Former Patient: Slain Doctor ‘Could Have Helped So Many Others’

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Former Patient: Slain Doctor ‘Could Have Helped So Many Others’.

BOSTON — The staff of a leading Boston hospital is mourning the death of a cardiac surgeon police say was fatally shot there by a man who then killed himself. Four colleagues of Michael Davidson at Brigham and Women’s Hospital said Wednesday the father of three young children was a caring doctor and mentor who played in a rock band in his free time. The violence is mostly in the rural provinces, but the danger is everywhere: There were nearly 30 attacks on clinicians at the average Chinese hospital in 2012. At a press conference on Wednesday, four hospital colleagues said Davidson, who they called “Mike,” had a range of passions and somehow managed to be an expert at all of them. Yes, there are shootings — too many shootings, about 15 a year — on hospital campuses, as doctors and nurses sometimes get caught in the crossfire.

Degrees from Princeton and Yale, a residency at Duke, all leading up to a staff position at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, one of the nation’s finest medical institutions. A 44-year-old cardiovascular surgeon known for “saving lives and improving the quality of life for every patient he cared for,” the hospital said in a statement on Tuesday. So, he learned how to play, his bandmates said. “Mike was an incredible friend, father, husband, and an amazing lead guitarist, actually,” said Dan Weiner, a thoracic surgeon and fellow guitarist in Off Label. “I will miss him a lot.”

To publicly ask then-Senator John Kerry to conduct an investigation of his father’s $8,100 medical bill. “Truth be told, [hospitals] do it because they can get away with it,” Pasceri said at the time. “If my father had had Medicare Part B, we likely never would have looked closely at the bill. I’m certain that Medicare is being overcharged thousands of times a day by hospitals that will have great difficulty justifying the costs they are passing on.” Two months ago, Pasceri’s 78-year-old mother died. One problem is that hospitals — in the world that existed before Michael Davidson was gunned down on Tuesday, at least — generally don’t want them. An official who almost didn’t get the job because he dared to suggest that gun violence is a public health issue. (An opinion shared by many medical professionals.) Instead, hospitals will likely focus on teaching their workers how to survive a shooting.

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