Doctor fatally shot inside hospital; gunman kills himself

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Brigham & Women’s president `heartbroken’ by surgeon’s murder.

The worst nightmare for doctors who perform high-risk operations became a frightening reality yesterday, as a Brigham and Women’s cardiac surgeon was shot to death, reportedly by a former patient’s son. “There is a very real fear, and when things like this happen it becomes more real,” Dr. Bimalangshu Dey, a cancer specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital who performs bone marrow transplants, told the Herald yesterday. “When you have patients who could be dying for any number of reasons, even if a procedure goes as well as possible,” Dey said, “it becomes a risky business.” Stephen D. The suspect was caught on the second floor of the Shapiro Building, the hospital’s cardiovascular wing, according to Adam Gaffin, a Boston blogger at the website Universal Hub. Davidson was a wonderful and inspiring bright light and an outstanding cardiac surgeon who devoted his career to saving lives and improving the quality of life of every patient he cared for.

Thomas Risser, a cardiologist at the Cambridge Health Alliance, said the situation is “absolutely” a doctor’s worst nightmare, pointing to past instances of patients attacking doctors. James Moser, a surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said the fear of that type of retaliation is especially high among ER trauma surgeons. He stated at the time, “There is no better way to commemorate a birthday, run the marathon to achieve a personal goal and, in the process, support Team Brigham and its mission to help so many people.” He was part of the remarkable team that performed the hospital’s first tricuspid “valve-in-valve” procedure and was involved in establishing the hybrid OR at BWH, once of the most advanced operating rooms in the country.

When he was in training at University of California, Los Angeles in the early 1990s — at the height of gang activity in the city — it was a constant concern, Moser said. Paul Biddinger, director of emergency medicine at MGH, said violence both in emergency medicine and more generally in the workplace is on the rise, causing a double-whammy burden for doctors. Let us honor our dear colleague’s memory and legacy by treating each other with kindness and providing the best possible care to those who come to us in need.

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