The leader of a Johns Hopkins University-affiliated radiology unit may be contributing to the unjust denials of coal miners’ black lung claims, according to a yearlong investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News. The news outlets said there is a strong evidence that John Hopkins radiologist Paul Wheeler, head of a unit at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, has helped coal companies fight black lung claims as a medical expert using methods not endorsed by leaders and standard practices in his field. Wheeler, whose opinion has been used to help deny hundreds of coal miners' claims, is quoted as saying “I don’t care about the law” and “I don’t think I need medical literature.” Officials at Johns Hopkins appeared to defend Wheeler in a statement to the news organizations but then declined to answer their follow up questions.
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