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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 [email protected]. Thank you, Eric

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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: [email protected]

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: 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: / and here:!/group.php?gid=288266678464 ( 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:^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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