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Guess who's Tweeting about stents? Mark Midei!

The Baltimore Sun

Most people as heavily embroiled in litigation -- extremely public litigation -- you probably don't join Twitter and start Tweeting about the very topics of your legal trouble.

But Mark G. Midei does.

The disgraced cardiologist, accused of performing unnecessary medical procedures, has been breezily Tweeting away for weeks now. Find him @markgmidei.

He Tweets funny stuff. He Tweets medical stuff. And re-Tweets articles he finds interesting. And quite a bit of stuff relating to hearts and stents -- the very thing his critics say he placed in patients who didn't need them.

He's Tweeted about 70 times and has 29 followers (quite of few of them are reporters).

His very first missive back in January?

"How does the Dalai Lama order pizza: One with everything."


And then, a few days later: "Two thirds of the world is covered by water. The rest is covered by Ed reed."


Oh -- and lest you think this is one of those parody Twitter accounts a la @RawlingsFake or @FakeSheilaDixon, it's not. First of all, it's not that funny. And Sun reporter Scott Dance verified it.

After the jokey opener, Midei started Tweeting more medical subject matter. Wondering about a "shake-up" in the cardiology world. Passing on an editorial from a medical journal with the headline, "Patients and physicians seeking to "do the right thing" face "many pitfalls." And he shared a bunch of stories about stents, sometimes offering his two cents.

Linking to a piece about the decline in cardiovascular procedures, he wondered, "Is Baltimore situation a cause or the canary in the coalmine?"

Most recently came a flurry of re-Tweets -- local stories about himself after his lawyers asked a judge to let his defamation lawsuit against St. Joesph Medical Center go to trial.

Midei told the Sun in an interview last year that since inquiries into his stent operations began in 2009, and he was sued by hundreds of former patients and forced to resign and give-up his medical license, he also became depressed, went into rehab and had to put his house up for sell to make ends meet.

He's maintained he did nothing wrong. And, at least on Twitter, has held on to his sense of humor.

His tagline on his profile? "From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."


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