Cardiac Surgeon Shot and Killed at Brigham and Women's Hospital


January 20, 2015

BOSTON, MA ( updated ) — Dr Michael Davidson, the cardiac surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital shot twice January 20, 2015, has died of his injuries, according to an updated statement from the Boston police department.

The surgeon, age 44, was rushed to the emergency department for treatment of life-threatening injuries but did not survive. Dr Davidson, who was director of endovascular cardiac surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, was shot on the second floor of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said they responded to a 911 call at 11:07 am regarding shots fired at the hospital. The suspect, 55-year-old Stephen Pasceri, was found by police in an examination room suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Boston police homicide unit is currently investigating the facts and circumstances of the incident, including the possibility that Pasceri was upset about the medical care of a family member. According to the Boston Globe, the police have said their preliminary investigation suggests Pasceri had an issue about the medical treatment of his mother at the hospital. Marguerite Pasceri died November 15, 2014 and was a patient of Dr Davidson's, according to media reports.

Dr Davidson graduated from Yale University School of Medicine in 1996 and was board certified in general and thoracic surgery. He completed surgical residencies at Duke University Medical Center and the Brigham and Women's Hospital and joined the faculty at the Brigham in 2006.

He had a wide range of clinical interests, including minimally invasive surgery for valvular disease and transcatheter valve replacement. He played a key role in establishing the Brigham's hybrid operating room as well as participating in the hospital's first triscuspid valve-in-valve procedure, according a letter from Dr Elizabeth Nabel, president of the Brigham and Women's Hospital, sent to hospital staff late last night.

In the letter, which was reported by the Boston Globe , Nabel said they are heartbroken by the loss. "Dr 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," she wrote. "It is truly devastating that his own life was taken in this horrible manner."

In addition to his clinical roles, Dr Davidson was an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.


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