At Northwestern University's prestigious research hospital, one heart doctor is making a serious accusation against another. Nalini Rajamannan alleges that Patrick McCarthy, her former professional idol, engaged in "human experimentation" on patients' hearts without their approval…
As part of the brawl, Dr. Rajamannan sought a financial agreement with Northwestern that included a $2 million endowed research chair…Dr. McCarthy, 54, son of a surgeon, chose that path later -- in second grade, he has said. Both went to Notre Dame and later worked at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
Dr. Rajamannan's innovative research at Mayo and Northwestern on heart-valve problems earned an invitation from Dr. McCarthy in 2006 to be part of a paper he was going to publish on his Myxo invention. "I was very excited," she says. That year, both heart specialists shared a page in Chicago Magazine's "Top Doctors" issue.
Wall Street Journal, by Alicia Mundy, 12/23/09