Features  |   May 2018
Silent Epidemic: Protecting Health Care Providers From Violence in the Workplace
Author Affiliations
  • Mercy A. Udoji, M.D., CMQ
    Committee on Patient Safety and Education
  • Fred E. Shapiro, D.O., FASA
    Committee on Patient Safety and Education
    Chair
  • Sara E. Neves, M.D.
    Committee on Patient Safety and Education
  • Melanie Donnelly, M.P.H., M.D.
    Committee on Patient Safety and Education
Article Information
Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Pain Medicine / Patient Safety / Features / Opioid
Features   |   May 2018
Silent Epidemic: Protecting Health Care Providers From Violence in the Workplace
ASA Monitor 5 2018, Vol.82, 28-31.
ASA Monitor 5 2018, Vol.82, 28-31.
January 2015: Dr. Michael Davidson, a Boston cardiac surgeon, was fatally shot outside a hospital examination room by the son of a former patient who was upset about his mother’s death, for which he blamed the surgeon. Police reported the gunman walked into the hospital, shot the doctor twice and then killed himself.1 
July 2017: Dr. Todd Graham, an Indiana orthopedic surgeon, was fatally shot by the husband of a patient because the surgeon refused to prescribe opioids to his wife. Following his wife’s appointment, the angered husband followed and shot Dr. Graham while in his office parking lot. According to police, the gunman later killed himself.2 
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