We honor the memory of Dr. Michael Davidson, the son of long-time DUCCS member, Robert M. Davidson, M.D. Michael died following a shooting while seeing patients in his clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on January 20th. Michael had a long connection with Duke Medical Center, having been born there, while his dad, Bob, was a Cardiology fellow at Duke.
Although he grew up mostly in Southern California, he subsequently attended Princeton University and Yale Medical School, and then once again, returned to Duke Medical Center, where he did his internship and residency in Surgery at Duke, and spent a year in the lab of Dr. Robert Lefkowitz and Walter Koch, doing research on G-Protein receptors in the heart. During his residency, he met Terri Halperin, a medical student at Duke, and they subsequently married at the Duke Hillel facility on campus in 2001. They then moved to Boston, where Michael completed his surgical residency and went on to a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He took an additional year in the cardiac cath lab, where he learned interventional cardiology, which he would later combine with his surgical training to pioneer the “hybrid” procedure approach to cardiac interventions. Following his training program, he joined the cardiac surgery staff of the Brigham in 2006, and later became the Director of Endovascular Cardiac Surgery. Being the “complete” interventionalist, he would often perform a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, and then take the patient to the OR for surgery or perform a transcatheter valvular or aortic intervention with other members of the team. He enjoyed teaching, and was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard University School of Medicine.
He is survived, by his parents and wife, his sister Hillary, and children Kate, Liv and Graham, along with a yet to be born baby daughter. He will be deeply missed, not only by his family, friends and colleagues, but by his many grateful patients.
Contributed by Bob Davidson