Transplant surgeon murdered at Florida Hospital

A murder-suicide in a parking garage at Florida Hospital in Orlando left a doctor and the gunman dead today, police said.

The doctor was identified as 41-year-old Dmitriy Nikitin, a skilled transplant surgeon. The gunman, allegedly a disgruntled patient, killed himself after shooting the surgeon several times in the chest.

Officers closed off the hospital garage after being called about 5:10 p.m. to the facility at 601 E. Rollins. St. Jones said that the shooting happened near the elevators on the first floor of the garage, which is used by employees and patients’ families.

“The Florida Hospital family is deeply saddened by the tragic event Thursday evening which has taken two lives, one of whom is Dr. Dmitriy A. Nikitin, a respected and talented multi-organ transplant surgeon,” Florida Hospital said in a statement released tonight. “At this time, we ask for your sympathy as we and the family of Dr. Nikitin grieve for our loss.”

The Orlando Fire Department said it took the shooting victims to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Both victims died, despite heroic resuscitation measures.

According to his profile on the Florida Hospital website, Nikitin was “board certified in general surgery specializing in multi-organ abdominal transplant surgery. He completed his Transplantation Surgery Fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and his General Surgery Residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.” He had no malpractice claims.

Nikitin completed his residency in anesthesia and intensive care in Omsk, Russia, the profile said. In addition to English, he spoke Russian, Ukrainian and Spanish.

Nikitin was also an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine, according to the school’s website.

source: Orlando Sentinel

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