Surgeon shot at Brigham & Women’s Hospital dies

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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.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.Authorities said Stephen Pasceri, 55, entered Brigham and Women’s Hospital — which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School — sometime before 11:00 and specifically requested the doctor, who police declined to name because he is a victim.

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. Pasceri, of Millbury, shot the doctor twice just outside an examination room on the second floor of the Carl J and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Centre; he then turned the gun on himself, police said. 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 doctor, meanwhile, suffered life-threatening injuries. “We’re in the process of talking to witnesses, but it’s leading us to believe there was something in the past that upset this guy, that made him go in and look for this particular doctor,” Evans said earlier in the day. Police and hospital officials commended the fast response by police and hospital staff, who they said had been trained to respond to an “active shooter” situation. Walsh said he was “deeply saddened” by Davidson’s death. “This tragedy is the result of a senseless act of violence that has no place in our City,” he said in a statement early Wednesday.

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.

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