Michael Davidson, Boston heart surgeon, dies after gun attack at hospital

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Boston hospital shooting: First picture of surgeon shot dead by gunman ‘upset over treatment of his mother’.

They’re stabbed. Michael Davidson, a prominent heart surgeon at one of the nation’s best-known hospitals — Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston — was shot by a gunman while at work.Superintendent Robert Merner, head of the Bureau of Investigative Services, said Pasceri, “had some issue” with treatment received by his mother at the hospital, the Boston Globe Reports. 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. 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.” James Panelli, who was with his son in the hospital at the time, told local news channel WBZ-TV: “A security guard came in and said we need to evacuate the building immediately.

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. Davidson was then shot twice in the chest and died hours later; Pasceri’s body was found in an examination room. “It’s leading us to believe that there was something in the past that upset this guy, and he came in looking for this particular doctor,” said Boston Police Chief William Evans, the Wall Street Journal reported. Yes, there are shootings — too many shootings, about 15 a year — on hospital campuses, as doctors and nurses sometimes get caught in the crossfire. 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.

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.

Donald Desorcy said Pasceri had no criminal background he was aware of, and called the Pasceris a “well-respected family,” active in the Millbury Federated Church. 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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