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Anniversary services held for slain Boston surgeon

Hospital Safety Insider, January 21, 2016

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Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston held a flag-lowering service for Dr. Michael Davidson on January 20, the one-year anniversary of his death, according to a report from Boston.com.

Davidson, a father of four and cardiovascular surgeon, was shot and killed by a deceased patient's son while working at the hospital.

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

The report said that Davidson was targeted specifically by Pasceri, who apparently had a problem with his mother's previous medical treatment at the hospital. Colleagues rushed Davidson 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.

According to the Boston.com article, a Boston Marathon tribute team made up of friends and family raised over $30,000 last April for the Dr. Michael J. Davidson Family Fund to help support Davidson's four children and wife. Last September, the late doctor's bandmates performed a tribute concert in his memory, and all proceeds went to the fund.

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