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Medical Malpractice Warrior Becomes a Victim

Doctors missed the signs of a cancer that now threatens the life of Michael Mone ’67.

April 6, 2017 -- Boston College Law School's annual Scholarship Dinner, held at the Four Seasons. Photo by Caitlin Cunningham ( 

Michael E. Mone ’67, a leading Boston medical malpractice attorney and well-known presence in the BC Law School community, on Sunday made public the fact that he himself is the victim of a missed diagnosis of kidney cancer, a disease that doctors say is now inoperable.

Mone told the Boston Globe that in 2017 he reached a settlement with the unnamed Boston teaching hospital and two radiologists involved in a 2009 misdiagnosis (and cannot name them because of a confidentiality agreement). He said he is going public now in the hopes it will make others more aware of the risks of negligent care.

Among Mone’s notable malpractice achievements was the 1980 state court ruling removing the three-year limit on patients’ ability to file malpractice claims. Another was the settlement he negotiated after the death of Boston Globe health columnist Betsy Lehman, who received a cancer drug overdose.

Photo: Michael Mone speaking at BC Law’s Scholarship Dinner in 2017.