"I didn't derive any benefit," he said, adding that it was a hassle to "clean up after 100 people" following the party.

At times, the condemnation was more than Midei could take. On April 27 of this year, the same day he was scheduled to address the board about the license revocation recommendation, he was rushed to an alcohol and drug treatment facility for a month's stay, according to court records.

"Unfortunately, he has a broken heart," lawyer Snyder told the board at the time, explaining Midei's absence.

Midei declined to discuss the incident in detail, saying only that he "never ever had a problem with substance abuse that preceded any of this." He would neither "confirm nor deny" that he has a problem now.

"I was a leader, I was respected, I spent close to 30 years building a reputation that came crashing down," Midei said. "It's harmed my confidence, it's harmed me gravely financially. I can't find a way of providing for my family."

Abbott offered him a position for a short time until the media attention became too much to bear. He also tried working abroad in Saudi Arabia, but it was culturally uncomfortable for his wife.

He's now living near family in Ohio, where his medical license is still active, though it's set to expire in July, according to online records. He's hoping to set up a consulting business there, while Denise stays behind to sell their Maryland house, which is listed for $1.9 million.

"It's hard for me to be in Baltimore," Midei said. "I can't go to the grocery store without running into a patient. I can't go to church; I'm being sued by my neighbors, my secretary, many doctors I've treated over the years, friends. So it's just unimaginable."

He's filed a lawsuit against St. Joseph, alleging that it used him as a decoy to deflect attention from the kickback scheme between the hospital and MidAtlantic, and his lawyer plans to file a memorandum Monday supporting his request for judicial review of his case.

"One of the reasons why we've gone through this is the belief that what I've done is good work, quality work, and a belief that it's important to fight the injustice of it all," Midei said. "I don't think Baltimore, and I don't think St Joe, is as good or as safe a place with me out of practice."



January 2008: Dr. Mark Midei leaves MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates to become a full-time employee of St. Joseph Medical Center, leading a former colleague to vow revenge against him.

November 2008: The first of two anonymous letters is sent to the Board of Physicians claiming Midei was placing medical unnecessary stents in patients.

April 27, 2009: Several MidAtlantic cardiologists inform one of Midei's patients, a St. Joseph's employee, that his stent was unnecessary. The man reports the concern to hospital staff.

May 12, 2009: St. Joseph sends Midei home on "paid time off," during an investigation of his work.

July 8, 2009: St. Joseph suspends Midei's practice privileges.

November 2009: Midei resigns from St. Joseph, and the hospital begins sending letters to roughly 600 patients telling them they might have had unneeded stents implanted in their coronary arteries.

Oct. 22, 2010: Midei files a $60 million lawsuit against St. Joseph alleging that it made him into a "sacrificial lamb" to deflect the attention of civil investigators looking into a separate kickback scheme between the hospital and MidAtlantic.

Nov. 10, 2010: St. Joseph agrees to a $22 million fine to settle kickback claims and repay Medicare funds received for questionable stents placed by Midei .

Dec. 6, 2010: The U.S. Senate Finance Committee releases a report questioning whether stent maker Abbott Laboratories "indirectly encouraged" unnecessary stent procedures.

July 13, 2011: The Maryland Board of Physicians revokes Midei's medical license.

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