stay and help. He'd never complain that he'd just left the hospital to finally see his family over a dinner he was already 2 hours late for--there'd be another heart attack rushing in and he'd come back around and give his all. Two winters ago my husband was having chest pains when chopping wood outside. Pain subsided when he rested. Next day, hard at the chores again the pain returned. He's a very healthy man, vigorously exercises regularly, takes vitamins, a few glasses of red wine each week, regular check ups, etc. Again the pain died down somewhat with resting, and no, an antacid didn't help. We went to the ER; everything was clear (no active heart attack, no lung infection, no blood clot, no pulled muscle...nothing to explain the pain). He went for a stress test a couple of days later; everything looked ok until the more vigorous phase and he was having the pain again. We were both nervous because both his parents have had several heart attacks as did his brother (at age 40) so we feared the worst. We went for a heart cath on another MD's advice. I know a lot of doctors, but THEY ALL said to go to Mark Midei...some even used the word "genius" to praise his skill. The entire staff was wonderful, but Mark--whose son had just been in an accident--acted like we were the most important people in the world to him. No, my husband didn't need stents and so OF COURSE they weren't done. But in the midst of a very busy day in the cath lab and an emergency at home, Mark came around twice to explain his findings. TWICE! (My husband was still a little groggy from the light sedation, so he wanted to make sure he understood he would be just fine.) Who does that? Only a doctor who really cares. Please let him know how grateful we are and how sorely he is missed. His reputation will never be tarnished in the eyes of those who can think past the drama of ambulance-chasing TV lawyers, malcontents (yes, life has an eventual bump in the road and end-point for all of us...even the 300 pounder who smokes 2 packs a day), or a jealous rival. Mark, I'd follow you anywhere as a patient, as a loved one of a patient, or as a nurse. You are a good man as well as a brilliant physician. I pray this works out for you and you will be restored beyond what this has undoubtedly cost you on many fronts.

Submitted on January 5, 2011, 11:17 am By Suzanne Barnard

I am a nurse who works in the SJMC ED. I have personally witnessed MANY lives that Mark has SAVED throughout my 12 yrs of ED nursing. He successfully stented many patients who other interventional cardiologists' wouldn't have thought to touch because they do not have Mark's skill or expertise. The case that continues to be a miracle is one of a 47 yr old male calling 911 w/SOB. The pt went in to cardiac arrest during the 911 phone call. 1st responders followed ACLS protocols bringing the pt to the ED in continued cardiac arrest. We were about to pronounce the pt, when we decided to call Dr. Midei. I remember him saying "I can't perform a cardiac cath on a pt receiving active CPR". Mark took him to the lab anyway, inserted a balloon pump, obtained a shockable rhythm and was able to perform the procedure. He stented a totally occluded LAD. The pt WALKED OUT OF THE HOSPITAL totally intact!!! I believe that the pt was able to return to work as a police officer.

Submitted on January 5, 2011, 7:14 am By Bob Simmers

Dr. Midei put a stent in my LAD in 2002. Excellent experience that probably saved my life, based on thalium tests I had in Hagerstown before the procedure and the the tests I had afterwards. Not being a cardiologist, that's all I can go by. Mark seemed very good and had my full confidence. I'm following this latest story closely. Mark is "accused" but not guilty, as far as I know. The presumption of innocence is still prevails in my mind. However, this invloves other people's lives, so preventing Mark from continuing to practice until this is settled is justified. This 'trial by the press' seems to be the trend these days, with the vindictive, 'get even' mentality of the Datlines and Nancy Graces of the world. It appears to be difficult to find an expert who is indeed independent, since all of the experts are either competitors or friends to Mark. Abbott is trying to make a dollar, but who isn't? That said, I am not a personal friend of Dr. Midei, but based on my eperience and what I've read I still presume innocence......more than that, I don't see enough real evidence to bring a trial, but I'm not an attorney.

Submitted on December 26, 2010, 5:43 am By Margarete Patterson

Hi,and merry Xmas, I have been a patient of Dr.Midei ans am shocked over the slander against him.I happen to know his great morals and surgical expertize as he saved my life on an occasion.I miss him very much and yet have to find a replacement for him,and hold St.Joseph hosp.responsible for doing so,and really would like to St.joseph be responsible legally.Dr.Midei is not just one of the best surgeons St.Josephs ever had but a man of great integrity and great morals,and never ever would perform any unessesary procedures I would vouch for this with my life.I wished I could be of help to him or get in touch with him.I will never understand how St Josephs ca ruin and destroy his life and get away with such crime against such a fine great man. Excuse my mistakes but I am so very upset in writing, Margarete

Submitted on December 8, 2010, 6:13 pm By Victoria Campbell

I was a patient of Dr. Midei's in November 2002. He did an emergency cardiac cath on me and found nothing wrong with my coronary arteries, which was a big relief. I recovered from the procedure just fine. He was kind, professional and very reassuring. It was a difficult time for me as I was very sick.

Submitted on December 8, 2010, 4:46 am By Mark Haigney

I trained in medicine and cardiology at the same program as Mark and had the privilege to work closely with him on many occasions. The man I knew was the epitome of the dedicated physician. I don't think I can name a more unselfish or sympathetic man in cardiology. It is frankly impossible for me to imagine this man putting any issue- especially money- ahead of his concern for the patient's well-being. The science behind coronary intervention has changed radically and repeatedly since the 80s and early 90s, and decisions made with the best data in one era look, in retrospect, like bad decisions in the light of our present understanding. That is the nature of rapid scientific progress. I am sure that every clinical decision he made was supportable based on the context of the patient's symptoms and the era he was treated in. I would not hesitate to send a family member to Mark Midei.

Submitted on December 7, 2010, 7:07 am By Lisa Tranberg

I read the story about Dr. Midei in the NYT. I am a PA and I worked in the cath lab for 5 and 1/2 years and I find it next to impossible to believe that this Dr. could inappropriately put in multiple stents with on average 10 people watching him in the control room at any given time. That is, there are techs, nurses, fellows, PA's even the guys that clean up understand what they are seeing after a while and would start to question what was going on. I believe he is being railroaded. Of course, every doctor estimates the amount of blockage differently. Now, there are ways to measure the blockage with the computer which is more accurate including intraaterial usg. I'm sure Dr. Midei had all these measures at his disposal. The stent reps are always in the lab and yes maybe some doctors can be influenced to use one stent vs. another but implanting hundreds of unnecessary stents is practically insane. I find the whole thing hard to believe.

Submitted on December 7, 2010, 3:22 am By devinder

dear friends,i would be grateful;if dr mark midei would be spared to spread his expertise through hands-on-training to younger generation of upcoming cardiologists in interpretation of cardiological problems in infancy stage;all over the globe through coutesy ABBOT 's own entrepreneurial spread of usage of this benign technology for the benefit of humanity at large.best wishes and regards-dr devinder bawa. He should be treated as a pioneer in his field .His dedication is being questioned unnecessarily.In this application of scientific knowledge;to err on the higher side can ,in fact , be treated a norm and beneficial;the technological advancement never ever hurts patients negatively.in fact, the longevity of the prospective cardiac ppotential patientsis too ensured against future epsodes;having been subjected to improved lifestyles and dietary -restrictions and statins to reduce cholesterol levels and antiplatelet factors to keep the flowing blood uncoagullated. why all this hoopla? His dedication and hard work should be richly rewarded and an equivalent of Nobel P-rize kind of award should be instituted and rewarded. A doctor's job remains one of thanklessness ,unsung heroes and away from their families; they put in laborious hours at the disposal of humanity. we readily raise cacophhony unnecessarily;how unfortunate!God take care!---dr devinder bawa(family medicine)

Submitted on December 6, 2010, 8:31 pm By former Cardiac Cath Lab employee

I believe that Dr. Midei is being \\\"thrown under the bus\\\" by the powers that be. I have a great deal of respect for him and his technical abilities. Also, his care for his patients, which includes my own father, is tremendous. His stent placement in my father\\\'s coronary arteries bought my father five years before he had to undergo bypass surgery (you cannot fight genetics). About the alleged crab feasts - I cannot tell you how many free lunches and breakfasts were provided to the lab staff by the stent reps, pacemaker reps, catheter reps, etc. during my years working in the cath lab.

Submitted on December 6, 2010, 2:58 pm By Stephanie Higgins, MD

It is so easy for a hospital to have a personal vendetta against a physician, and all other physicians just sit by the wayside and allow it to happen because theybthink, \"better him than me,\" a phenomenon known as the wounded gazelle concept. All other physicians who would normally protect their very competent colleague may have been jealous of his success, esecially those from Mid-Atlantic, or are just terrified about being \"tarred with the same brush\" or \"guilty by association\". So they let the lions devour their colleague. Most likely this entire process was started by the CEO of Mid-Atlantic whenbthe merger fell through with the hospital, \"robbing\" the CEO of his cut from the merger.... Probably millions of dollars..... All he would then have to do is cast doubt on all the money paid out by all the different PPO\'s and Medicare, and the death of a career begins... not JUST a death, a MURDER of a career. The CEO Of Mid-Atlantic had nothing to lose at that point.... So what appears to be a conspiracy to make millions by doing \"unneccessary\" procedures is probably a bit of gung ho-ness fueled by the hospital and Abbott labs and just gradual change of techniques and education of a trial and error medical system. It is easy to look at a single person to lay blame, but unfortunately, as in all of society, things are never that simple. Have a great day! S.H.

Submitted on December 6, 2010, 2:26 pm By Stephanie Higgins, MD

It is so easy for a hospital to have a personal vendetta against a physician, and all other physicians just sit by the wayside and allow it to happen because theybthink, \"better him than me,\" a phenomenon known as the wounded gazelle concept. All other physicians who would normally protect their very competent colleague may have been jealous of his success, esecially those from Mid-Atlantic, or are just terrified about being \"tarred with the same brush\" or \"guilty by association\". So they let the lions devour their colleague. Most likely this entire process was started by the CEO of Mid-Atlantic whenbthe merger fell through with the hospital, \"robbing\" the CEO of his cut from the merger.... Probably millions of dollars..... All he would then have to do is cast doubt on all the money paid out by all the different PPO\'s and Medicare, and the death of a career begins... not JUST a death, a MURDER of a career. The CEO Of Mid-Atlantic had nothing to lose at that point.... So what appears to be a conspiracy to make millions by doing \"unneccessary\" procedures is probably a bit of gung ho-ness fueled by the hospital and Abbott labs and just gradual change of techniques and education of a trial and error medical system. It is easy to look at a single person to lay blame, but unfortunately, as in all of society, things are never that simple. Have a great day! S.H.

Submitted on November 30, 2010, 5:55 pm By DONALD BUDACZ

DOCTOR MARK. DON'T GIVE UP . MY PRAY WITH YOU.

Submitted on November 26, 2010, 6:38 pm By Shawn Armstrong

God doesn't like ugly, and the people who are making Dr. Midei suffer now are the ones who will be suffering in the long run. It's really sad that a man with the tallent of Dr. Mark Midei is being stopped all for greed of Mid Alantic Cardiology. It's crap!!! It's because of Dr. Midei many people got a second chance at life and you don't even hear of that (Except on this site)!!! It's also because of people like him that I am pursuing a career in the Cath Lab, and it would be an honor to one day work along side of Dr. Midei. Of ALL the great stories I have heard from colleagues of Mark, there is no reason in my mind to believe anything other then his innocence. Go get em' Dr. Midei!!!!!!

Submitted on November 26, 2010, 5:34 pm By Ruth Kantor M.D.

I practice at GBMC and miss Mark very much as the most skillfull interventional cardiologist in MANY years. I know him to be a person of integrity and good clinical judgement, which together with his incredible skill have saved many lives. Several yrs ago he put an AMAZING stent into the proximal LAD of my husband's closest friend who is now alive only thanx to Mark. This was a nearly complete occlusion in a relatively young person, a "Tim Russert lesion". At this time of year, we forward heartfelt thanks to this amazing cardiologist.

Submitted on November 22, 2010, 7:54 pm By Roxana Globus

I was referred to Dr. Midei after the cardiologist I was seeing told me that I needed two more stents but my arteries were very small and he didn't want to do it. Dr. Midei was able to put the stents in without any trouble. I received a letter from St. Josephs stating that I may have received unnecessary stents. I'm not sure who examined the films but I believe that both cardiologists knew what they were doing.

Submitted on November 21, 2010, 5:47 am By Richard Hull

In 2004 I went to St. Joseph's Hospital because I had been diagnosed with what my local cardiologist thought was a blockage in the arteries leading to my heart. When they got me in the Heart Cath. Lab Dr. Mark Midei was the one who did the catheterization. I had two blockages, one at 90% and one at 95%. Dr. Midei put a cardiac stent in each of the arteries. I was told by the one nurse on duty that they call Dr. Midei the "Stent Master" because he could often get the stents in where other doctors could not. I sincerely believe that the Lord used Dr. Midei to save my life that day as both the nurses and Dr. Midei told my wife that I "should have had a heart attack a long time ago. And that she was "lucky she had brought me there under uncontrolled circumstances." In 2005 I had to go back to St. Josephs for three more stents. I requested Dr. Midei to do the procedure. Once again the Lord had used this man to save my life. I would not hesitate to have Dr. Midei perform the same procedure again if needed. In fact, I did go to St. Josephs a third time in 2006 for three more stents and requested Dr. Midei but he was unavailable. But I still believe that Dr. Midei saved my life the first two times I visited St. Josephs.

Submitted on November 10, 2010, 9:16 am By Rich Dunn

Plain and simple, Dr. Midei saved my life.

Submitted on November 10, 2010, 7:12 am By Norm & Florence Robillard

My wife (Florence) was examined by Dr midei and he found she did not require stent. We were Both happy with his treatment and bedside manner. We also know mark as a personal friend as he has stopped at our house while out hiking in the area. We firmly believe Mark is the fall-guy in this situation. Norm & Florence Robillard

Submitted on November 1, 2010, 3:58 am By Frank Weir

I would just like to let Dr. Midei to know that I will do anything I can do to help him. He saved my life in 2006. This law suit agaisn't Dr. Midei shows where we come in this "do anything for the buck" legal world. I wish the best for the doctor in his battle with the sharks. Frank Weir

Submitted on October 28, 2010, 7:57 am By Mary Peirce

Dr. Midei saved my husband's life. He is an excellent doctor, and I trust him completely.

Submitted on October 24, 2010, 6:48 am By stephanie l griffin

I am a nurse who worked closely with Dr Midei for a number of years. I found him to be a man of integrity and high character. I NEVER saw him place a stent in a patient who didn't need it. More often than not, I heard him say the words "this cath is clean" (didn't need stents). I cannot understand how a patient (patients) whose lives have been saved by dr Midei are attacking him in lawsuits. I just want you to know that working with him was one of the finest times in my life.

Submitted on October 23, 2010, 2:13 pm By Shammed Doc

Here comes the professionally lethal combination of a medical peer review process that is open to exploitation (and is protected with immunity) AND the mandatory NPDB reporting of adversarial outcomes, which is almost an official defaming system. The hospital here went further and sent letters, which would probably encourage lawsuits and ensure destroying a reputation. This tremendous power is unbalanced. Unfortunately, the hospital peer review process in the US is open for exploitation and corruption. The way it works makes it quite possible to eliminate any physician, almost legally, and it is entirely up to the conscience, good faith, thoroughness and fairness of the hospital powers, not the process itself, whether a physician will be treated rightfully or not. I try to raise awareness about this problem through my tweets http://twitter.com/ShammedDoc and the Shammed Doc bolg http://shammeddoc.blogspot.com/

Submitted on October 23, 2010, 9:51 am By DONALD BUDACZ

DR .MARK DON'T GIVE UP MY PRAYS GO WITH YOU. 10/23/2010

Submitted on October 22, 2010, 2:42 pm By Uwe Mueller RN, BSN, MBA

As an unbiased, minimally-informed reader of the stories about this scenario I find it extremely hard to believe that Dr. Midei did not encounter some resistance from his assistive staff when he was supposedly stenting "unoccluded" arteries. As a cath lab nurse and director the expectation was that there was a team environment with agreement of the degree (percentage) of artery occlusion. Seasoned technologists and nurses were encouraged to voice their objection in a professional manner and the cardiologists often accepted their recommendations. To that end, I am hard pressed to believe that the St. Joseph's Cath Lab operated in such a vacuum that no one raised a red flag about his clinical modus operandi. I wonder who this doctor offended for St. Joseph's leadership to go to such extreme measures. Further, anything short of a double blinded independent peer review of Dr. Midei's procedures taking all clinical evidence into consideration would never hold up in court. Reading the level and kind of support that Dr. Mark Midei is receiving here I wish him the best and hope that he is exonerated beyond any doubt.

Submitted on October 22, 2010, 5:42 am By valerie parks franz

I was a Nurse Manager at the hospital where Mark Midei was an Intern and completed his residency. He continued his career and pratice there for several years. Therefore I knew and worked wioth him for many years.I have the highest regards for him and when my son needed a cardologist,I selected Dr.Midei. Therefore when this information was released concerning him and his practice, I knew IT WAS NOT THE TRUTH, AND WHEN PEOPLE DISCUSSED THE ISSUE, I replied that I would never believe what was reported about him. Therefore when I saw that he is now hired defense and speaking out, I was pleased and hope to add my support to him

Submitted on October 21, 2010, 5:36 pm By Dennis Kucharczyk

I worked for 5 years at St. Joes in the Er and hold Mark in the highest regard. I always felt he was one of the most caring and professional Doctors I had the opportunity to interact with. Personaly I have never believed any of the allegations against Mark. I can truthfully say that if I needed a cardiac cath tomorrow and could pick any surgeon I wanted to perform the procedure without hesitation I would choose Mark Midei. I pray that you are vindicated of these charges Mark. Dennis

Submitted on October 21, 2010, 1:53 pm By Joseph R, Kudrick

Dr. Midei placed a stent in my artery in 2007. He did not pressure me to have it done, but told me what my options were including open heart surgery. I was so impressed with his honesty and his obvious medical talent, I felt compelled to send him a letter of appreciation with a copy to Mr. John Tolmie, CEO of St. Josephs at the time. In that letter I told Dr. Midei and John Tolmie that Dr. Midei had become one of my heroes. In s return letter to me, Mr. Tolmie wrote that De. Midei was an outstanding physician with clinical skills and compassion for his patients. I believed that then and believe that now. I support Dr. Midei in his effort to clear his name and pray he succeeds. I do not believe one single solitary negative thing they have said and written about Dr. Mideia. Best of luck Dr. Midei and like they cheered on President Harry Truman, "Give em hell Mark."

Submitted on October 21, 2010, 1:06 pm By Howard L Alderman Jr

I met Mark and his family when his son and mine started Loyola-Blakefield High School. Although I have never needed Mark's professional expertise (thankfully), I know Mark to be an honorable man. Having discussed Mark's skills over the years with friends and acquaintances that have been the recipient of his medical skill, I have always said that if I needed cardiac care, Mark is the first doctor that I would consult. Professional judgment, especially medical judgment, can always be second-guessed. Memories of what a person was told or how a person felt at any particular time tend to fade with the passage of time; I suspect that the fading increases in tough economic times when people are courted into climbing on the proverbial "money train." Questions remain about the role (if any) that his former 'partner' had in this whole affair after Mark elected to remain at St. Joe's. I wish Mark and his family well.

Submitted on October 11, 2010, 12:15 pm By Avanthi Doppalapudi

I worked as a medical resident with Dr.Midei around 3-4 years ago and had great respect for him ever since. I now live in Hershey, PA and was going through the web and found this terrible news. I am deeply shocked at what I read though i do not know as to what came out of this finally. I hope he is doing fine and still working cause he does a great job. My thoughts and prayers will always be there during his difficult times.

Submitted on October 7, 2010, 8:44 am By Peggy Lambdin

I would very much like it if you would post my comments in support of Dr. Midei. I want him to know that I support him in every way. He saved my life and nothing that anybody says will ever change my mind on that. I could not breath and woke up 3 times in the middle of the night feeling like I was drowning, so they can send me 100 letters saying I wasn't blocked enough for stents and I would still support Dr. Midei's decision to put those stents in me. Who cares if I have to take blood thinners for the rest of my life. I'm alive and that's good enough for me !!!!! Thanks, Peggy Lambdin

Submitted on October 5, 2010, 2:07 pm By Wayne and Cindy Schafer

I don't care what they say about Dr. Mark Midei he saved my husband's life, and to us this whole ordeal is all about getting money and not about a good doctor doing the best for his patients. He helped my mother-in-law and uncle also so class action lawyers, we won't be getting our settlement but we'll be seeing you in court in support of the good doctor! Please contact my husband if you need his testimony Wayne Mark Schafer 410-419-1138 we did receive a letter but do not care because we are in support of Dr. Midei

Submitted on September 5, 2010, 6:16 pm By Roger Blumenthal

Mark taught me a great deal about Cardiology. I have know Denise and Mark for many years. He has been a great friend. Mark has always been a superb physician. I strongly suspect that some of the borderline narrowings that were stented were done in persons with recurrent chest discomfort or in the setting of troponin elevations (heart muscle enzyme rises due to damage to the heart muscle). Several years ago many interventional physicians preferred to put in stents in persons with chest pain, because they did not feel that medical therapy was as good. The standard of care is different in 2009 and 2010. I hope that his witchhunt ends soon and that Mark will be vindicated.

Submitted on August 30, 2010, 8:14 pm By Ben Clark

I'll keep it brief, but just say that I am disturbed that Dr. Midei's integrity has been called into question, as he has proved himself to be of superlative character, intelligence, and honor. I have had the privledge to get to know him, and am convinced that the welfare of his patients is his true and only concern. I am more than happy to go on the record saying I have the utmost respect for him. Sincerely, Ben Clark

Submitted on August 6, 2010, 9:11 am By Janet Roehmer

I am with Kory the previous writer....Give'em hell!! I also believe in Mark Midei,M.D.

Submitted on August 5, 2010, 1:32 pm By Kory

Give'em hell. I believe in Mark Midei, M.D.

Submitted on August 3, 2010, 2:47 pm By John Wollenweber

In February 2007 I went to St. Joseph Hospital for an angioplasty which was performed by one of Doctor Midei’s associates. I was told that a stent could not be inserted and that I would need open heart surgery. After the test was reviewed by Dr Midei he came into my recovery room and he said he thought he would be able to insert the stent and avoid the necessity of open heart surgery. Dr Midei told my family that his associate was more prone to open heart surgery rather than he was to the stent procedure. I elected to have Dr Midei insert a stent which was successful. I feel that the procedure that Dr. Midei performed was the correct one and I have had no problems since. I have been able to have a normal active life without any side effects or a long recover period from open heart surgery. If the time would come that I would need additional heart evaluation I would not hesitate to use Dr. Midei. I feel as though Dr Midei saved my life. My cardiologist told my family that the blockage (close to 100%) that I had was a widow maker. Thank you again Dr. Midei John Wollenweber

Submitted on July 12, 2010, 4:15 pm By Joanne Vendetti R.N.

I too become very sad when I see and hear those advertisements against Dr. Midei. My husband was a cardiac cath pt of Dr. Midei on a Friday afternoon at about 4pm. He had experienced chest pain episodes in the past that would pass but this one was different. This one was stronger and would not pass, scaring us both. We immediately called our doctor who was only minutes away and went to his office. He determined that my husband needed a cardiac cath and St. Josephs was where he sent us. As I sat in the waiting room scared to death I was also felt confident that he had Dr. Midei doing his procedure. I was very impressed and appreciative that Dr Midei stayed late on a Friday afternoon to perform the procedure. My husband was lucky that the outcome was good for him. My husband did not require a stent and he DID NOT have one placed. Now don't you think that if stents were being placed in patients that did not require them that my husband would have gotten one just to make it worth his while for staying late on a Friday????? My husband and I feel blessed that he was under the care of Dr. Midei. Here is a very talented man, who is gifted in his work, that is now not allowed to treat patients. Does the media care about how many lives Dr. Midei has saved?? Maybe they should worry about how many lives have been lost because Dr. Midei cannot do his work. Everyone is so quick to bring suit against anyone they can for the "quick buck". It infuriates me what they have done to this man and his family. I sing Dr. Midei's praises everytime I can and I tell our story. This "witch hunt" needs to end. Dr Midei, I thank you for taking care of my husband and we wish you well. I am sorry for the pain and suffering that you and your family are going through. Keep your head held high and remember you do have many patients that continue to support you. I continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.

Submitted on June 23, 2010, 9:19 pm By Richard C. Bauer, Jr.

In March of 1999, I went to my Cardiologist, Dr. Louis Grenzer for a periodical check-up. After the usual EKG and much listening and pulse taking, he simply said,"You're staying here." Here was Mercy Hospital where his office was located. Since my handicapped(MS)wife was with me and could not drive, I knew Dr. Grenzer would not tell me to stay unless something was seriously wrong. Dr. Grenzer said that he was going to schedule me for a catheterization operation which would give him greater knowledge of my condition. I stayed in the hospital a couple of days until the operation but Dr. Grenzer checked on me frequently. I suspected something was wrong since I would become short of breath with little exertion. I found it was Dr. Midei who performed the catheterization because Dr. Grenzer told me. He also told me that Dr. Midei had found a blockage but the location would require I have bypass surgery. There was never, repeat never, any mention of stents being used. Over five years after the bypass, I found that my Grandson, Ryan Cervino, played on the same soccer team as Dr. Midei's son. It was my daughter and Ryan's Mother, Susan Cervino who told me of this web site. What a travesty for anyone in the legal profession to impugn by such scurrilous tactics anyone in the medical profession.

Submitted on June 21, 2010, 7:03 pm By Brett Mastropieri

My 26 year-old heart is strong but I owe my vision to the advocacy of Mark Midei. Shortly after graduating from VT before I was employed as an engineer, I did construction side work to make money. While using a table saw, a 2 by 4 kicked back, knocked me down, ripped through my right eye, tearing muscle, inflicting pain that I never thought possible. Transported to St. Joe's ER I was triaged as urgent but not life threatening. The nurse gave me gauze and told me to press firmly over my wound. While I sat waiting to be seen without the benefit of pain medication I thought about calling my mother,a nurse practitioner, but it was her birthday and my Dad surprised her with a trip to Newport RI. Since they rarely get away, I didn't want to spoil their weekend. As the pain increased and my vision deteriorated I knew I had to do something to get help so I ask the nurse to call Dr. Midei to tell him that I was in the ER and needed to see him. Within minutes he arrived in scrubs, assessed my condition , arranged for plastic surgery, consulted with a retinal specialist, tracked down my parents in Newport, located my brother, and got me the pain medication that I needed. Since I went under general anesthesia and was heavily sedated, Dr. Midei waited until I was ready to be discharged then drove me to his home later that evening. He and his wife Denise took care of me until my parents arrived that night after a 7 hour drive down I 95. Knowing that my injury was substantial, he called a colleague of his from Hopkins and arranged an 8am appointment the following day to save my vision. I owe a great deal to Dr. Midei. He is truly what the Loyola Dons call " A Man For Others" Thank you, Brett

Submitted on June 18, 2010, 8:58 pm By kathy geiman

I just wanted to say that I am praying for you and your family.My mother ,my uncle and my sister are all doing well with your care. Thank you for all the care you gave them and also the patients of the St Clare outreach .Keep strong and May God bless you and yours. Sincerely Kathy Geiman R.N.

Submitted on June 15, 2010, 9:48 am By Kimberly Bartolomeo Vantran

As I said in my first posting this winter - I am an RN and first worked with Mark at Church Home Hospital in 1988. I am so tird of hearing the tv ads and reading the print media all blasting him so negatively. It is great that we have this forum to \"vent\" on - but I wonder what else we could be doing to help? I feel that \"his\" side should speak out more - through his lawyers or PR - to spread the word of all of these postings and how many people are in complete support of Mark. We need to create a media frenzy in the positive - to counteract all of the recent blah blah blah by the lawyers. Obviously we still support Mark and Denise. He is still someone that we hold up as an example to our four boys - of what you can become with hard work and a caring attitude! Eric - thx for maintaing the site! Kim and John Vantran

Submitted on June 14, 2010, 5:54 pm By Steve Sullivan

Several years ago Dr. Midei was recommended to me to do the cauterization on my sister. He found a blockage in her arteries and also found an aneurysm in her stomach. He could have inserted a stent but choose not to. He recommended bypass surgery. He was caring and extremely professional. She's alive and well today. I hope I never need the procedure but if I did I'd prefer to have Dr. Midei available to do it. I've spoken to several nurses that worked with him on a very informal basis. They all spoke extremely highly of him.

Submitted on June 14, 2010, 3:25 pm By Janice Shipley

The patients I know who have had stents implanted by Dr. Midei have done so well in the long term. He's the one doctors at St. Joseph's called on when they have a difficult case they felt they couldn't handle. Richard Daniel is one, Frederick Petrich another. He also operated on my mother. She has called one of the law firms to let them know she wouldn't be filing a suit. If I needed stents today, he would be my number one choice. I'm hoping and praying Dr. Midei will be able to practice again.

Submitted on June 13, 2010, 5:18 pm By donald budacz

TO ADD ON TO MYLAST REMARK. DR MARK MIDEL PUT 5 STSNT IN ME.AS APERSON AND DOCTOR IWOULD TRUST HIM WITH MY TOO THE END. GOD BLESS HIM. DON BUDACZ

Submitted on June 12, 2010, 8:51 am By Aubrey Pinder

Hello, I was referred to Dr. Midei by my family doctor (Dr. Kashi)because I had failed a pro-op for a knee operation, because there was a problem with my heart. Dr. Midei did a cather on me at St. Joeseph Hospital. He informed me prior to the cather ,that is a stent was needed he would put it in while he was there . Well.....he didn't put in a stent,but instead after I was brought from the operation room, he and my Cardiologist(Dr Sadji) calmly and politlyin formed me that it would be a VERY risky operation for me ,because of where the stent would have to be placedand he advised that I take a drug called Renexa which my hel.-------Now to me that is honesty and professionalism at it's best. Could he have put an unnessesary stent in me ,sure, but he didn't because he felt it was unnessesary. I trusted Dr. Midei with my life and I would do it again if needed. His honesty and bed manners are to be applauded. If ever needed to be questioned in his defence, I would gladly stand tall and state how I feel. I am a retired International Union Representative and value my word as my bond-----This is a good man being mistreated and slandered for without merrit.

Submitted on June 12, 2010, 6:31 am By Michael W Burke

Tis great this site exists. Thankyou. My medical care and subsequent tx with Dr. Mark involved leaves me convinced something very unjust is happening at St. Joe's. He was kind , respectful, considerate and confidence building with me. He instilled a trust for his experience and knowledge. My 1st stents were diagnosed and executed by Dr. Mistali and Dr. Nair. Some months later my severe heart disease kicked me in the butt and Dr. Midei determined my additional vessel blockage was serious enough to avoid more stents and have Dr. Na check the pictures of my cath. Together it was decided 4 way bypass was the better tx. The entire time Mark was attentive, encouraging and professional without being stuffy. He was very present in the moment with me. He also laughed at my "nervous" jokes. I'm not all that funny. After surgery and recoup....some months later I had chest discomfort, went to my Cardio and was cathed again to see what was up. Mark did that cath and concluded all was well, the bypass was intack and blood flow excellent. He stated it was great to see me doing so well. It turned out my chest discomfort was reflux troubles diagnosed by my GI. When Mark and Dr. Na came to me to explain need for open heart surgery instead of stents, Mark mentioned he could put in more stents but in the long run they wouldn't be enough to really help me. Surgery was the better tx. Turned out he was right as Dr. Na found out after going into my chest. I received magnificent care, tx and emotional support from the entire cardiac team at St. Joseph's. It has been four yrs and I am doing great, soley because Dr. Mark Midei and the other cardiac team members knew what they were doing. Mark, you and yours are in my prayers and a big THANKYOU from me. Best regards......Michael

Submitted on June 12, 2010, 2:22 am By donald budacz

dr. midei did all my stents . iwould have him as my heart doctor anytime. don budacz

Submitted on June 11, 2010, 8:33 pm By Dennis Kucharczyk

I worked as the Unit Clerk in the ER at St. Joes for 5 years and as a PAF spending a fair amount of time in the cardiac prep and recovery area. I am shocked to hear the accusations being made against Mark. In my humble opinion he was the most talented and caring interventionalist anyone could ask for. I have recommended him to two of my friends who needed a cardiac cath and both of them loved him. Even today, with all the criticism surrounding him if I need a cardiac cath my first choice for the Doctor to perform it would be Mark Midei. My best wishes go with you Mark and I hope you are vindicated of all allegations against you.

Submitted on June 9, 2010, 9:49 pm By Voula

Our family has known the Midei family for over 15 years.. 2 of our sons attended school with their sons.. The entire family is one of the kindest group of people you could ever meet!! On a personal note when I was having great difficulty with my weight.. Mark was a great comfort to me and answered many questions I had related to my heart and my weight..For anyone that has ever dealt with a severe weight problem you can't imagine what it felt like not to be judged especially by a cardoiologist!! I will aways be thankful for the very kind man who took the time from his family at a school event to listen to my fears and questions and to help me through possibly one of the most difficult times of my life!!

Submitted on June 9, 2010, 8:24 pm By Eric Kirschner M.D.

I had the great privilege of knowing Mark throughout premed and medical school training. Having lost touch with him, I learned of these unfortunate allegations during a recent speaking engagement in Baltimore. Mark has long stood as one of the brightest and most highly motivated individuals I have ever known. He remained firmly at the top of our medical class and earned the respect of both fellow students as well as professors and clinicians. His subsequent achievements and reputation attest to his ongoing passion for excellence. I join all of you in extending moral support to Mark in this difficult time. Let us keep him and his family in our prayers and hope for a rapid and fair resolution to these issues.

Submitted on June 7, 2010, 5:41 am By Jane E. Fahringer-Fischer

Hi, I have had to re-write this as I couldn't figure out the first time the "code" at the bottom, and had to get out and call my computer-savvy daughter to understand it. Frustraying. Anyway, Dr. Midei put my original pacemaker in, on an emergancy basis 10 years ago, and was wonderful, highly recommended by my primary MD. Last year, again on an emergency basis(due this time to problems at MidAtlantic, which I had left just weeks before) Dr. Midei again replaced my pacemaker. (Both times he carefully avoided cutting a small blue butterfly tattoo on my shoulder). Both times I had the same fine, professinal, skilled, compassionate care that Dr. Midei gives. I consider him to be an outstanding professional, doctor, and surgeon and would not heisatate to have him as my surgeon again, for any heart -related care. I regret that this is happening to Dr.Midei, and I hope it can be proven false. Let me know if there is anything I can do. Thanks, Sincerely Jane E.F.Fischer,

Submitted on June 7, 2010, 4:35 am By Jane.E.F. Fischer

Hi, Dr. Midei set my pacemaker a few years ago, on an emergency basis, and redid it a year ago this Spring, again on an emergency basis(due to mis calculations at Mid Atlantic[whom I had left weeks before on suspicion of not treating patients right]). I have found Dr.Midei to be a kind, and very profession doctor and cannot imagine that he would do any of these things. Why would he bother? With his skill and level of expertise , and again, his proffesionalism, I do not belive it for a minute. He is a caring, compassionate, skilled proffessional,, which we need more of. Thanke you, Sincerely Jane

Submitted on June 6, 2010, 8:51 pm By Douglas Brunner

I worked at St. Joseph for many years and during that time ran into Mark a number of times. Based on my impressions and those of other people that worked with him I feel that there is some kind of witch hunt going on. I hope that at some point in the future the truth will come out and that Mark will be cleared. In the meantime, I wish him and his family the best.

Submitted on June 6, 2010, 10:09 am By William (Bill) Gavin

I have a long history of heart problems. Bypass surgery in 1981 and again in 1994. Chest pain started again in 2004 and I was in total fear of another bypass operation, but I got to St Joe\'s and was fortunate enough to get Dr. Midei who did the cath and inserted stents to clear a blockage. I have been symptom free ever since. I feel that he saved my life and saved me the discomfort of another bypass operation. I hate to see all the bad press about him in the papers, I don\'t think he deserves it and I am appalled at the lawyers ready to feast on him and his insurance company. They have already convicted him in the public\'s eye without having heard from him. I wish him well.

Submitted on June 6, 2010, 9:22 am By Gene Ray

At about 4:00 AM on a Sunday morning in September, 1997, I went to St Joseph's emergency room with chest pains. Dr. Midei saw me in the emergency room, determined that I was having a heart attack, and had a previous one in the past. He was a very concerned and caring doctor. He stabilized me and had me admitted. A catheterization was done a couple of days later. He explained everything to me and my wife very clearly and we understand the possibility of a stent or cardiac bypass. He determined that the bypass surgery was needed and on Oct. 3 1997 (that day was also our 26th wedding anniversary) Dr. John Laschinger performed a quadruple bypass. I am seeing Dr. Michael Drossner a cardiologist on a regular basis since then . I have had no other episodes and my stress tests and blood work has been fine. Probably should lose 20 pounds or so. I am not a medical expert but I feel I received the best care and 13 years is the proof. I don't know the political issues between St. Joseph's and Dr. Midei but I believe the hospital through him under the bus for some reason. In conclusion, I would be a patient of Dr. Midei's again, and trust him 100%.

Submitted on June 6, 2010, 6:05 am By Pat Ray

One early morning in September of 1997, when my husband woke up at 3:30 a.m. with chest pain there was only one place we would go and that was St. Joseph Hospital. After making the mistake of driving him myself he was immediately admitted and guess who was called in at 4:40 a.m. to treat him - you guessed it - Dr. Mark Midei. Dr. Midei was so extremely knowledgeable and compassionate to both my husband and me. We were fairly young at the time and thought we knew everything about heart attacks, procedures, etc. My husband had a catheterization two days later by none other than Dr. Midei when it was discovered that a stent(s) would not be the course of treatment, but heart bypass surgery would be what he needed. I can still remember Dr. Midei in his kind bedside manner telling me that he needed to look at all his tests to be sure, but that he determined he was a candidate for the surgery. Needless to say, he was correct, and on our 26th wedding anniversary my husband survived a quadruple bypass and is still alive and more active than ever. Thank you, Dr. Mark Midei for making the right decision about my husband\'s health and well being that day in the cath lab. We feel terrible for you and your family that you must go through the pain of this ordeal so unnecessarily. You are and always be the best. This is a tragic loss for the medical community!

Submitted on June 6, 2010, 5:00 am By Elizabeth Hauenstein

I have known Mark Midei since 1995; I was a volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital. In my encounters with Dr. Midei I found him to be an intelligent and likeable gentleman. My own cardiologist even recommended that if I ever needed heart surgery I should go only to Dr. Midei because of his high skill level and competency. I am disappointed that Mid-Atlantic's "then-CEO" has set off this maelstorm against Dr. Midei, upsetting his patients, and possibly jeopardizing the health of other patients because of his vendetta against a very fine physician. Dr. Midei has my full support.

Submitted on June 5, 2010, 6:28 pm By Patricia Gibbs

Dr. Medei has performed several cardiac caths on my mother, Pat. One time she had a ballon angioplasty done, and she did not require a stent in any of her procedures. When she went in to for her test, she could not walk farther than a couple of dozen steps without losing her breath, and she could not raise her arms above her head. After the procedure both of these situations improved, and she felt noticably better. Several years after her last procedure she underwent bypass surgery for multiple blockages. IF it is true that Dr. Medei did stents that were not needed, then why didn't he give my mother one when he did his testing? Because she did not need one at the time! She would have been a prime candidate for him to add a stent to, but he did not feel that it was medically necessary. My mother trusted this man with her life, and said if she needed a cath today she would choose Dr. Medei in a heartbeat over other doctors. I would do the same if I needed a doctor. This man is a high caliber, talented individual that deserves better than he is getting right now.

Submitted on June 1, 2010, 11:25 am By Wayne Mark Schafer, Sr.

In April of 2003 I was having severe chest pains. I am a small business owner who doesn't like to miss work for anything. I thought the pains were indigestion, and it lasted over a day. The next day I could take no more, so St. Joseph Medical center, in pain. Needless to say, Dr. Midei treated me and I had a stent placed in my heart , having been told I was having a heart attack the whole time! I felt 150% better after the stent, in fact, better than I had felt in a very long time. I would like to express my heartfelt sincere appreciation to Dr. Midei for releiving my pain and discomfort and returning my quality of life to where it was. Since then I have made healthy changes to my life as the whole expereience and talking with Dr. Midei had made a positive impact on me. I am in total support of Dr. Midei. In my opinion he is a doctor whose goal has been to cure and to heal, and if a patient is in pain then the doctor should do what they can to fix the problem. I'm really upset with all these folks who want to question his ethics and jump on the "big money bandwagon" when I feel they should be battling and demanding better insurance and higher insurance standards. These companies are in essense saying, "If your leg is only 40% broken then your doctor is not allowed to fix it, but if he does we will sue the crap out of him and you can jump on the bandwagon." How is this going to fix a problem in a broken society? If anything it is just taking a wonderful doctor and putting him thru the ringer, even if and when they find him just in his ethics, it will have already ruined his reputation when in fact he should be out there helping people like you and me. My wife's uncle, Brian Vecchio of Bel Air also had his life saved by Dr. Midei with a stent, and feels the same way. If you need me to write a letter to anyone, please let us know. My wife has called St. Josephs several times to find out where we can send a letter but has not gotten a response (YET). I told her to call again today. Thank you Dr. Midei and hang in there, Wayne Mark Schafer

Submitted on June 1, 2010, 10:48 am By Shura Kendzierski-Shontz

I worked in the Cardiac Cath Lab at St. Joseph's for ten years spanning from the late 80's to the 90's. I started when there was only one room and the "stent revolution" hadn't hit Baltimore yet. I remember when Dr. Mark Midei first came to the lab and started working there. He was amazing! I stood beside him assisting for hundreds of cases, got called in the middle of the night for emergencies, and worked long, long, days with him. To say that he is good at what he does is an understatement. The man has a rare gift and it is a crime that it has been taken away from him. Although I have not been involved in any of the cases that are under scrutiny, I can say that I have never seen him to act unethically in any way for the whole time I had the pleasure of working with him. He SAVED countless lives! Those of us who have and do work in that environment know that politics play a big part of health care, unfortunately. I stand by Dr. Mark Midei and would still choose him over any other cardiologist if ever I needed those services. God Bless you, Mark!

Submitted on June 1, 2010, 10:09 am By Richard A. Moore

Perhaps 10 or 12 years ago, while under the care of Dr. Porterfield, I was sent to Dr. Midei for a heart cath to investigate the state of a bypass of a right coronary artery that was performed in 1977 at the time I was getting my aortic valve replaced. The cath revealed that the bypass had closed completely but Dr. Midei recommended NO STINT was necessary since nearby blood vessels had taken over the supply of blood necessary. This is hardly the response one would expect from someone who was pushing unnecessary stint implants.Since then I have served on a local school board with Dr. Midei\'s wife and have come to realize what a community minded family is the Midei family.

Submitted on May 30, 2010, 7:02 pm By romeo valianti

I forgot to add to the letter I just sent, I am proud when I can say , I know Dr. Mark Medei

Submitted on May 30, 2010, 6:51 pm By romeo valianti

When I went to St. Joseph;s Hospital for a heart Cath couple years ago, I met a very nice doctor named Dr. mark Medei who gave me a heart Cath, Explained to me that I did not need a stent and all my blood veins were working quite well, He was determined not to relieve me from the hospital until I received a shot of potassium which he felt was needed, If I had a son, I would want him exactly like Dr. Mark Medei who when he is attending you in a hospital setting or in am examination room, you become his only patient. His personal attention is needed in todays medical society which in many cases is absent from patients. If any one of my friends or just people asking me to recommend Dr, Medei speciality, I would certainly recommend him without hesitation. As a world war 11 and Korean Veteran , this is the kind of person one would want in you fox hole.

Submitted on May 29, 2010, 3:28 pm By Donna Calder

I knew Mark when he was an intern, resident, fellow in cardiology at Hopkins. I have the upmose respect for him and he was always a great guy. I feel that they are making this out to be more than what it is. Mark, your are in my prayers and hopefully this will all go away. Take care, Donna Strade-Calder

Submitted on May 27, 2010, 10:14 am By Gary Ingber

Just found this site- way to go, Eric! What a tribute to the kind of man Mark Midei is. I've climbed two mountains with Mark, raising funds for breast cancer vaccine research. Mark has won my utmost respect. The tort sharks and their clients circling for blood have won my utmost disdain. Let's all hope that in the end karma and justice win out, and Mark can get back to where he belongs- climbing mountains and saving lives.

Submitted on May 25, 2010, 8:11 am By Jon Guth

I know Dr. Mark Midei personally, and his wife Denise. I have known him to be nothing short of professional, ehtical, upstanding, and a deeply caring person. The media has blown this entire situation way out of proportion and the sheister malpractice attorneys are like vultures to a fresh kill, waiting for the opportunity to personally prosper, no matter the consequences. Dr. Midei has my utmost respect and support. Jonathan Guth

Submitted on May 25, 2010, 3:41 am By William Richards

I underwent cardiac catheterization at St. Joseph's Hospital under the skilled hand of Dr. Midei on June 6, 2001. Dr. Midei informed me afterwards that my arteries were clear and no stents were required. However the current allegations in the press may be resolved in court, I appreciate his service and wish him well.

Submitted on May 24, 2010, 4:25 pm By Anne Boone-Simanski

I would trust this man over ANYONE. Period.

Submitted on May 24, 2010, 4:16 pm By Joe Katona

My relationship with Dr. Midei began in January 2008. During a follow up catheterization which I requested to attempt the stenting of a blockage, it was discovered that I needed bypass surgery. My origial stent that was 6 weeks old had clogged with my own scar tissue. Dr. Midei refused to stent me even though I really preferred that option. This proves to me Dr. Midei was not just stenting for stents sake. He then assisted me in making contact with Dr. Finney, which saved my life. While waiting in the stent recovery area he followed up no less than 4 times personally to see if I was being taken care of and had make contact with Dr. Finney. To me his integrity is solid, dependable, and beyond reproach. I would put my life in his hands again at any time. It

Submitted on May 24, 2010, 12:28 pm By David R. Smith

Eleven years ago this month, Mark Midei diagnosed serious cardiac blockage and I elected surgery - five bypasses were eventually performed during a single surgery. I have not developed a need for stents, which I feel is a result of the superior surgery performed at the hospital. Subsequent to the surgery, I got to know Dr Medei on a more personal basis. I find it incomprehensible that he would ever recommend, or perform, an unnecessary procedure. I have complete confidence in his ability and, more importantly, his ethics. Our "sue happy" society has gone seriously wrong. If someone dislikes something, they can always find a lawyer to pursue the wrongdoer, regardless of the issue. Mark has my full support

Submitted on May 24, 2010, 10:20 am By Dick Ellwood

I have not had a stent put in, but I was under Doctor Midei's care two times. In the past few years, I have been to St. Joseph hospital to have a cardiac catherization. As everyone knows, this is a scary procedure. I can tell you that both times, Doctor Midei was very professional and cared about my medical condition. My cardiolgist is Doctor Denna Rao and after both procedures, I talked with Doctor Midei and he assured me that I did not need a stent. From reading the newspapaers and listening to the news channels, they would want everyone to believe that Doctor Midei put a stent in everyone that he came in contact with. I don't know Doctor Midei personally, but from what I do know, he appears to be a honorable man and a very good Doctor...........I wish him well.

Submitted on May 23, 2010, 6:23 pm By Helen Elmore

Why would any one want to be a surgeon? You spend hundreds of thousands on your education, many years of building expertise and trust, and then sleezy lawyers make it their mission to take you down. But fortunately for those who have benefited by their bravery, talent, and skill, heroes like Mark Midea do continue to pursue a medical career. Patients look up at Dr.s from their beds and with pleading eyes and say\" Save me \" like the Dr. is God. And thousands of lives Mark has saved. But it looks as though many of these people are turning their backs on the one that saved them because they have been manipulated by lawyers with the dangling carrot of lots of money. It is all so disgusting. I have known Mark and his family for the 9 years that our sons attended school together. I was always so amazed how this man would show up for sports practices, games, plays, awards ceremonies for ALL 4 of his kids and this was after a day of saving peoples lives. Oh, and then in his spare time he and his wife would host fund raising events for the different schools and then train to climb mountains to raise money for cancer research. When ever I stood next to Mark I just wanted to ask him as many questions as I could about what it was like to be in the critical situation where someones life was in his hands. I was always so fascinated by how selfless he was and how pure he was in his intentions. These lawyers who are ambulance chasing have know idea what that moment is like. They are despicable, as are those who join the suit, and the media who is so eager to print \" the story\". Shame on the Sun papers. I pray for truth and justice every day for Mark and his family.

Submitted on May 23, 2010, 11:03 am By Joseph Charles Healy

I was one of the patients of Dr. Medei who received a letter from St. Joseph's. At that time I sent a letter to the hospital in support of Dr. Midei, saying that I believe he actually saved my life. I still believe that, and I'm sure that all this hype has been created by the malpractice lawyers, the former partners of Dr. Midei at Midatlantic, and cheerfully publicized by the media who are anxious to destroy a good man's reputation and a good hospital which refuses to perform abortions. I would be glad to testify in his behalf although I have no medical credentials to support my thoughts. I do not know Dr. Midei, and would not recognize him if I were to see him, since I only have seen him in his operating room garb.

Submitted on May 22, 2010, 12:45 pm By Holly Gibson Coombs

I'm not sure how well I know "Dr. Midei" but I do know Mark Midei very well. His younger sister, Megan, is a dear friend, and we grew up together, Megan and me, each of us with our two older brothers, in a middle class suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, on a short street with a culdesac. We played and enjoyed the creative activities of our brothers, including back yard olympics and wiffle ball. Even back then Mark's uniqueness and gifts were recognizable to all. I haven't had much opportunity to spend time with Mark since the days of my childhood, but I know that when my own dad needed stents a few years ago we called on Mark, and he was there. When a friend's husband had a scare with some heart problems, I called Mark, and he was there. When Mark and his family were home for his father's funeral (another great man of character, by the way), I got to talk to him only briefly, and he reminded me with just a few passing comments of the importance of family and forgiveness and faith and trust and decency. Though I am not close to Mark now, I do think there is a bond that comes from sharing childhood experiences and a commonality of backgrounds, and I continue to remain close to his sister, who reflects the same quality of character and human decency and goodness that was taught well and modeled for all three of the Midei children throughout their childhood and even well into their adult lives by their parents, Betty and Gene Midei. I am often disappointed and frustrated with the wickedness in our world and with the way that we all can sometimes be deceived into thinking that wrong is right and that doing the right thing is actualy wrong. I grieve for the heartache this must surely be causing his mother, but hold to the faith that God has a plan, and that Mark (and his family) will live it out as it appears that he has done his entire life.

Submitted on May 19, 2010, 7:46 pm By Patricia C Johnson

I had a heart attack last December I was not treated by Dr Midei however inn the process of being treated I met a lot of people who either knew him.worked with him or had had touch with him in some way.Each one thought he was a wonderful boss,doctor and person.My heart was touched by their loyalty and I just knew that he could not have possibly done any of the things he has been accused of and that there is some awful reason why he is in this situation.The truth will prevail and in the meantime I will pray for Dr Midei and his family and hope an answer will come soon.One person told me that if she needed surgery she would want him to perform it,one more can one say.

Submitted on May 7, 2010, 7:49 pm By JoAnn Wingate

I was a patient at St. Jos. hospital in June of 1998, I went to the E.R. with chest pain, they kept me overnight, I was checked out thoroughly by a cardioligist and released around 6p.m. the next day. No further problems even to date, with chest pain. I don't remember the doc's name, but it was'nt Mark Midei. In 2005 or 2006 my husband John had to go to St, Jos. for a heart cath. His doctor was Mark Midei, His findings were that John was o.k. and nothing needed to be done. I was very impressed with his demeanor and his bedside manner, as were my husband and our two grown daughters. I said to my husband at that time, "this man (Mark Midei ) has a beautiful soul". When whoever decided to go after Dr. Midie, making him the scapegoat, or creating this witch hunt began, I received a letter stating it was possible that my stent ,may not have been needed at all, blaming Dr. Midei. Since I've never had a stent I threw the letter away. I wonder how many other people rec'd those letters in error?. My husband did not receive a letter.I am sick and tired of seeing these ads in the paper all the time. Is there nothing we can do? Who owns St. Jos.?, was there a recent change in ownership? Eric, thank you for this web site, I will continue to pray for Mark, his family and friends everyday. I am a computer illiterate, this is the first time I ever posted anything, second try, hope it works. JoAnn

Submitted on May 6, 2010, 2:47 pm By Lois Boyer

Dr. Midei took care of my husband Randy Boyer when he collapsed at our gym in 1998. Dr. Midei performed a catheterization at St. Joseph Hospital and he kept me informed both before and after the procedure. (My husband was fine.) I wish to thank Dr. Midei for his excellent care and personal concern, and I am grateful for the skills Dr. Midei. Lois Boyer Towson, Maryland

Submitted on April 18, 2010, 4:19 pm By Marcia Bernstein

Dr. Midei saved my husband's life several years ago. He needed a by-pass but all of the doctors involved knew that if his heart was stopped it most likely would not start again. Dr. Midei did the by-pass using stents. When he came out to talk to me (over 4 hours later) he was totally exhausted but still took his time with our family and then took us in to see my husband. He handed me his card and told me to call him if anything happens no matter what time or day it was. While this "witch hunt" is dragging on an excellent Cardiologist and Surgeon is being kept from saving other people's lives. Dr. Midei has mine and my entire families support whenever needed to help with this horrible and unnecessary situation.

Submitted on April 15, 2010, 8:53 am By Terry Hollifield

I worked with Dr. Midei as a nurse at Church Home Hospital. He was the first doctor at the hospital to perform Cardiac Caths in a hospital that did not have open heart surgery. He was really go with the patients and nurses. I do not believe he would have done anything to put a patient in jeopardy.

Submitted on April 8, 2010, 10:41 am By Mildred Torrealba

I met Dr Midei one very early morning, 3am, when my preterm-of-twins-patient developed an arrythmia. Needless to say, I was very nervous, since, as a Labor and Delivery nurse, I know a lot about birthing babies, but not much about arrythmias! His kindness and demeanor to both my patient and to me has had a lasting effect. I am deeply saddened with this witch hunt against him. I hope the best for him and his family.

Submitted on April 7, 2010, 1:22 pm By Lauren May

Hello- I met Denise through tennis and my husband, Chris, is an anesthesiologist at St. Joe's. I cannot tell you how many people ask us what we think about what is going on. We are sick over it. The lawyers are thinking of nothing but their own windfall and not of the Mideis nor any of Mark's patients. Chris and I look forward to Mark's return to helping people. Mark, if you are reading this, we live just a few blocks from you. I pass your home daily and say a prayer everyday that good will win this time. Lauren May

Submitted on April 7, 2010, 12:40 pm By Gray Manna

There is not a single day that goes by i don't give THANKS to Mark Midei! I was 37 years old when i was rushed to GBMC and found out i was suffering from a massive heart attack. i overheard them say it was a widowmaker. The next thing i knew i was swept away in another ambulance to St. Joseph's cath lab. Within minutes, there i was on the table staring at my heart on a monitor in front of me scared to death! There was a doctor with a mask on doing the procedure and telling me to "calm down i am going to get you through this". The only thing i could see was his eyes and i had aked his name, he said it was Mark. Well, when the procedure was finished and they were getting ready to wheel me out and i had asked when will i need to see him again. Mark said " trust me, you don't want to see me again". However, i did go back 1 month later to have an additional stent put in and requested Mark Midea, the day of the procedure he was runnig behind do to 3 emergency operations that were flown in by helicopter. I was informed 3 times that it will be a long wait for Dr. Midea we have other Doctors that could do the procedure. I had informed the staff that i will wait as long as it takes for Dr. Midea to do my stent. In my mind i would not be here today if it wasn't for Mark Midea saving my life!!!! So Thank you so much Mark for all the lives you touch and save every day. I am sure the lawyers with all the ads on tv and radio and all the money spent on a smear campaign NEVER ONCED SAVED A LIFE!!!!!!

Submitted on April 5, 2010, 8:53 am By Connie Krebs Bison

I have known Mark both as the friend for many years and the wife of a patient. As I read the comments posted here I can only echo the sentiments so many others have expressed. This situation is disgusting to me on so many levels. St Josephs spent lots of money touting themselves as \"The Heart Hospital\" in a large part BECAUSE Mark Midei was there, yet hurried into total CYA mode when Mark\'s work was questioned. The facts will show that the hospital made a HUGE mistake by not standing by the doctor who brought them so much notoriety and that other doctors call \"the best in our area.\" Equally disgusting to me are the area lawyers who try to whip the public into a feeding frenzy with lure of a financial settlement for...what??? A large payday for the law firms themselves is the sole motivation there. Unscrupulous use of our judicial system in this way only serves to perpetuate the notion that if you can get enough people to say something, you can turn truth into lies and get a big payday for it. My hope is that this situation will prove that the good guys do win and those who chose to start this false hysteria will be the ones who are left looking ridiculous with a big bill for all the work they put into trying to ruin someone who did nothing to deserve such horrendous treatment. Our community has experienced a huge loss now that Mark is not practicing. I hope I do not need a heart cath any time soon because I do not know who I can trust with my life. I want Mark Midei.

Submitted on April 4, 2010, 8:28 pm By Gail Goering

Thank you so much for taking the time to support this wonderful family. Mark and sons recently stopped what they were doing to pull me out of the snow.

Submitted on April 2, 2010, 11:04 am By Sally D Bashaar

I am very appreciative of the care Dr Midei provided to my husband and myself for stent placement. Dr Midei takes the time to examine the patient, understand the history, review the symptoms and perform the cardiac cath. His clinical skills,knowledge and judgement are known by all who have worked with him. St Josephs hospital is trying to instill fear in the cardiac patients with their letters. Films alone do not tell you about the patient. Dr Midei looks at the whole patient,makes clinical decisions, and provides comfort and relief of the clinical symptoms. I believe he saved my life.

Submitted on March 31, 2010, 5:36 pm By Craig Mathaney

I first met Dr. Mark Midei in 1998 following some episodes of chest and radiating arm pain; which I had ignored much longer than I should. I was referred to him by my family doctor of about 30 years, Marcio Menendez. In Dr. Menendez's own words, he told me that Dr. Midei was the best at heart catheterization and angioplasty; and, that he would be the one to whom he would go if he was experiencing the same symptoms. As it turned out, the catheterization showed a 90 to 95% blockage in my right coronary artery. Dr. Midei performed angioplasty to widen the artery; and because of its close proximity to another artery branch, he felt it unwise to use a stent due to possibilities of it being dislodged from this position. Now, you might ask, "How I can tell you so much about those procedures?" It is because Dr. Midei talked me through both procedures, showed me the location of the blockage on the monitor as he was doing the catheterization, and informed me up front that the angioplasty was going to be quite painful at times; but that it wouldn't last long, and that I would live through it!! The next day I walked out of St. Joseph's Hospital; free from pain and astonished that someone had performed procedures on my heart the day before, and here I was walking to the car to go home. I never forgot the name, Dr. Mark Midei. Then, in 2005, I suffered a heart attack at home. I was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air where they stabilized me. All the way in to the hospital, I kept thinking that another heart blockage might be the cause for the attack. As it turned out, Upper Chesapeake felt the same; so, they flew me to St. Joseph's immediately. At Upper Chesapeake, I kept asking for them to see if Dr. Midei was available at St. Joe's. I knew that he still worked there because a very good friend was a PA in that cardiac practice. Well, when the helicopter landed and they wheeled me in the door of the hospital, guess who was there to greet me?? He actually introduced himself, and I told him I knew exactly who he was. His response was, "Oh, so I've worked on you before, have I?" Of course, there actually was a 100% blockage in my right coronary artery, which he removed, and where he placed three (3) stents. Again, in a couple of days I was walking out to the car pain free and, obviously, alive after Dr. Midei performed his "magic" as I like to call it. Now, I've probably put more information in this that anyone really wants to hear, but there is a reason in my mind. Just the way he went about things, the care he showed for me as a patient, his kind words, his little jokes. These are the signs of a real doctor. Yea, I'm sure he makes a good living, and he probably has a big home, and he probably travels a lot. But, you know what, he worked very long and hard to earn all that. Nobody handed it to him. Not everyone has the gift for being able to save another persons life; and, as far as I'm concerned, he has put that gift to the use that God has intended it to be used. Lastly, it is my big concern that someone out there is concentrating very hard to ruin Mark Midei's life. Every morning I have to see the attorney ads in the Baltimore Sun, beckoning forth those who would seek to gain financially from Dr.Midei. It makes no difference to the attorneys. All they care about is billable hours. If attorneys were sued as often as doctors, I wonder how many attorneys would stay in practice?? I get the distinct feeling that Dr. Midei made a decision that was not popular with the another physician, or physicians, in the practice to which he belonged, and they are looking for his head on a platter!! Come on folks. This isn't about stents, how many or how few were used, or whether or not they were necessary. It is a personal attack on a man who practices medicine with all the fine gifts that God gave him; and, aside from everything else, he has saved countless lives, including mine. This is a true tragedy; and anyone "throwing in" with these ruthless "ambulance chasers" are just as bad as the attorneys themselves. How much more ungreatful could one be than to attempt to "embezzle" money from the man who was very possibly the one who came between you and death? Dr. Midei, I salute you for your integrity, for your ability to be a "doctors doctor", and for saving my life. It has been five (5) years since my heart attack, and I am doing extremely well. I'm also retired and have some time on my hands. So, if you ever need to have someone on your side in the courtroom, you can reach me as follows: Craig E. Mathaney 2039 Brandy Drive Forest Hill, MD 21050-3170 Home Phone:410-838-8856 Email: cmathaney@gmail.com

Submitted on March 29, 2010, 12:13 pm By Elaine Atkinson

I have known Mark Midei for over 30 years. He has always been honest, full of knowledge, respectable and known for an insatiable sense of humor. He comes from a family full of faith, integrity and an appreciation for life. He is an upstanding citizen and doctor with his patients care in the forefront of his practice. I will never understand how bad things happen to good people. I will never understand the bureaucracy and twisted politics of some businesses. I will never understand how one person is singled out to be the whipping post or example. I do know that Mark Midei holds truth to be his guiding light. Surrounded by the impersonal aspects of medicine and the complexities of contemporary therapies and practices, Dr. Mark Midei knows of his special human responsibility as a doctor: \"...the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.\" Francis Peabody. Mark Midei has always cared! Mark, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Elaine and Family

Submitted on March 25, 2010, 4:11 pm By Emily Dorval, RN

I am a nurse who worked with Mark Midei for several years, and I never saw anything but the best any physican could offer to his patients. Mark is extremely professional, and a master in the cath lab. I referred my grandmother to him and would refer to him again today. As others have said, he is the best in the business.

Submitted on March 22, 2010, 4:16 pm By James E. Shaneman

Just terrible,and shame on St. Joe's and other so-called medical professionals for their misbehaviour. The truth, as always will win out, so be patient. I've had four stents placed, have avoided heart bypass, thank goodness. When having the second one placed by a cardiologist, not Dr. Midie, the artery was torn. Fortunately, the good Dr. Midei was on-call that day, available for just such and emergency, and went into action, going about the business of saving the situation. Thereafter, when informed that I needed an additional stent, I always requested that Dr. Midei do the procedure, and no one else. I can only leave with the quote of the chief cath lab nurse,that day, when things looked a bit bleak: Don't worry Mr. Shaneman, she said, as all in the lab that day, went about the work on "saving" the patient: "You've got the best there is in handling this procedure." She couldn't have said it better: He's just very competent, careful, focused, and wouldn't recommend any procedure that is not warranted. He just doesn't do those things, and he has always explained not only procdure, but also noted why it was being done. Sincerely: Jim Shaneman PS" He also peformemd medically needed procedures on the father of our son-in-law,and it too was needed, after the man suffered a heart attack.

Submitted on March 16, 2010, 10:43 am By Chet Ransom

I had the "pleasure" of meeting Dr. Mark Midei on three different occaisions in 2003 for stent emplacement procedures. Prior to my first procedure, I was very concerned about his qualifications and asked many health care staff at St. Joseph Medical Center for their opinions. Everyone that I spoke to (cardiologists, pre-op and post-op nurses) said that he was the best in his field. Most stated that if they ever needed the procedure they would request Dr. Midei. I want to thank Dr. Midei for prolonging my life and allowing me to enjoy my first two grand children. I hope that someone at St. Joseph Medical Center will recognize their mistake and not deny patients of his expert care.

Submitted on March 15, 2010, 5:48 pm By Steve Bieri

I have known Mark Midei from his days of taping ankles and icing shoulders and in his spare time graduating as the valedictorian of our high school class of 653 students. I remember holding Mark in such high regard all through our days as friends in high school, then staying in touch while he went on to great things at Hopkins, and becoming one of the very best cardiologists on our planet- that I have told my wife Shelley that if I were to ever need any type of cardiac intervention, I was to be transported to Baltimore, or she was to fly Mark in - because sometimes you just know that there are very special people on this planet. And I would not trust anyone else to the extent I would trust Mark. And Mark Midei is one of those very special people, both as a talented professional as well as a truly generous and gracious human being. You do not get to the pinnacle without being just a little bit extra special, and Mark and Denise and their family are just those kind of people. I am saddened to see such dribble and useless diatribes being spouted by attention seeking hatemongers- but then unfortunately our world has declined in the areas where people wish to make a name by needlessly hanmmering away at those who truly deserve much better. My trust of Mark is unconditional, and I have not spoken to Mark in probably 15 years - but sometimes you just know that there are very special people.

Submitted on March 15, 2010, 1:41 pm By Edward Arthur

I am appalled over what is happening to Dr. Marl Midei, I am glad to add my support to a great physician. If there is truth in this world he will be exonerated.

Submitted on March 15, 2010, 8:52 am By Anne Boone-Simanski

I share many of the thoughts expressed. This witch hunt disgusts me to the highest degree. Those responsible I'd say to them.....Karma is a bitch...

Submitted on March 15, 2010, 8:16 am By Barbara Wood

Friends/Family/and Midei family, Mark saved my father's (Dr. Vitale) life about 8 years ago with the insertion of a stent and for that I am and always will be truly grateful. I am and have been grieved for this tragedy of slanderous publicity done to him. When he is exonerated I just pray that he will be all the stronger and that God will continually bless him and his family through this difficult time in his life. Barbara Wood

Submitted on March 15, 2010, 3:53 am By Mary Kremer, R.N.

My mother, Marian Wachter, who was 69 yrs old at the time she met Dr. Midei at Church Home & Hospital in April 1990. She was having symptoms of chest pressure as a result of coartation of the aorta (a birth defect)that few people live to see the age of 69. Dr. Midei was so compassionate and relieved her anxiety at the time of the crisis. I will never forget him. My mom was transferred to Johns Hopkins for surgery by Dr. Bruce Reitz. She lived to 87 yrs of age and died of cancer April 29, 2009. She respected and admired Dr.idei and spoke of him often. When my husband was having problems in 1997 and 2007 I was so relieved to know that Dr. Midei was there to do his angioplasties and stents at St. Joseph Hospital where I was a nurse for 38 yrs. I respect this man and his skills as a physician completely. I only hope that when I need help Dr. Midei will be there for me. God Bless You, Dr. Midei.

Submitted on March 14, 2010, 9:06 pm By William J. Vitale, MD

Words can not express the sadness in my heart for my friend and colleague, Dr. Mark Midei and his lovely family during this time of unspeakable injustice. I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing Mark for the past 14 years and hold him in the highest personal and professional esteem for his unfailing integrity and selfless dedication to the health and happiness of his patients. I remain convinced that Mark will be completely exonerated of any alleged misdeeds and pray that, through the steadfast support of all who love him, he will have the strength to endure the troubling times ahead.

Submitted on March 14, 2010, 5:42 pm By Glenda Barfell

Just over a year ago, my husband (45 years old) was flown to St. Joe's after having a heart attack while skiing. Dr. Midei put a stint in until the surgery team could perform quintuple by-pass surgery on him. Dr. Midei and all the other dcotors SAVED his life. Thank goodness there are people in like Dr. Midei around that gave up their Saturday afternoon and evening to save a life.

Submitted on March 13, 2010, 3:47 pm By Rich Bison

I support Dr. Mark Midei 100%. I have known Mark and his wonderful family for many years and there is no doubt in my mind regarding his integrity as both a Doctor and a person. Beyond a social relationship, I have had the good fortune to know of Mark as a doctor, as he performed an emergency heart catherization on me some years ago. His skills, professionalism and humanity served me, and my wife, well in quickly addressing a sudden and perplexing condition as both a doctor and a concerned human being. I\'m thankful, and grateful, that I have come to know Mark as both a doctor and neighbor. God bless Dr. Mark Midei and his family.

Submitted on March 13, 2010, 8:57 am By Kim McCarron

In my role as nurse practitioner and educator, my students and I had the opportunity to care for many of Mark Midei's patients who had interventional treatments. On the unit, once the patient was made comfortable and thoroughly assessed, I would review the catheterization report to determine which procedure was done and then I would direct the student to identify the multiple risk factors that necessitated the intervention. Cardiovascular disease is a complex condition associated with many co-morbid factors that contribute to plaque and thrombus formation. Our patients typically have hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity, and endothelial inflammation ( this refers to the lining of the blood vessels), all of which contribute to blockage of arteries. Treatment requires a skilled cardiologist who is able to weigh the effects of associated conditions, examine evidence gleaned from clinical trials as to which procedure is most beneficial, and who is able to minimize risk to patients entrusted to his care. Mark Midei is a professional who first and foremost uses clinical judgment developed from years of practice in renowned institutions; he practices with integrity. I am proud to be among his professional colleagues.

Submitted on March 12, 2010, 2:10 pm By Linda M. Hauser

I'm writing on behalf of my father-in-law, John O. L. Hauser who asked me to please write to show our support of Dr. Midei. My father-in-law is now 93 years old. In August of 2008, John was plagued with chest pain and, although he did not believe he was having a heart attack, he knew something was wrong. Could it have something to do with his acid reflux condition? A trip to the family doctor was followed by an immediate trip to a Cardiologist. An appointment was made for a catherization for the following day at St. Joe. During the procedure, Dr. Midei discovered a 95% blockage in one of John's arteries which required 2 stent insertions to repair the blockage. Under the capable hands of Dr. Midei, John sailed through the surgery with no problems and recovered quickly following an overnight stay. To this day, John KNOWS that Dr. Midei saved his life and never fails in mentioning that FACT often. From a personal standpoint, I believe Dr. Midei is being made a scapegoat. Over the past 6 years, I've had the misfortune of being in St. Joe's Emergency Room at least 6 times, although I was not the one requiring an emergency visit. Every time I was there, I never failed to see one particular Cardiologist scoping out who was there with heart related conditions. In my own opinion, I felt this particular doctor was canvassing for patients. Since this eruption began, I've often wondered if others have been put under the microscope like they've unfairly done with Dr. Midei. On a final note, I'm not sure exactly why Dr. Midei has been on the receiving end of this witch hunt. If I had a heart catherization which showed a blockage, regardless of the percentage, I would want the problem taken care of immediately instead of having to repeat the catherization in the future when the blockage could result in death. But, I know one thing, if I'm ever in that predicament, I want Dr. Midei to be my surgeon.

Submitted on March 12, 2010, 12:25 pm By Stephanie Landry-Fida

I have been a critical care nurse for over 20 years, 15 of which I spent at Saint Joseph Medical Center. During my time there, I worked in the ICU and took care of many patients that had procedures performed by Dr. Mark Midei. Not once during that time did I ever experience anything bad, unprofessional, or witness anything that was negligent concerning Dr. Midei. He was always the absolute BEST at what he did; professional, kind, and honest in every way. He was also one of the nicest physicans I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I always knew that if I ever needed a cardiac catherization myself, I would want Dr. Midei and no one else. I knew then and I still believe that he is one of the best Cardiac Interventionalists that I have had the pleasure to know. My personal thoughts on this entire fiasco is that this world has many money hungry soulless individuals also known as lawyers and unhappy, ungrateful patients looking to suck the life out of others. Also, shame on Saint Joseph Medical Center for not supporting and standing along side Dr. Midei in times of trouble.

Submitted on March 12, 2010, 10:45 am By Emerson Curley RN

I am a Registered Nurse with sixteen years of service at St Joseph Medical Center.During that time I personally witnessed Dr Midei save countless lives.He is a physician of the highest caliber.Should I ever be in need of a cardiologist,I would entrust my life to Dr Midei.May God grant Mark and his family the strength to cope with these false and outrageous accusations.

Submitted on March 12, 2010, 9:14 am By Lynn and Nick Greaves

Hi! My husband and I are parishioners of St. John\'s, Hydes as was Dr. Midei. We have known him as churchgoer and Doctor. My niece,Terry, worked with him at St. Joseph\'s and had the utmost respect for him. I know a lot of the background surrounding the Mid-Atlantic vs. Medstar scenario. But, most importantly, he put a number of stents in my husband and without a doubt, saved his life on more than one occasion. We have only respect and admiration for him and his work. I wonder how many of the people who are so quick to jump on the lawyer\'s bandwagon to sue would be alive today if not for him! I can\'t even imagine how devistating this is for him and his family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with him each and every day. Sincerely, Lynn and Nick

Submitted on March 12, 2010, 7:36 am By Marcio M. Menendez, M. D.

Dr. Mark Midei has been a wonderful, kind and generous professional. He has seen and treated many patients from St Clare Medical Outreach Program, all Pro Bono, without ever hesitating to see those patients because they did not have insurance or the means to pay. Has implaced many stents that have saved the lives of many of our neediest, poorest patients always willing to help and serve without expecting monetary compensation.

Submitted on March 11, 2010, 10:49 am By Jerry Kremer

I had to have a couple stents inserted in 1997 and then again in 2007. My wife who was a nurse at St. Joe for close to 40 years recommended Dr. Midei and no one else. He did the procedures and all my symptoms were then gone. If it wasn't for Dr. Midei I probably would not be writing this testimonial now. Regardless of the degree of blockage my symptoms were relieved and I will be forever grateful to Dr. Midei for that. May God be with you Dr. Midei and hopefully you will again shortly be saving lives.

Submitted on March 11, 2010, 8:34 am By judy applefeld

I'm a registered nurse who worked with Mark at Johns Hopkins in the early '80's at the start of his internship and my nursing career. I remember Mark not only for his quick, dry wit and homemade peach ice cream, but also for his professionalism, dedication, patience and excellent service that he gave to his patients. Many of us that worked with him knew he was destined for great things; he was a natural leader, a wonderful mentor and a highly skilled doctor. Like you, I'm thoroughly disgusted with this witch hunt and can only hope that after he's exonerated he'll sue the ass off of his accusers for the slander and libel they dumped on his reputation. Mark, get back to work asap!! Many people need your particular skill and expertise. You were born to save lives!

Submitted on March 11, 2010, 7:49 am By Patty

I have had the pleasure of meeting Mark and Denise Midei and three of their children. They are hard-working, lovely people. It saddens me that they are going through this ordeal. Perhaps if the law firm that advertises about this case on T.V. had met this family, they would be advertising on their behalf instead. I still have faith that the truth will prevail.

Submitted on March 11, 2010, 5:19 am By Linda Brydon Feezer

I had the pleasure of working with Mark for over 20years.As a RN in the emergency department I had almost daily contact with him. He has my utmost respect.Not only was Mark a excellent interventionalist but he was a true professional and more than willing to share his broad knowledge.On numerous occassions when the medics arrived with a patient experencing EKG changes/STEMI,Mark always encouraged the medics to observe in the cardiac cath lab.Upon return to the emergency department the medics were in awe and almost always stated "thats why we bring cardiac patients to SJMC because they have the best outcome;and always voiced their appreciation of Marks educational experience and expertise.My dad suffered a MI 2007 on News Year Eve and I requested Mark.My dad had a 90% LAD occlusion and was angioplastied and recieved a cardiac stent.Thanks to Mark my dad is alive today. THANKS MARK!.With all the negative press has anyone looked at and counted how many lives Mark saved.My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.My family and extended family are well aware of my request that if I have a cardiac emergency,or anyone in my family has a problem Marks the ONE! Take Care and I wish only the best to you and your family.

Submitted on March 11, 2010, 3:09 am By donna lapoint

i am a nurse who worked 25 years at st.joesph hospital in towson md. approxamately 15 years ago my father was admitted to the e.r. with chest pain and fatigue. dr.medei was covering that day and highly recommended a cardiac cath procedure. a diagnosis of left main disease was discovered and surgery recommended by the doctor. my dad being the stubbern sort told my mother to get the car he was going home. he meant it. i asked the doctor to tell my mom what would happen if she left. after a somber but honest explanation my dad finally consented and accepted the surgery. as far as i am concerned he saved my father's life. in may of 2008 i also needed a cardiac cath procedure after failing a nuclear stress test at howard hospital. i was told i had a 75% chance of a blockage. the doctor at howard wanted to do it there, however when i asked her if she could place a stent she said no. i would have to have it repeated at a hospital offering that sevice. i got an appointment almost immediately at st.joesph's with dr.medei. i gave him carte blanche to do the stenting if necessary. when i woke up after the procedure, he told me not to worry i was very lucky and had no blockages. incidentally he found i would probably need a heart valve replacement in 15-20 years. i trusted and still trust his judgement and thank him very much for the care he gave to my father and myself. good luck and may truth be your ally donna lapoint r.n.

Submitted on March 10, 2010, 1:18 pm By Sean McKew

The Midei's have been family friends for many years. I cannot imagine Dr. Midei doing anything that was unethical or dishonest. I have faith in our legal system that his name will be cleared and he will be able to return to medicine and continue to help people and save lives.

Submitted on March 10, 2010, 1:08 pm By Jane L. Denbow

I met Dr. Medei in February of 2009 when I experienced a heart attack while visiting New York City. I was hospitalized there but declined to have necessary stents put in until I could get home and to St. Joe's for further evaluation. Dr. Medei did the heart catheterization necessary to place three stents, one of which was for a total blockage of a graft from earlier by -pass surgery. Dr. Medei, with Dr. Pollack, gave me immediate attention. Within 24 hours I had the stents in place and was ready to go home. Their care was comforting and complete. I feel badly that something like this has happened to Dr. Medei, especially since there have been no charges yet. To destroy a good doctor's reputation is wrong and should never be done without clear and irrevicable proof that malicious wrong doing has occurred. That hasn't been the case here. I hope that Dr.Medei is able to overcome these allegations and continue a career that has been of so much service to humanity.

Submitted on March 10, 2010, 12:36 pm By Lori Bert

I am sick of seeing the ads in the paper and on tv. The public needs to know the man, the father, the doctor, the humanitarian that is Mark Midei. I wish my father had been in Baltimore when he needed cardiac care. He had an adverse situation when only one stent was put in and two weeks later was rushed to the hospital for a second. We have known the Midei family for almost 20 years and think the world of Mark and Denise and their lovely children. Hoping and praying that this unfortunate episode in their lives will end and an excellent doctor will get back to doing what we all need him to do--save more lives.

Submitted on March 10, 2010, 11:31 am By Agnieszka Sidor, Ph.D.

This is terrible what greedy and full of vengeance people can do to the finest physician and person. Johns Hopkins community where Dr. Midei did his residency and where I currently work has only the best words to say about him. I met Dr. Midei briefly after my friend was scheduled to receive two stents at St.Joseph but he recommended a bypass surgery. We feel that it was a right decision and we know that we were very lucky to have him as one of the physicians. It is such a shame that general public can easily be manipulated by lawyers who stand behind ruthless people. The average person does not understand that in medicine there may be a fine line between do or do not to perform the procedure. I stand behind Mark Midei and hope that one day he will be able to do again what he is best at, serve his patients with his best knowledge and expertise.

Submitted on March 10, 2010, 10:55 am By pam salvo

i worked with mark in the mid 1990\'s at church hospital. he developed a cardiac cath lab there and ran it with the utmost professionalism and competency. unfortunately, several of the other cardiologists wanted a \"piece of the pie\" and wanted to perform caths. themselves (despite the fact that they had no interventional cardiac training). he refused, in order to promote the highest standard of care for patients. other physicians viewed him as arrogant and greedy, but in fact he was the best at what he did and patient care was his number one priority (not the \"good old boy\" network of doctors looking out for each other). i was a nurse in the icu/ccu and i can recall many episodes of patients benefiting from mark\'s dedication and expertise. i had a patient who went into cardiogenic shock (not good) and was very quickly deteriorating. the patient\'s cardiologist was notified and stated \"he\'s scheduled to be transferred to jhh on monday ( 2 days away), so there is really nothing that can be done at this point\" luckily, mark was walking through the unit and i grabbed him and explained the situation. he had cathed the patient earlier, so he knew him. he took one look at the patient, asked for the baloon pump, inserted it into the patient and monitored the pump (our staff hadn\'t used one in years). i called for an ambulance and mark and i rode with the patient to jhh. we wheeled him right into the cath. lab and if memory serves me, the patient had cardiac bypass surgery and visited our unit a month later, looking the picture of health and thanking us for saving his life. sounds like a medical tv show. but that\'s what mark did for patients on a routine basis. i could go on and on with stories like the one i just mentioned. ten years ago, my father was experiencing daily chest pain. i brought him from cecil county to dr. midei\'s lab at st. joes. the cath revealed severe cardiac disease and the next day, seven vessel cardiac bypass surgery was performed. my dad hasn\'t had one episode of chest pain since. mark, if you read this, i believe you will be exonerated and your good name restored. you are what physicians should be striving for.

Submitted on March 10, 2010, 9:45 am By Bishop William C. Newman

Through two life-threatening internal blood infections, in 2002 and again in 2006, Doctor Mark Midei was one of the key members of the team of physicians who restored me to good health. I will be grateful to him as long as I live. He has my utmost admiration and respect both as a person and a professional.

Submitted on March 10, 2010, 9:34 am By Herbert Dahne

I have had angina problems since July, 1990. Went to St. Joseph Hospital to have a triple by pass and ended up having a Quintuple by-pass. Surgery @ St. Joseph was topnotch. After 10 years, I started having problems which was the beginning of my receiving 9 stents at 3 different hospitals in Baltimore. In May, 2003 I had my usual pain even while on heart medications. Went to my Cardiologist, who I feel is the one of the best and most respected in Baltimore. After a stress test, he told me that I had a blockage. This time he asked where I wanted go for catherization & I said where ever the best interventional cardiac surgeon was. He said go to St Joseph and have Mark Midea take care of it. I went to St Jsoeph and a while lying on the table waiting for the catherization, a doctor came in and I asked his name. I said you are not Dr. Midea. The person I spoke to said no problem, your request was for Mark Midea, that is who you shall have. Dr. Midea helped me, along with every other interventional cardiac surgeon, I have ever had. I have nothing but praise for Dr. Midea. I have been on medication before during and after the stent procedures. Don\'t always say that medications help, because they do not always help me. I still need a stent. My last blockage in 2009 in another hospital was needed because I was blocked about 90% even while on PLAVIX, ASPIRIN.etc. As I have said above, i have had a Quintuple by-pass and 9 catherizations & stents. These doctors have your life in their hands. I would never question them. If the surgeons said try medication and it did not help, when one would have to come back after 2 or 3 weeks because of this, would the patient sue because he did not put in a stent

Submitted on March 10, 2010, 9:21 am By Aubrey Pinder

Hello, I was sent to the hospital(St. Joseph\'s)to have a catheterazation performed on my heart. Dr. Midei was recommened by my family doctor (Dr. Kashi) whom had told me ,Dr. Midei had worked on his father. After the catheterazation was performed, Dr. Midei met with me and told me I had three alternatives, 1. open heart surgery,2. a stent could be inserted ,3. or I could take a new drug on the market which my help. He told me that open heart was very risky and I might not survive. He then told me stent might work ,but it was very risky also, for me and also for him( because the stent would have to go on my heart). He then advised me to try the medicaine, which I have been on for about two years. I have full confidence in Dr. Midei and would trust his advise again any matter pertaining to my well being. He could have very well said \"I\'ll put in a stent , but he didn\'t. He gave me advice on the medicaine which i have been taking since. I have been to another doctor and everytime he wants to give me stents,not advice on how to avoid one . Dr. Midei was forth right and honest with me and that\'s all a patient can ask for . I would not hesatate having him work on my heart now or in the the future .

Submitted on March 10, 2010, 9:02 am By Dianne Mathaney

Dr. Midei saved my husband, Craig Mathaney, twice. In March,1998, three weeks before our daughter\'s wedding, Dr. Midei performed a cardiac cath to open a blocked artery and was unable to insert a stent due to the position of the blockage. On August 16, 2005, my husband suffered an acute MI in our home. After arriving at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center he was air lifted to St. Joseph MC where he was met at the door by Dr. Midei, who saved his life with the insertion of 3 stents. I was so relieved that Dr. Midei was waiting for him- not knowing if Craig would make it to Dr. Midei in time. When the procedure was completed, Dr. Midei\'s skill and his compassion while explaining what he had done was a true gift to my daughters and I. I am appalled at the ads on TV and radio and in the newspapers. Does anyone see that the reason for this is the threat to ruin this wonderful man\'s reputation? Dr. Midei I thank you for your skill in saving my husband\'s life-not once, but twice. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Dianne Mathaney

Submitted on March 10, 2010, 8:32 am By Roy R and Patricia Ray Wood

My wife suffers from hydrotropic cardiomyopthy. For several years, her cardiologist, Dr. Cole, treated her symptoms pharmaceutically. It reached a point when Dr. Cole indicated that other treatment might be considered. He suggested Dr. Mark Midei who was on the leading edge of a surgery commonly known as acholol septal ablation. When we met and and first discussed this procedure with Dr. Midei, we were skeptical of undergoing this relatively radical procedure since, according to some basic explanation by Dr. Midei, that Pat would basically be adminsistered a heart attack while alcohol would be used to decrease the muscle mass between the heart chambers so that oxygen would be more easily passed in the heart. We declined. Late 2003, I rushed my wife to St Agness Hospital with heart stress complication during which she spent five of her ten day hospital stay in ICU where she underwent a procedure to get her heart back in ryhthm. When she left the hosptal, she was on oxygen 24/7 and was very limited in any any and all activity. As part of the exit discussion with the cardilogist, he suggested again the alcohol septal ablation which could be performed at St. Joseph's by Dr, Mark Midei. OUr family together discussed and wieghed Pat conditions and life style. In February 2004, Dr. Midei performed the surgery. Within 48 hours after the surgery, my wife was taken off oxygen completely and her medication was reduced to aspirin for blood thinning. We are distressed to read about Dr. Midei and the lawsuits. Without Dr. Midei, our family life would be so different. We cannot paraise Dr. Midei enough. Thank you, Dr. Mark Midei.

Submitted on March 10, 2010, 6:43 am By Richard Miller

In 2003 Dr. Midei performed a stent placement proceedure to open up a blood vessel that was 90% blocked. Immediately afterwards I was relieved of the chest pain and pressure caused by the blockage. He is one of the most professional and courteous doctors I have ever met. It seems to me this is a witch hunt started by an individual who felt that the loss of Dr. Midei caused him great financial loss and it has nothing to do with medical issues. As one would predict, individuals along with the help of many lawyers now see a way of financial gain by jumping on the band wagon created through pure greed. Dr. Midei I wish you well and I would not want any other doctor to handle my medical issues concerning any future proceedures.

Submitted on March 10, 2010, 6:14 am By Sheila

As an employee of St. Joseph for over 9 years, I am and always will be a fan of Mark Midei. I no longer work at St. Joes, but I am nurse at another facility, and I will continue to support Dr. Midei. Dr. Midei took the oath to "do no harm." He has honored that oath. I personally feel that the hospital needs to take accountability for these issues. "

Submitted on March 9, 2010, 4:13 pm By garret falcone

I think its such a shame whats going with the good doctor! ....He saved my life or at minimal prevented open heart surgery in 2002 when he place 3 stents in me including the "widow maker' which was 100% blocked! My personal feelings are that those patients that received stents while he had the catheter in there ...are lucky ...who knows what might have develped in the next year or two had they not been stented... Wishing the Doctor all the best! Garret Falcone

Submitted on March 8, 2010, 10:18 pm By Edward G. Langmead

My Store Is Like So Many Others, First, I Cannot Believe What I Have been Reading, Not Only About Dr. Mark Midei, But Also About St. Joe's Hospital. I Wouldn't Be Here Today If It Wasn't For Dr. Midei Being In The Emergence Room At St. Joe's Hospital On October 16, 2003 At 10:00am In The Morning. I Was Getting Ready For Work, And Felt A Very Different Kind Of Pain In My Chest That I had Never Felt Before. At First I Wasn't Sure What I Was Feeling, But Then A Feeling Of Heat Ran From My Chest, Down My Arm Over My Ring Finger On My Right Side, Under It And Than Back Up My Arm And In To My Chest Again. I Knew Than That It Was Serious. The First Thought That Went Through My Head Was You Have To Get To the Hospital. (I Live Alone) Something In My Head Told Me Your Not Going To Make It If You Call 911. I Got Dress Fast As I Could, Calmly Walk To My Car And Drove To St. Joe's Hospital. I Only Live About 3.5 Miles From St. Joe's Hospital. The Funniest Thing About The Ride Was, It Was Like My Body And Mine Worked Together, I Never Felt Like Was Going To Past Out Or In Pain. I Pulled Up In Front Of The ER And Parked The Car, Got Out Walk Into The ER And As I Crossed Through The Door Way I Remembered Seeing To Women Behind A Desk And One Looked Up With A Look On Her Face Like She Knew Something Was Going To Happen. I Fell To The Floor And For All Practical Means I Was Dead. Later I Was Told That My Heart Attack Was What They Call A Flat Line Heart Attack, Everything Stops All Your Organs Shut Down. I Was Also Told They Had To Use The Electric Paddles Three Different Times. When I Past Out In The ER, The Next Waking Moment, Which Seemed For Ever For me To Come Out Of, Was My Eyes Meeting Doctor Midei's Eyes, (He Is Already Dress Out To Operate, His Eyes Are All I Can See). As I Felt Them Wheeling Me As Fast As They Could, To An Operating Room, At The Same Time Getting Me Ready To Operate On, Dr. Midei Is Asking Me Questions So That He Can Do His Job, I'm Sure To The Best Of His Abilities (Keep In Mine He Has Never Seen Me Before This Day). By Now I Am So Frightened, That I Say To Dr. Midei, Please Put Me To Sleep, He Tells Me That He Has To Find Out Certain Information, So I Answer All His Questions The Best I Can. This Is What Makes Him In My Eyes A Great Doctor, He Than Tells Me, Not To Worry, And That He Knows What Is Wrong And He's Going To Fix It, And That I'm Going To be Fine. At That Moment All My Fears Disappeared. I have A Stend In My Right Coronary Artery, That's What It Took To Keep Me Alive And I'm Still Here Today In Good Health..... I Know That This Is Rather A Long Letter, But See I Want You To Feel The Goodness Of What One Human Being Can Do For Another. I Have Never Meant Dr. Midei In Person. Even To This Day. After The Operation I Was Turned Over To Another Cardiologist Who Took My Case. I Have Thought About Dr. Midei Many Time, He Did More For Me Than Just Saving My Life. He Cares. So, I Want To Also Take This Time To Say To Dr. Mark Midei, Thank You For Being There When I Needed You..... God Bless You !!! Sincerely, Edward G. Langmead

Submitted on March 8, 2010, 7:41 pm By thayer simmons md

thank-you eric, for establishing this web site. i am still in shock over the course of events in the last few months. I am a long-time physician at st joseph hospital and watched as Mark helped to build the most successful cardiac catheterization lab in the city. He helped to put St Joseph "on the map" due to his hard work and excellent care and expertise. Most of the physician community viewed him as outstanding, and his absence has been felt. I cringe everytime i hear one of the disparaging radio ads. Mark, if you read this, get in touch with me if there is anything i can do to help. Best wishes to you and your family. Hopefully, you will come out of this stronger.

Submitted on March 8, 2010, 2:41 pm By Bob Bernstein

In 2007 Dr. Midei was referred to me by my personal cardiologist Peter Reyes (Univ of Md Cardiology and Univ Md. Cardiology associates. I was diagnosed needing a quadruple bypass, but I was too weak and with a very low ejection fraction. The thought was to send me to a high risk facility like Cleveland clinic by ambulance. In talking with Dr. Midei, Dr. Reyes was given confidence that a quadruple was possible with stents. To everyone\\\'s wonder and amazement, Dr. Midei accomplished the task with 7 stents. I would be only too happy to speak in his behalf and certainly appreciate his ability and skills.

Submitted on March 8, 2010, 7:19 am By Sharon

I had the privilege of working with Mark Midei at St. Joseph Medical Center several years ago. Although I moved on to another hospital, I have always told my friends and family that if anyone had a heart-related problem, I would be taking them to see Mark Midei. Although as a public relations professional, I am not clinical at all, Mark was always very kind and patient in explaining everything to me - from disease processes to complex treatments. He always showed the utmost respect, kindness and professionalism for his patients and you just knew from watching him that their care came first! I certainly don't know the details behind this situation, but it breaks my heart to see Mark's good name being blasted in the media and splashed across the TV screen and in the newspaper in lawyers ads. I wish Mark and his family only the best and hope that this situation is resolved very soon so that he can be back to practicing medicine, where he should be and where the patients need him to be!

Submitted on March 7, 2010, 12:27 pm By Chrys Rhodes

We have known the Midei family for nearly 10 years, as two of our children were in class together at St. James Academy. Mark and Denise are very down-to-earth, ethical and caring people. On a professional level, I referred my mother to Mark, as she began the relocation process from North Carolina to Baltimore to be closer to my family. My mother had significant health issues, including heart disease. The cardiologist in NC felt she needed valve replacement surgery. Mark, however, opposed the surgery, recommending a more conservative approach. It's beyond my comprehension that Mark would be accused of recommending unnecessary treatment. There is no one I would trust more with the health of my family.

Submitted on March 6, 2010, 4:55 pm By Karen and John Armero

16+ years ago I met an incredible human being and physician who changed my life.In the early days of Invasive Cardiology, an amazing man decided to build a program at St Joseph medical center. His skill and caring were remarkable. Over the years I was involved in building a program with him along with many others. I worked along side him saving many lives , learning new technologies and training the best staff that rivaled anywhere. the majority of the staff were so inspired by his work, his caring and his passion to build the best program that we all worked long hours and we were happy to do it because of him and what we witnessed and felt ourselves, saving so many lives and watching our patients get well before our eyes. My husband and I along with everyone I know, pray that he will be vindicated and that he and his family will have peace and fulfillment in their lives...KAREN AND JOHN

Submitted on March 5, 2010, 5:41 pm By Ruthann Zern, M.D.

I am an obstetrician-gynecologist in the St. Joseph community. I take care of many women who have been treated by Dr. Midei. In the past months of this public brouha these women have shared their successful resolution of symptoms after being treated by Dr. Midei and disdain for the agressive tactics being employed by the media and attorneys. No one should be pilloried as is being done to Dr. Midei. I pray that Dr. Midei and his family have the strength to survive this.

Submitted on March 5, 2010, 12:38 pm By The Corbusier Family

Our families have known each other for over 15 years while raising our children together. We have spent many holidays and celebrated many good times together. Not so long ago, my son asked me what the most valuable thing on Earth is. I responded, "Human life", then added, "that's why Dr. Midei is such an important and valuable person; he's dedicated to saving lives and he's always there when somebody needs him". He unselfishly left many an event to get to the hospital to help somebody. With all of the tragedy in our world today, it deeply saddens us to know that a most respected and trusted icon in the medical community has been taken away from us and is unable to fulfill God's intended purpose for him at the will of selfish individuals. Dr. Midei has always been a man of honesty and integrity. Thank you Eric for putting this website together to enable us to support the Midei family. Our prayers are with them and those that have the power to change the outcome of this terrible predicament they have created.

Submitted on March 5, 2010, 9:32 am By John C. Smyth

My wife had gone undiagnosed for over 18 years with a heart condition. Countless trips to the emergency room and doctors visits resulted in no diagnosis. She flatlined in the emergency room and Dr. Midei was there. Within an hour of this event, he was placing a pacemaker into her. That procedure was performed flawlessly and since that surgery, my wife has had no recurrence of the fainting and severe weakness that accompanied her attacks. He is a good man, a wonderful doctor and a great surgeon.

Submitted on March 5, 2010, 9:13 am By Jim Harrison

I heard the Senate is looking into this, so I wrote to both our senators. Here is their address, followed by my letters: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=MD Dr. Mark Medei Mark is the greatest!!! He saved my life with 2 stents in Nov 2006 at age 52. I would not trust anyone else to touch my heart. I would have died within a week if he hadn\'t. Call off the attack dogs and go after the hospital and whoever that jerk is that wants to wreck his life. What is wrong with that guy? So far he is succeeding and it\'s not fair. Mark is not the one behind this. If he did what they said, the hospital pressured him to so or he felt it was medically necessary because I know he would not do anything unless it was necessary. He even told me what standard he uses for stenting. Please read the testimonials here: http://www.markmidei.com/ and here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=fl_1164538527641#!/group.php?gid=288266678464 (http://tinyurl.com/yjsyfbz) You will read not one negative comment out of hundreds. Feel free to email me or call me. Thanks for listening!!

Submitted on March 5, 2010, 8:36 am By Beverly Hoffberg

Two years ago my husband, Neil was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital for an apparent heart attack. Mark Midei performed a stent procedure and inserted a pump in Neil's foot to keep his blood flowing. As it turned out, Neil had ruptured his aorta and was lucky to have made it to a hospital alive. Mark Midei's skill and determination gave my children, then age 14 and 24, the chance to have a final conversation with their father. He also enabled Neil to survive long enough for us to pursue every possible medical remedy for this dire situation. Although my husband passed away two and a half weeks later, my family and I will always be grateful for the many small miracles we witnessed during his illness; chief among them is that Neil was placed in the hands of Mark Midei.

Submitted on March 5, 2010, 5:56 am By Kory

The first time I ever saw Dr. Midei I was a patient transporter at St. Joe's. I had been in the ER and was watching my first "Code" when he and the rest of the team came and swiftly picked up the patient, and like that they were gone. Afterwards I heard a ER MD express his belief that the patient was probably not going to make it. It could not have been more than an hour later in the PACU (the Cath Lab Recovery was not open) I saw Mark standing at the patients bedside with the family. Teary eyed, they looked so relieved at what they were hearing. They were smiling and crying. That moment is where I decided to pursue a career that would allow me to be part of the Cath Lab team at St. Joe's and work with Mark. Instead of RT or RN I chose to go to school for Cardiovascular Invasive Technology so I could work with Mark and help change lives. Best decision I ever made. While I was training Mark did so much beyond what anyone else would to help me learn the HOW's and WHY's. He gave fair and honest critique (even though no matter what I screwed up it was always followed with a "nice work") He answered questions about disease processes half the people around had never heard of. He had millions of intellectual tid-bits (octogenarian) and his general knowledge of everything was astounding. Most amazing though was watching him work. Mark was born to save lives and the ease with which he did it is amazing. God speed Mark. Me and Brownie are gonna drop by and take you fishing from your own pond. "Nobody owns a hanger" Kory

Submitted on March 5, 2010, 4:50 am By PR

Thank you all for your posts! It's working and got the attention of the media. Keep them coming and please take a minute to read a story you all are responsible for: http://baltimore.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/2010/03/08/story3.html?b=1268024400^2985191

Submitted on March 4, 2010, 1:40 pm By Ginny Larsen

I too consider Mark and his family as friends. That he has been extremely talented at what he does, and dedicated to his patients is well known. It is a terrible waste that he is currently not in the role of actively improving the life styles and comfort of new patients; as well as actually saving lives. With all of his achievements, he seems full of humility, is a good friend, and a wonderful family man. He and his family are very often in my thoughts.

Submitted on March 4, 2010, 12:03 pm By Bill Schafer

Below is a letter to the editor that I submitted to the Baltimore Sun after I saw an article written by Jay Hancock on January 20th, who is the financial writer for the Sunpaper. They chose not to publish it....heavy sigh I have to take issue with the column by Jay Hancock. He is correct that stents are overpriced and may be over used at times. They are NOT "a perfect illustration of why American health care costs more and delivers less." Stents do save and extend lives. I would rather have a stent than bypass surgery, which took over 10 years to prove that it extended lives. Drug coated stents haven't been on the market for even 10 years yet. Most stent cases are as Mr Hancock described in partially blocked arteries. If one totally blocks an artery in the wrong place the result is sudden death. That's why every adult knows of someone who was fine one minute and gone the next. The partially blocked arteries are the ones that make it to the cath lab. Mr Hancock actually contradicts himself by saying "the worst culprits are inflammation and smaller plaques that break off and clot." That's where guidelines and they are guidelines not laws fail us. These smaller plaques are the ones that are under 50% blockages, that is they are under guidelines. If one is admitted with chest pain several times and the blockage is under guidelines as a patient I would want it stented. This then brings us to Dr Mark Midei who I have had the pleasure to meet on occasion. My discussions with Dr Midei have never shown him to have anything but his patients welfare at heart. While there are many good invasive cardiologists like Dr Midei since I am now 61 years of age I would be disappointed not have him do my cath or stent should I need one. Decisions in the cath lab are made in acute and very serious situations in front of a team of people. Perhaps at that moment in time it was a plaque size under guidelines that Dr Midei's years of experience told him to stent to save the patient future pain and events. If Dr Midei stented people inappropriately that need to be resolved medically first. The legal ramifications may actually cost more than the medical costs, which is really why "American health care costs more" Stents, Drugs, lifestyle changes and people like Dr Midei is why heart disease is no longer the nations number one killer. Bill Schafer Parkville

Submitted on March 2, 2010, 6:18 pm By A.D. Barry

Cristi and I, and our children are in Midei's corner.....Do not believe the "Mashed Potatoes"....which the Media are full of.We know in our hearts, Dr. Midei is a one of a kind......We know how dedicated Mark is, and where he stands...The truth will come out..We are so sorry their family has to endure all this.We would never hesitate to call on Mark....We hope you share our thoughts....

Submitted on February 26, 2010, 6:20 pm By Jim Harrison

I am sick about what they are doing to him. He saved my life in Nov 2006 when I had two blockages. My LAD was 100% blocked, my left Circumflex 80%. If I had not seen him when I did, I would be dead. My dad had angio about 6 months after I did and in another 6 months he had to go back. I told him to see Mark ONLY - he did and has been fine ever since. I will trust no one but Mark to mess with my heart. NO ONE!!!! Bring him back!!!!

Submitted on February 26, 2010, 3:39 pm By peter milner

I trained with Mark at Johns Hopkins Hospital and have witnessed first hand his superb clinical acumen and medical judgment. He always displayed the highest personal and professional ethics. Patients were incredibly appreciative of his dedication and attention to detail. He worked all the hours that god sends to assure the best outcome for his patients. Justifiably he prides himself on as near universal good outcomes for his patients as is humanly possible. With his immense experience as an invasive cardiologist over almost 25 years he performed an incredible number of procedures, over 40,000 with not a hint over the years of improper or unnecessary procedure. These allegations are scandalous and are generated by the petty professional jealousies that arise from physicians arguing over money. Doctors, and I am one, can be as noble as best of mankind, but also as sleazy and low life as the worst man has to offer! One has to look closely at those who are behind these baseless charges and their motivation. What has also been distressing to many including me is the cowardly way the hospital and many colleagues have abandoned him to a terrible fate, guilty by innuendo, rumor, insinuation, and finally trial and conviction by The Press. This type of thing should not happen in a free society like the US. His former colleagues have wielded the stiletto with stealth and cunning and have in some ways committed the perfect crime - No finger prints on the knife. One can only hope that the US Senate is able to hear both sides of the story, in particular the motivation behind these allegations, the evaluation of the medical records by an third party that is unaccountable, a rush to judgement by his former employer and their unseemly desire to distance themselves from him in an attempt to limit their exposure. The insurance company which is in the course of settling the law suits is one and the same entity as the hospital and so it too has followed the hospital's unseemly rush to judgement. The US Senate also needs to hear the testimony of the large number of people whose lives Mark Midei has saved or extended. He achieved this through the combination of good clinical judgement and employing the most advanced modern technologies that cardiovascular medicine had to offer. He mastered these tools and technologies and wielded them professionally and expertly primarily to bring good to patients, and yes to make money as well but not as his primary motivation. He did not as they allege every use the technology in a cavalier way. He was indeed quick and extremely efficient with time and resources and prided himself on doing a large number of cases on a daily basis almost every working day of his life so that he became increasingly better for the benefit of his patients. As a practicing cardiologist I know how hard it can be to read a coronary angiogram on a monitor with such precision that one can distinguish a 50% narrowing in a coronary artery from a 70% narrowing, and this is why we look at the lesion in 2 different views at right angles to each other. Inevitably with a high volume practice what looks like a 70% can on closer examination turn out to be less critical. However, less critical lesions can cause problems if the collateral blood vessels are severely narrowed or even permanently occluded. This is a highly technical area in which experts can disagree, so for the press and other to rush to judgement following a retrospective analysis of cases by only one side. Indeed one of the cases cited as an "unnecessary" procedure was that of man in his 40s with a young family who suffered a cardiac arrest out of hospital and then arrived in the emergency room in full cardiac arrest. After Mark and the ER staff restored normal rhythm Mark took him to the cardiac catheterization laboratory within minutes of his arrival and performed an emergency diagnostic study which showed complete (100%) occlusion of the Left Main Coronary Artery. Mark and his team immediately passes a fine wire through the clot and proceeded to perform an emergency Left Main Coronary balloon dilation followed by placement of an expanding intracoronary stent in the Left Main Coronary Artery (LMCA). This procedure known as PTCA and stent placement was successful. The gentleman lived to walk out of the hospital a week later and is alive today having suffered only trivial loss of heart muscle as a result of his heart attack. If this man instead of having the emergency PTCA had been then taken to the operating room (OR) for emergency coronary bypass surgery he would undoubtedly have suffered much more extensive damage to his heart and most probably he would have died. This type of procedure, a CABG, is indicated in an elective situation with a partially occluded LMCA where time is not critical. However, when the patient's LMCA is totally occluded and the patient is in critical condition and has suffered a sudden cardiac death CABG is not the optimum treatment. This is because during the time it takes to prep and open the man's chest and for a surgeon to stop the heart and then get blood flowing through a surgical implantation of a bypass graft, a considerable amount of damage would be done to the heart by it having no blood flow through the LMCA. Clearly, Mark Midei actions were nothing short of heroic. He saved the man's life even though he knew it could expose him subsequently to the harsh judgement of having performed an "unnecessary" procedure because placement of intracoronary stent is not approved for the treatment of LMCA disease! Is this how doctors should be judged, is there no justice, is there no fair play in the US medical system today. God help us if this is the future of medicine in the US.

Submitted on February 25, 2010, 9:44 pm By Janet Plitt

I met Mark and his wife Denise on a professional level, and I must say that Mark Midei is a man of integrity and honor. Many times he was not available to partake on our appointments due to a patient that needed his help. The patient has always come first to him. Thankfully I have not needed his services, but a dear friend of mine had her life saved by Dr. Mark Midei. How he was taken from a medical field that needs him so badly is just despicable! What a loss to St. Joseph's Hospital...and the Baltimore community!

Submitted on February 25, 2010, 1:59 pm By Maria Elias

Almost a year ago, while at my physicians office for a regular follow up visit, they found my pressure very low. I had been having symptoms and was seen by various physicians but was misdiagnosed. Dr. E. Schlenoff, whom I think very highly of, sent me to St. Joseph Hospital where after seeing a very good cardiologist, Dr. Sydney Gottlieb, I was immediately admitted to the hospital and soon thereafter had the good luck to be operated by Dr. Mark Medei. My life has changed tremendously and there is not one day that goes by that I am amazed at what the results where and thankful that all these magnificent doctors caught this on time. I was able to thank both Dr. Schlenoff and Dr. Gottlieb personally, but was never able to get in touch with Dr. Medei again, but still remember how he looked at me while in the operating room and said, \"you are going to be just fine.\" I will never forget that Mr. Medei and I will forever be thankful. I have a dear grandson 2-1/2 years of age. I might not have been here to see his next birthday if it was not for these competent doctors. I wanted to let you know Dr. Medei, that I am a changed person. The energy I have I have never before experienced. My blood pressure, and my cholesterol are well under control, because I was able to give up smoking and because you helped me get the strength to exercise, something I could not do while under the condition I was experiencing. I thank you today for the rest of my life, and I hope when the time comes again for a new procedure, you are there with all your kindness to once again do an EXCELLENT JOB! I remain sincerely, Maria P. Elias

Submitted on February 25, 2010, 10:36 am By Craig English

In the past 20 years I have considered Mark as one of my closest friends.As many of his friends can attest to the numerous times when out with Mark and Denise that around 9:00 PM we would start missing Mark-only to find him curled up in a chair or laid out on the floor sound a sleep.The reason was always the same either he was called to the hospital in the middle of the night or he had stayed the entire night taking care of patients.Our Saturday Tennis group was always ready for Mark\'s beeper to go off 3-4 times in 1 1/2 hours because he needed to handle a crisis that only he was qualified.Finally as a son of a physician(over 50 years with priviledges at Saint Josephs) I never thought another physician could match my Dad\'s compassion for his patients-well Dad you met your match with Dr. Mark Midei.

Submitted on February 25, 2010, 10:10 am By Susan Sisk

I can only tell you that Dr. Midei saved my husband's life many times over. He is a man of the utmost integrity. This is nothing more than a witch hunt!! Shame on those people....and shame on Hank at MidAtlantic....

Submitted on February 24, 2010, 6:43 pm By Gerald Rogan, MD

Did Dr. Midei submit his cases to the medical staff for peer review? Did anyone overread his imaging studies to verify the need for stents?

Submitted on February 23, 2010, 2:16 pm By Donna Wade

I am proud to say that I worked with Mark many years ago when he was a fellow at Johns Hopkins. i have NEVER known him to be anything other then concerned for his patients. He is who I requested to perform a cath on a family member. I was informed at the time that he was not available so I had to have another member of MidAtlantic Cardiovascular perform the procedure. Several years later the same member had anoter cardiac incident and I am still sorry that Mark was not available. The family member had a stent placed at Maryland and we were told that there was another "slight" blockage in the LAD, but listed at 50% so they did nothing for it. Five (5) months later ANOTHER cardiac incident and the ???? 50% was now 70%. There is no doubt that Mark would have taken care of the problem the first time so the third incident would have never happened. I truly think that this entire issue is nothing be political and they are using Mark as the pawn. It is a shame that such a talented physician can be tossed about like they are doing. The LAWYERS jumped on that band wagon pretty quick. Keep you head up Mark, and Good Luck!

Submitted on February 23, 2010, 12:29 pm By matt midei

Other than my mother, I have known Mark the longest. While we have not always seen eye to eye and have had many disagreements, arguments and, dare I say, a few fights, over the years, he is someone I have always truly trusted and admired. To see and hear the one-sided, factless dribble by so called "journalist" and the comments and ads made and aired by fellow members of the bar make me ill. I am sincerely disguted with these members of my profession. I hope you all keep supporting my brother, my sister-in-law and my neices and nephews throughout this ordeal. It is a site like this and the friends they have that keep them going. I thank all of you for that

Submitted on February 21, 2010, 5:18 pm By suzanne whiteford

I hope Mark (probobly only thru lawyers) has the opportunity to ask all the patients who recieved letters how they were feeling after recieving a stent. We allow the government and insurance companies to dictate what treatment and care is appropriate based on a 'number' or 'percentage'. Dr. Midei treated the PATIENT! Dr. Midei's skill and dedication is undeniable. I have the same amount of respect and admiration for Dr. Midei as a professional and a person that I had the first time I watched him open a completely blocked artery on a patient having a STEMI. I miss working with Mark. I am sorry for all he and his family are going through. Will Peter Angelos or Billy Murphy come to Saint Joseph hospital if they have chest pain?

Submitted on February 21, 2010, 12:54 pm By Jane and Steve Volker

We too are honored to call Mark and Denise Midei our friends. Our children attended school together and as a family, each of us were warmly welcomed into their home on numerous occasions. In addition, I had the priviledge to know Mark on a professional level when he took care of my father as a cardiac patient. My father had the utmost respect for Dr. Midei and often recommended his friends to see Mark. As the daughter of a cardiac patient, I had complete confidence in Mark and was so thankful that my father's heart was in such capable hands. We are thankful to know the Midei family and keep them in our thoughts and prayers during this terrible time. We stand in support of Mark Midei!

Submitted on February 18, 2010, 5:34 pm By Beth Hastings

Mark is a kind,generous,polite,and caring man. He loves Cardiology and he loves to teach it, it is his passion! He is a very patient and calm mentior to those who are willing to learn. He helped me be the best I can be as a cardiovascular technologist. He never raised his voice or lost his temper when I screwed up! Thanks Mark for helping me be the person I am today!

Submitted on February 18, 2010, 6:31 am By Abraham Lincoln

"Discourage litigation and persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peace maker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business."

Submitted on February 16, 2010, 9:48 pm By Jimmy Vitale

Hi Dr. Midei: Dr. Bill Vitale is my dad. You operated on him about 10 years ago; probably saved his life and he's still going strong. My sisters and I are eternally grateful to you. You are a tribute to family, your profession, and - of course - yourself. God bless.

Submitted on February 14, 2010, 7:20 pm By Vanessa Wyrick

Over the last 20 years I have cared for many patients who were fortunate enough to be treated by Dr. Mark Midei. I\'ve seen him standing in the parking lot looking upward for a helicopter that was bringing in someone in the midst of a heart attack. Mark was in the lab and in minutes that artery was open, supplying blood to a hungry heart. Another life saved. Then there are those who were declined for surgery but again Mark provided these people with a second chance at life. An amazingly talented physician. I also feel privileged to have been included in social events at Mark\'s home and to have met his wife Denise and his children. Mark is not a man who \"emotes\" much in public but the love he feels for his family and friends is evident to anyone who knows him. It is this same passion that he brings to the care of his patients. It breaks my heart to know how the evil intent of so few can have such a devastating impact on so many. It is my prayer that Mark and all of us who believe in him will not only survive but thrive in the very near future.

Submitted on February 11, 2010, 7:44 am By Robert Gemp

I was a patient in St Joseph's Hospital in October in 2001. Although I presently reside in Florida, I was a resident of Maryland at the time. I was there for a heart catherization following a heart attack. Dr Mark Midei was the doctor who performed the procedure. The results revealed two collapsed grafts from a previous operation that had taken place back in 1987. At the time I was not under the care of a cardiologist who was familiar with my medical history. At the recommendation of a group of the attending doctors I agreed too have the operation. The operation itself was successful, however while in the recovery area I arrested and was brought back only after a series of no less than a dozen hits with the defibrillator paddles. After being released from CCU and assigned to a room I was visited by Dr Mark Midei who explained to me that I had a serious problem with heart arrhythmia and suggested that I consider having an AICD placed in my chest. That if in the future I would experience an arrhythmia problem the device would shock my heart back into rhythm. Sensing that I was not completely convinced Dr Midei had another doctor suggest that I seriously consider having the AICD operation. I got the message loud and clear and agreed to have the operation. It will be nine years this coming October that I had the AICD inserted. It has since saved my life on three different occasions and I had the original unit replaced on March 10th 2008. In short I owe my life to Dr Midei as he went out of his way to convince me of the importance of the device. In my opinion it is a travesty of the worst kind to remove this doctor from the medical profession. At the time that Dr.Midei approached me about considering the AICD operation it certainly was not out of avarice or personal monetary gain on his part, but what was for the well good of the patient.

Submitted on February 10, 2010, 4:48 pm By Janet Roehmer

It has been my pleasure knowing the Midei family for 14 years. Mark has always been more than willing to help and advise me and other family members on our medical issues. This isn't just a job for Mark. He absolutely loves what he does and wants the best for his patients at all times. He truly cares about his patients. It sickens me the way his career and life have been destroyed by these unthinkable accusations. He has my total support and trust.

Submitted on February 10, 2010, 9:18 am By martha Grover

I have known the Midei family for years. I share the same sentiments as Eric and find all the publicity so hurtful. I could go on and on but in short, I would trust Mark with my heart any day! I prya that the Midei family can find some peace in all this chaos!

Submitted on February 9, 2010, 7:21 pm By Richard L. White

I would like to start with a little family background history of my family. My Dad, Dr. James F. White, was a prominent physician in Maryland and graduated from The University Of Maryland Medical School He practiced medicine in Baltimore County for about 35 years prior to his death. I have two brothers both Doctors, one Dr. Robert R. White, a graduate of The University of Georgia who practiced in Baltimore County until retirement several years ago. My Oldest brother, Dr. James F. White, Jr., practiced medicine in Harford County for about 33 years prior to his death, he was a graduate of The University of Virginia School of Medicine. I am a retired Bank President and after suffering some chest pains in May 2009 and flunking a stress test I was referred To Dr. Mark Midei by my wife\'s niece, Mrs. Sandy Doeller, who is one of the greatest young ladies I have ever known. The stress test showed bleeding and leaking around the heart, it would have been very easy for Dr. Midei to put one or more stents in due to the reports he had received from stress test. However, while doing the catherization Dr. Midei said everything looked fine to him and no stents were needed. Having been raised in a medicial family and listening to the stories of \"the blood sucks\" with law suits many years ago, it is no surprise to hear the same today. I being a devout Roman Catholic, a regular Eucharistic Minister at St. Ignatius Church in Bel Air with 3,500 families, I would not consider going to St. Joseph Hospital for any reason having heard what they did to Dr. Midei. Having experienced the pleasure of being a patient of Dr. Midei I can assure you he is not only kind and considerate but is probably the finest and most respected Dr. in his field. Having just recently experienced a severe infection, my Ear, Nose and Throat Physician told me that r. Midei was a Doctors Dr. Not only had my Dr. been a patient of Dr. Midei\'s but several of his friends who are Physicians had been patients of Dr. Midei. I pray that those how have brought this on Dr. Midei and his family whether it be the Hospital or who ever, will certainly admit their mistakes in loosing a brilliant cardiologist. As Dr. Midei is not at a hospital at the present time it really hurts all his patients who truly depend on him. Than you Dr. Midei for allowing me to be your patient.

Submitted on February 9, 2010, 7:09 am By Ron Smith

Unlike many of the commenters here, I haven't known the Mideis very long, having met Mark last year in the emergency room at St. Joe's just before he stented my Right Coronary Artery, which was 95% blocked. I saw the pics. Mark Midei enjoyed the highest reputation and it's tragic that it has been tarnished for reasons that still aren't clear to anyone I've talked to about his situation. I've since had the opportunity to meet Denise and to talk to both of them in this difficult time. They are wonderful people. As we read below, Dr. Midei has saved countless lives and we've yet to hear from anyone damaged by his medical skills and judgements. We can only hope that the tort sharks smelling blood will be denied their feast, and that somehow Mark can soon get back to doing his marvelous work.

Submitted on February 8, 2010, 6:25 pm By Karen Babcock

I have known the wonderful Midei family since Bryan and Matt became best friends at St. James Academy in 1995. I have always referred to Matt as my 4th son. I have spent numerous occasions with the Mideis since then and I can say without a doubt that Mark Midei is a physician of the utmost skill and integrity. Through my jobs as a postpartum doula and a local caterer, I have dealt with the public on a daily basis. There have been countless times that Mark's name has been brought up when I have been on various jobs and ALWAYS, the sentiment has been that he is the best. On a personal note, he is a fabulous husband, wonderful father and a gracious host - a truly good person in every way. He has involved himself in fundraising for breast cancer research through his recent climbs in Ecuador, Peru, etc. I feel sick when I hear those awful commercials on T.V. and the radio - Mark does not deserve this. I support him 100% and feel confident that justice will prevail.

Submitted on February 8, 2010, 2:20 pm By Laura Pimentel

I sent this letter to the Baltimore Sun on January 16. To date, it has not been published. I would like to comment on the January 15, 2010 article, "Patients learn they might have unneeded stents." I was distressed to read the comments on the practice of Dr. Mark Midei. I am an emergency physician practicing in the greater Baltimore area and have known Dr. Midei for much of my career. Approximately 10 years ago, the emergency placement of cardiac stents was demonstrated to be superior treatment for patients having acute heart attacks. The timing of stent placement is crucial to clinical outcomes with the best results occurring within the first 2 hours of diagnosis. Dr. Midei built a world- class cardiac catheterization lab at St. Joseph's Medical Center; he passionately pursued the goal of providing access to emergency stent placement to ALL acute heart attack patients presenting to Maryland's emergency departments. He personally reached out to the emergency department physicians and directors with detailed processes for immediate access to his interventional cardiologists and transport teams. At no time was insurance status or ability to pay discussed or used as criteria for acceptance to Dr. Midei's service. Over the years, my colleagues and I have transferred numerous patients to Dr. Midei at all hours of the day and night for emergency heart attack treatment. His care has always been professional and proficient including calls back to the referring physician with the results of treatment. Dr. Midei's commitment to emergency cardiac care has saved the lives and heart function of thousands of Maryland residents. The loss of his services diminishes quality and access to acute heart attack care in our state.

Submitted on February 8, 2010, 7:48 am By Kathleen Lauman

As a friend of Denise Midei, I have experienced her moral and ethical standards that run deep through her family. I am sickened by the thought that a good man and his family can be dragged through the mud because a vindictive ex-colleague has made it his mission. I stand by the Midei family and know that the truth will prevail.

Submitted on February 7, 2010, 7:42 pm By Pam

I've been a critical care RN at SJMC for 10 years and have witnessed many lives saved by Dr. Midei. I always said if I needed a cath, I would want Dr. Midei to do it. I still feel that way today. It's a shame how many lives will be lost without his expertise. My heart goes out to him and his family. God bless you and may the truth prevail.

Submitted on February 7, 2010, 12:55 pm By Cathy Novak

I referred my father to Dr. Midei and I would do it again without and doubt. I don't know any other physican I would trust as much as Dr. Midei with members of my family for heart catherization and treatment.

Submitted on February 7, 2010, 8:48 am By Dennis L. Wallace

Dr. Midei has put three stents in my wife in the last eight years. Each time we had to go to St. Joseph's for the procedures we both hoped Dr. Midei was working in the Cath Lab that day. His professionalism, his true concern for his patients, and his overall willingness to make a sometimes scary situation, as normal as possible are just some of the many reasons we have been blessed to have Dr. Midei as our surgeon. Dr. Midei sets the standard for the true meaning of the word cardiologist.

Submitted on February 7, 2010, 8:29 am By stacy foertsch

As a nurse at SJMC, I worked with Dr Midei for many years. He saved so many lives and I personally witnessed so many of them. The families he spoke so compassionately to and the patients he took to the lab on a stretcher himself to save time. The pumps he put in at bedside to safe lives... He is a wonderful man who is very talented. Thanks for all your wonderful years and we the ICU nurses Miss You very much. Our support to you and your family....

Submitted on February 6, 2010, 7:14 pm By Donna W. Smith

In my book Dr. Midei is the one of only doctors that I would let cath me or my family. Many years ago my mother was in a local hospital with chest pain. She received a heart catheterization, which took a long time, that revealed she had a "kink" in her left main. They sent her home. At that point I was not comfortable with that diagnosis so I called a friend who refered me to Dr. Medei. I brought the cath films to him. He immediately cathed my mother only to find her left main was 99% BLOCKED!!!!! She was sent right into open heart surgery and her life was saved. Dr. Midei even took the time to bring me in the lab to show me both cath tapes to see that what they called a "kink" was a 99% blocked also known as the widow maker. My mom is alive today at the age of 80 thanks to Dr. Midei. We thank him everyday for saving her life.

Submitted on February 6, 2010, 3:49 pm By Martin I. Moylan

I am a former patient of Dr. Midei.I am seventy-seven years old and have never had a heart attack- even though I had extremely high triglycerdies since my forties. This condition put me a great risk of cardiac problems. Dr. Midei performed multiple stent procedures on me and probably saved my life. He was extremely professional. He counseled my wife and myself before and after the procedure. I remember after my first stent procedure, his nurses in the recovery room stated that he saved many lives.

Submitted on February 6, 2010, 1:01 pm By Susan Shofer

This entire fiasco has witch hunt written all over it. Mark is a wonderful husband, father, philanthropist, son, sibling and physician. He is a compassionate man who has given tirelessly to his community and patients without asking for anything in return. It is sickening to see the hanger-ons who benefit financially from bringing someone down. Isn't this only about who is making big bucks at the expense of someone else? I haven't met anyone wronged or harmed by Mark, but have spoken to several people whose family member is still alive today because Mark saved their life. Ironically, there seems to be a massive search to unearth people who have been harmed by Mark. HMMMMM.

Submitted on February 6, 2010, 12:46 pm By Beth L.

I worked @ SJMC for 11 years on the cardiac unit caring for many post-cath pts. I cared for many pts saved by Mark Midei's renowned skills. Many of the pts traveled from out of town to have only the best care for them ~ that would be Dr Midei. I am sickened by the current events and how these law firms are playing on the naivety of the public, esp. in such trying economic times. I would hope people would once again be able to benefit from Dr. Midei's brillance and great skill. Praying this has the best outcome for Mark, his family and all those heart pts out there who need the best!!

Submitted on February 6, 2010, 6:54 am By Susan Clinnin

This group of doctors at St. Joseph's hospital saved my mother's life about 15 years ago by giving her a new heart valve. My mother, my sister, and I had a decision to make. No one, no one, told us what to do. My mother was given all of the options; we discussed this with everyone, received many opinions, and sought second opinions from other doctors even out of state. No one has any heart surgery of any kind, minor or otherwise, without going through huge processes. This is so absurd to be blaming this one fabulous doctor. Shame, shame on all of the attorney’s. The bigger question, did any one die? How many more years of life, with a great quality of life were these people given because they chose surgery or a stint??? Something is completely wrong with the legal system in this country. Seems to me St. Joseph's hospital needed a scapegoat to prevent getting in trouble for some things they did.

Submitted on February 5, 2010, 7:13 pm By Megan

I am lucky enough to be able to call Mark my big brother. I know Mark to be kind, caring, generous, unpretentious, humble, and completely honest. He is a fantastic father and devoted husband. No one has ever been prouder to have a son that is doctor than our parents. Our mom recently said if you took a thousand people and put them in a room, Mark would be the last person that this nightmare should be happening to. In a strange way, it is good that our dad passed away before this craziness began because this would have killed him. I know that dad is looking down from Heaven and giving Mark and our family the strength to persevere through this difficult time. I am so grateful to Mark and Denise's close friends in Baltimore who have been available on a daily basis. This nightmare would have been even darker if not for these special friends. I look forward to the day when the truth comes out and everyone will know that Mark only did the best for his patients. Mark, you are the best. I love you and I am so proud of you always.

Submitted on February 5, 2010, 6:58 am By Rick Wakefield

In 1999 a very close friend referred me to Mark to obtain some information about a medical procedure that "went wrong". I called his home and left a message with his wife to call me. The very next evening I received a call from Mark and he could not have been nicer. He was the ultimate professional, he was caring and he provided me with a sense of calmness about my situation. I doubt that he ever realized how much his patience and understanding meant to me during a very difficult time in my life. I will always be grateful for the time that he took out of a very busy schedule to speak to me! I don't know all of the details about his current situation but I do know that this man belongs in the medical profession and anyone saying otherwise is doing so for reasons other than his medical qualifications. My prayers are with Dr. Midei and his family!

Submitted on February 4, 2010, 10:04 pm By sue ellen filar

Excellent surgeon, kindly, compassionate, devoted, humble - these are the words that come to mind when I (and undoubtedly everyone else) think of Mark Midei, M.D. I have known the Midei family for 18 years. They were former neighbors and our children attended the same school. We were a very close community; and, the Midei family was happily involved and engaged in all activities - always generous and offering their hospitality on many occasions, opening their homes and hearts to various meetings, gatherings, friends, and children through the years. It was in their home that I had the honor of meeting Mark's wonderful parents: a lovely couple, deeply devoted to each other and deeply proud of their son, Mark, and his beautiful family. It was easy to see that they had given Mark the solid foundation and loving upbringing which resulted in the fine qualities that define Mark today. My late husband was an ophthalmic surgeon who practiced at GBMC and St. Joseph's. Through the years, he had patients whose LIVES WERE SAVED by Dr. Midei. Not only were they appreciative of Mark's extraordinary skill and peerless diagnostic abilities, they always praised the high level of care and compassion offered to them by Mark - never boastful, always humble, diligent, wanting the very best for his patients. This is Mark Midei, M.D. A respected physician of the highest honor, a loyal friend, committed family man. All who know him know he is beyond reproach, and we pray that this nightmare will end soon. Mark, Denise and their family with all their goodness do not deserve this ugly chapter in their lives. With the love and unfailing support from all of us, may they find some peace. Love and prayers to you, Mark and Denise!

Submitted on February 4, 2010, 9:13 pm By Terry Lewis

After a heart attack followed by a catherization Dr. Midei advised me that I did not need a stent. Since that time Mark,Denise, and children have become extended family, spending holidays and Christmas together each year. We have watched Mark tirelessly practice 24-7 sacrificing everything else for his patients. There is no man more dedicated or humble. He is a brilliant physician and did not deserve what St. Joseph Hospital has done to him. As a salaried employee his entire carreer, it is both an insult and a fraud that St. Joseph Hospital and other vultures would infer that Dr, Midei personally benefited from anything that he did. Furthermore, the beneficiary of this hard work and professionalism was St. Joseph Hospital. How can they sleep at night?

Submitted on February 4, 2010, 5:52 pm By Inez Begue

Mark Midei is in good company with Jesus Christ, since he is also being condemned unjustly. The Mark I know is a man of honesty and integrity. Mark is a reserved, unassuming man who leads a quiet life and whose main concern is the welfare of his family and his patients. Mark's four children are a fine example of his good parenting. They have learned from his example and if you would contact any of the parents of the kids' friends you would get nothing but positive comments. Dr. Midei loves his work and his patients and no one ever complained when family plans were interrrupted with an emergency call for Mark. These calls came weekends, in the middle of the night, minutes after Mark returned home from the hospital or on the way home from visiting a patient. When we visited Mark, we never heard any gripes; the family knew his patients were Mark's first obligation. He is not a man driven by greed as he is being portrayed. He is driven by love for, and dedication to, his profession. To ruin this man and his family because of someone's jealous revenge and vindictiveness is simply unforgivable and heart-wrenching. His extended family and many loyal friends are praying for those who are condemning him. We know that if he is judged fairly people will see, as we do, that Mark is one of the country's finest, most caring doctors. Yes, I am Mark Midei's mother-in-law, an honor I think qualifies me to speak on behalf of his character. I am proud to do so.

Submitted on February 4, 2010, 2:43 pm By Gina Howard

I have known the Midei family for 12 yrs, since our children attended the same school---They are all the nicest people you would want to meet. I have always said, and still would, that if I needed a heart dr., I'd only want Mark Midei! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them druing this awful time.

Submitted on February 4, 2010, 2:02 pm By Mitchell Begue

Dr.Midei saved my grandfathers life. We live in Ohio and the interventional cardiologist here wanted to Cath him to see the blockage and then have him come back to have a stent put in. So he spoke with Dr. Midei and in one procedure was able to do the the stent. He was very happy with the care and concern Dr. Midei showed. My grandpa is able to hunt and fish with me now.

Submitted on February 4, 2010, 10:48 am By Sandy Doeller

Mark Midei is a man of great integrity. Mark is an outstanding doctor with compassion and care for all his patients. Mark was hired and promoted by St. Joseph's for these very reasons. I have referred family and friends to Mark and they have ALL said he is the finest. It is truly disheartening to see how one's career can attempt to be destroyed due to the ignorance and greed of other human beings. But as we witness today, this is how our world has evolved. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Midei family who our family knows well and has for many years - no one (adults or children) should have to go through what they are going through due to the greed of others. Thanks to the folks who have put this website together, to everyone who has and will post who know Mark personally and/or professionally and for those who don't know Mark but take the opporunity to get to know Mark in the way that many of us do by taking a moment to read what others know to be true about Mark. May we continue to have the best doctors out there to take care of us .......

Submitted on February 4, 2010, 10:01 am By Kate Laws

I had the privilege of working with Mark Midei at SJMC. It became clear very early as I worked in the Cath lab that not only was Mark a truly gifted interventionist, but also a person of great personal and professional integrity. He always behaved in a way to give every patient the best possible care available. His quiet strength and humility made everyone working in the cath lab want to do their best also. He has taken care of several friends and I have NEVER been sorry that I recommended Dr. Midei. Mark and Denise and the kids are in our thoughts and prayers and I cannot wait to see this nonsense end.

Submitted on February 4, 2010, 8:24 am By Kim Vantran

I am so thankful that we (the many) finally have a place to voice OUR opinions about our friend Dr. Mark Midei. I worked with Mark in the Cath Lab at Church Hospital starting in 1988 - and got to know and respect him starting there. He has the highest level of skill and moral integrity that I have seen in this business. We all have seen plenty -haven't we. It is a running joke amongst my friends that if you ever have chest pain that you should "sharpie" "only Mark Midei please" - on your chest before they take you to the hospital! Seriously though, I am amazed at the level of misrepresentation that is taking place - all against one of the finest. It seems like a witch hunt to most of us. I would expect the lawyers to circle around with this situation, that doesn't surprise me - but I would think that more people that he has saved the LIFE of would speak up about how wrong this all is. Mark is someone that would do anything to help - he worked long hours but was always willing to lend a hand - or consult on a difficult case. I never have doubted his honesty or dedication or work ethic. He is someone that you hold up as an example to your kids to say - look what you can become with hard work... Hopefully we can start a movement to question what is going on - and to show how much we care and respect Mark.

Submitted on February 4, 2010, 5:12 am By Carol White

I have the utmost respect for Mark as a doctor, friend and family man. My heart breaks for Mark and his family every time I hear or see the advertisements. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you daily. I am always here if there is anything I can do. Mark is a wonderful person.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 9:26 pm By Wendy Chesser

I worked with Dr. Midei for many years at St. Joseph Medical Center and always held him in the utmost regard. He was the doctor that I would go to or refer family and friends to. He is an amazing cardiologist. He's a top notch doctor who cares deeply for his practice and patients. He is competent and a wonderful doctor.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 9:03 pm By Brenda English

I have known Mark Midei since 1988. Our children have grown up together and the Mideis have become very dear friends of ours. This breaks my heart to hear what the lawyers, the media and St. Joseph's hospital are saying about Dr. Midei. I have first hand experience regarding Marks compassion and skill as a physician. He has gone above and beyond the call of duty in regards to my father's medical condition. After my father's second by-pass surgery Mark stayed in the CCU until my father was stable. Unfortuately, my father's heart stopped and Mark had to use the paddles several times to start his heart again. Fortunately, Mark was successful in getting my father's heart beating again. Mark did not have to be in the CCU to make sure everything was okay but he did anyway because that is the type of person that he is. Several weeks later my father was still having a problem with arythmia and once again Mark stepped in. He made the suggestion for my father to have an ACD implanted in his chest. Had my father not done this he would have had a massive coronary which would have certainly ended his life. But, because of Mark's recommendation my father had it implanted and it subsequently went off several times shocking his heart back into rhythm. So, you can see Mark cares about people and only wants the very best for each patient! Our family will forever be grateful to Dr. Midei for the care and concern that he showed our father. I also have several friends who credit Mark with either saving their life or the life of a loved one. This is truly a travesty what is being done to Dr. Midei and his wonderful family.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 8:58 pm By Caroline Haislip

I have grown up with the Mideis and consider all of them to be an extended family to me. I have spent many hours in their home and consider Dr Midei to be one of the most genuine and intelligent people that I have had the good fortune to know. Knowing that I someday hope to be a doctor myself, Dr Midei has given me advice and even allowed me to shadow him during work. He has been a great mentor and role model for me and I am hoping for the quick arrival of the day when this is all over and Dr Midei and his family can go on with their lives.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 6:26 pm By Beth Hulse

I worked with Dr. Mark Midei at St. Joseph\\\'s Hospital for over 5 years. I am proud to say that I have encouraged my family members and friends to request Dr. Midei if they were ever in need of emergency intervention when suffering from chest pain or other heart attack symptoms! I believe Dr. Midei acts in the best interest of his patients. I find that he is passionate about his profession and is dedicated to the Hippocratic Oath. As further testiment, my husband requested Dr. Midei\\\'s care when suffering from chest pain. Thanks Mark!

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 5:08 pm By Carol Haislip

Each one of the Midei family is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Denise and Mark have nothing but the highest level of character. They are always all about doing whatever they can for other people. Once again the media is all about the sensationalism and bad news instead of trying to get to the truth.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 5:01 pm By JoAnn King

I have known Dr. Mark Midei for about 15 years since all of our children attended the same schools. Personally he has been very involved in his community and it is because of his kindness, professionalism and mentoring, that my oldest son now wants to persue medicine as a career. He is a role model.Professionally he is simply known as the best around. He has a wonderful family and my heart breaks for what he and his family are going through...he didn\'t deserve this.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 3:36 pm By Cheryl Foxwell

This is such a travasty. Mark I am with you all the way. Stand tall and proud cause we know you great you are. This should not be allowed to happen. It is all about how much money some people think they can get. It is truely amazing that things are allowed to go so far and how they are willing to destroy a man and his career unfoundedly over money. The lawyers as well as these people should be shot. Thanks Mark Midei for all you did and do. See you back at it soon. Cheryl Foxwell

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 3:19 pm By Georgina Hayward

I met Dr. Midei in 1988 when he was hired to open up a Cath Lab at Church Home and Hosp. He was enthusiastic and one of the finest physicians I have had the pleasure to work with. My mother died while having a cardiac cath procedure. Unfortunately, Dr. Midei wasn't available to do her case. I have often wondered if the outcome may have been different if he was in charge of her case. He cathed my father years later and he did not require any stents. I BELIEVE IN DR.MIDEI. I feel sick every time I see the commercials on T.V. He is a quality human being. Baltimore is without a great interventionalist now.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 3:16 pm By Bryan Babcock

I have known the Midei family since 1995 where I became best friends with their eldest son. In those 15 years, Dr. Midei is someone who has seen me grow up in front of his very eyes. He is someone that as I matured with age, my respect and admiration for him grew… Not only is he a worthy husband and dedicated father, but a man who puts himself first to help others. I have seen this devotion to save lives first hand. Whether it was day or night, a holiday or someone’s birthday, a snow storm or hurricane, Dr. Midei dropped what he was doing in order to save others. However, what has made an impact on me the most is Dr. Midei’s personal drive and work ethic that I have witnessed. In order to succeed in anything you must have commitment and passion. As I grew up around the Midei household, I recognized Dr. Midei’s attributes that have given him so much success; and because of this, I try to mirror his qualities every day in my own life. Dr. Midei you are truly a role-model and I hope that I can follow your footsteps towards success….

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 2:48 pm By Victoria Chew

Mark Midei saved the lives of my mother and brother-in-law. I am also privileged to know he and his family personally. He is an amazing man, who lives his life with integrity. Mark is a friend and neighbor you can always count on for help.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 2:26 pm By Angela Lewis

Mark and his family have been part of our extended family for many years which is why it has been so hard to watch such an injustice unfold. There is no question in my mind that Mark is a dedicated and highly skilled doctor that would never endanger anyone’s life. He has helped so many people throughout his career, willingly sacrificing countless dinners, events, vacations, and family time to save someone’s life and never once have I heard him complain. He has touched so many hearts, helped so many people including a family member and a good friend of mine. If only these people that are involved in dishonoring Dr. Midei could sit down with him and his family and witness the pain, sorrow, and damage they are creating for this innocent family, they would surely put an end to this ridiculous claim. It absolutely breaks my heart to witness such cruelty. Mark we love you and pray everyday that this will end. Never, never, never, give up.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 2:18 pm By Claudia Harris

Dr. Mark Midei I'm convinced, through his wise council and extraordinarily skillful care, helped extend my dad's life several times over. We will be forever indebted to him and are praying for him and his family as they suffer through this darkest of times. May they find hope in knowing the truth - that Dr. Midei has helped save the lives of so many over the years, and given the greatest gift to all the families involved.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 2:14 pm By Bryan Babcock

I have known the Midei family since 1995 where I became best friends with their eldest son. In those 15 years, Dr. Midei is someone who has seen me grow up in front of his very eyes. He is someone that as I matured with age, my respect and admiration for him grew… Not only is he a worthy husband and dedicated father, but a man who puts himself first to help others. I have seen this devotion to save lives first hand. Whether it was day or night, a holiday or someone’s birthday, a snow storm or hurricane, Dr. Midei dropped what he was doing in order to save others. However, what has made an impact on me the most is Dr. Midei’s personal drive and work ethic that I have witnessed. In order to succeed in anything you must have commitment and passion. As I grew up around the Midei household, I recognized Dr. Midei’s attributes that have given him so much success; and because of this, I try to mirror his qualities every day in my own life. Dr. Midei you are truly a role-model and I hope that I can follow your footsteps towards success….

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 2:11 pm By Andy

My father died during heart surgery as well. He was NOT under Dr Midei's care; he was operated on at a different hospital, but when he was dying, the docs on my father's hospital contacted the best doc in town (Dr. Midei of course) in the middle of the night for a consult. It was too late. I too wonder what would have happened if he ... See Morewere under Dr. Midei's care. My father may have been alive today. Sadly, more people will die because Dr Midei is not practicing right now. More people will die because docs will be fearful of putting in lifesaving stents.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 2:00 pm By J.L.

Dr. Midei is an amazing and brilliant heart surgeon. What the media has done to him has been heart breaking. If I walked into the hospital needing cardiac surgery, I would want Dr Midei there. He is the best, no one will top that.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 1:42 pm By stephanie Citron Stephanie Citron

Along with being an upstanding member of our community and a tireless philanthropist, Dr. Mark Midei has always acted in the best interest of his patients, based upon his scrupulous diagnosis of each case, with the backing - and blessing - of St. Joes. This hospital built an entire cardiac unit on Dr, Midei’s good hard work and fine reputation. This is only happening because the hospital doesn't have the gumption or loyalty to stand behind its staff, and would prefer to throw them under the bus thinking it is the best way to save itself. The press literally posted quotes from a vindictive ex-colleague who obviously assisted in launching this heinous assault. All the physicians should be running scared. And shame on anyone who is answering those ambulance chasing ads by the scavenger law firms. I will continue pray for the restoration of the quality our healthcare system and its liberation as this society spirals into the gutter by allowing gold-digging attorneys to manipulate those in charge, and the media, who appear to jump on every opportunity for sensationalism.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 1:21 pm By Brenda English

I met the Mideis back in 1988. Our children have grown up together and we have remained dear friends through the years. This breaks my heart to see how and what the media, lawyers, and St. Joseph's Hospital are doing to Mark and his family. I know first h

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 1:19 pm By Andy

My father died during heart surgery as well. He was NOT under Dr Midei's care; he was operated on at a different hospital, but when he was dying, the docs on my father's hospital contacted the best doc in town (Dr. Midei of course) in the middle of the ni

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 1:12 pm By Paul & Jill Wolford

We appreciate your website and your comments. We can also vouch for Mark's character and dedication to his profession. More later. Thanks.

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 1:09 pm By Stephanie Citron Stephanie Citron

Along with being an upstanding member of our community and a tireless philanthropist, Dr. Mark Midei has always acted in the best interest of his patients, based upon his scrupulous diagnosis of each case, with the backing - and blessing - of St. Joes. T

Submitted on February 3, 2010, 1:05 pm By Ashley L. A. Aycock

I have known Dr. Midei since I was in Elemantry school and my brother was friends with his son and in turn my mom became friends with his wife. We were very fortunate not to need Dr. Midei's care for a member of our family for many years. But about 4 ye

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