Slain Surgeon Remembered as Fisherman, Guitarist, Loving Father

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

Michael J. 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. Davidson was remembered as a visionary cardiac surgeon, a jack of all trades, and a loving husband and father of three with a baby on the way, colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital said on Wednesday. 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. Despite the efforts of colleagues who rushed to his aid, the 44-year-old Davidson, a cardiovascular surgeon, succumbed to his wounds Tuesday night, officials said.

He said Stephen Pasceri was upset by their mother’s death, and the brother said in an interview Wednesday he believes “something snapped” after Stephen Pasceri learned new details about the reason for their mother’s death. 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.”

He said he was told the surgery went well, but his mother fell ill while en route from the Brigham to a rehabilitation facility in the Worcester area. During her most recent illness, Marguerite Pasceri was taking a medication for her lungs that had the potential to cause pulmonary bleeding as a side effect, Gregory Pasceri said. After the procedure, Marguerite Pasceri swore off smoking and enjoyed generally stable health until she started having breathing problems during the late summer, he said.

He also wrote his mother’s obituary, his sister, Marguerite Joly, told the Boston Herald, “I think it comes down to the fact that my brother thought it was the doctor’s fault that my mother died,” she said. Stephen Pasceri told the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester in 2011 that he was frustrated by an $8,100 bill his mother received after Gregory Pasceri had died of a heart attack. In an emotional news conference at the Brigham Tuesday afternoon, four of his colleagues remembered him as a surgeon with exceptional skill with his hands and a brilliant mind who also genuinely cared about people and was a devoted father. A hospital spokeswoman said Davidson had three children, 9, 7, and 2 ½ years old, and his wife, plastic surgeon Terri Halperin, was seven months pregnant with a fourth child. Wednesday, roughly 150 of Davidson’s colleagues gathered outside the main entrance to the hospital where the blue flag of the Brigham was lowered to half-staff while two members of the hospital security staff stood at attention.

Many of the mourners wore hospital scrubs, the clothes of their — and Davidson’s — profession and were handed multicolored roses that they laid at the base of the flagpole.

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