Jury seated in Sidari medical malpractice trial

By Joe Dolinsky - jdolinsky@timesleader.com | March 2nd, 2016 10:25 am

WILKES-BARRE — A jury was seated Wednesday in the medical malpractice trial over the death of a young doctor at a Geisinger hospital.

Dr. Jennifer Sidari, 26, of West Pittston, died at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville over the 2013 Memorial Day weekend of complications from a blood clot. A subsequent lawsuit filed against Geisinger in January 2014 alleged Sidari’s death was avoidable if not for a series of errors that began shortly after her arrival at the Plains Township hospital.

Geisinger has defended its care, claiming it was rendered in “accordance with the accepted standard of medical care in the community.”

A pool of 70 potential jurors was whittled down over the course of two days to a panel of 16 — a 12-person jury of six men and six women and four alternates. The four alternates are women.

The oldest of three siblings, Sidari was a graduate of Wyoming Area High School and the University of Scranton. She was a member of The Commonwealth Medical College’s charter class and among the first wave of locally trained students to receive a doctor of medicine degree from the Scranton-based medical college.

Opening arguments are expected to begin later this morning.

Check back to timesleader.com for further updates.


By Joe Dolinsky


Reach Joe Dolinsky at 570-991-6110 or on Twitter @JoeDolinskyTL