Slain Surgeon Remembered as Fisherman, Guitarist, Loving Father

Dr. Michael J. Davidson, director of Endovascular Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Womenâ.
Dr. Michael J. Davidson, director of Endovascular Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Womenâ.

Michael J. Davidson was remembered as a visionary cardiac surgeon, a jack of all trades, and a loving husband and father of three with a baby on the way, colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital said on Wednesday.

Davidson was shot and killed on Tuesday at the hospital after a man asked to see the doctor and then fired two bullets at him. Davidson died late Tuesday night. The suspected shooter, 55-year-old Stephen Pasceri, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

At a press conference on Wednesday, four hospital colleagues said Davidson, who they called “Mike,’’ had a range of passions and somehow managed to be an expert at all of them.


He was a fly-fisherman who built his own rod in the hospital on-call room. He was a guitarist in Off Label, a band with friends and coworkers, and he was particularly good at jamming to Tom Petty’s “American Girl.’’ Davidson’s colleagues said he was a star cardiac physician who combined surgical and interventional practices to form one of the best hospital teams in the country.

“I don’t know where he found the time to do all that,’’ said Andrew Eisenhauer, the director of interventional cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“It’s rare that you find somebody who has all that but can still be a human being at the same time,’’ said Pinak Shah, a fellow cardiologist.

Most of all, though, Davidson’s colleagues described him as a loving father of his 9- and 7-year-old daughters and a 2-year-old son. His wife, Dr. Terri Halperin, is seven months pregnant.

Eisenhauer relayed a story about Davidson buying one of his daughters a drum set. She quickly burnt out on playing, though, and Davidson was left with a drum kit in his home. So, he learned how to play, his bandmates said.

“He was a softie where his daughter was concerned,’’ Eisenhauer said. “If you could pick a father, you’d pick Mike.’’


“Mike was an incredible friend, father, husband, and an amazing lead guitarist, actually,’’ said Dan Weiner, a thoracic surgeon and fellow guitarist in Off Label. “I will miss him a lot.’’

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