Cardiologist Quits After U Penn Alleges Unnecessary Stenting

April 04, 2013

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania cardiologist has resigned from an area hospital after coming under fire for allegedly implanting coronary stents that weren't necessary, according to local news sources[1,2].

The procedures in question had been performed during the past five years by Dr Vidya Banka at Pennsylvania Hospital, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The number of suspect cases was not disclosed.

An announcement attributed to the health system states that an outside review of Banka's cases found that "some patients received cardiac stents where the patient testing did not appear to show significant vascular blockages." Further, "We have notified the US Attorney and the [Pennsylvania] Board of Medicine and have accepted his resignation from the medical staff at Pennsylvania Hospital."

In one of the news reports[1], Bank states that the health system did "a rather nontransparent investigation of some of my cases and concluded there were some stents that were not appropriate. I do not agree with them, but they have not given me the opportunity to give my opinion."

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