Doctor seriously injured, suspect dead in Boston hospital shooting

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

January 21, 2015

A cardiovascular surgeon at a prominent Boston hospital was shot and killed by a man who then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide January 20, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

According to the report, Stephen Pasceri, 55, of Millbury, Massachusetts, walked into the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital around 11 a.m. and specifically asked for the doctor, Michael J. Davidson. When the two stepped into an exam room to speak, colleagues reported hearing loud voices and then two shots fired.

A loudspeaker warned patients and staff of an emergency as the hospital went into lockdown for about an hour, the report said. Police conducting a room-to-room search soon found the shooter in the exam room, dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot.

The report said that Pasceri was targeted specifically by the man, who apparently had an issue with his mother’s previous medical treatment at the hospital. Colleagues rushed him to the hospital’s emergency room for treatment of life-threatening injuries, according to the report, but about 12 hours later he was pronounced dead.