Patient's husband shoots, kills South Bend Orthopaedics physician who wouldn't prescribe opioids: 4 things to know

Practice Management

Todd A. Graham, MD, was fatally shot in the parking lot of at Saint Joseph Health Rehabilitation Institute in Mishawaka, Ind., after declining to prescribe opiods to a patient, the South Bend Tribune reports.

Here are four observations:

 

1. Dr. Graham was a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at South Bend (Ind.) Orthopaedics. He saw a female patient complaining of pain on the morning of July 26. The patient sought an opioid prescription, but Dr. Graham declined to provide her one.

 

2. Early afternoon on July 26, the patient's husband retuned to Saint Joseph Health Rehabilitation Institute and engaged in an argument with Dr. Graham in the parking lot. The husband asked two witnesses to leave the parking lot before shooting Dr. Graham in the head.

 

3. The gunman fled the scene, but shot himself before the police apprehended him.

 

4. Dr. Graham also served as a consultant for the Indiana-based University of Notre Dame's athletic program.

 

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