Dr. Madhu Subramanian was raced via ambulance on Friday to the hospital where he works as a trauma surgeon after he was shot on his way there for work
Subramanian, 38, was shot multiple times in an attempted carjacking in Baltimore’s Ednor Gardens-Lakeside neighborhood – police have yet to identify a suspect
The Baltimore based trauma surgeon, was rushed to his own hospital ward where his life was saved by his coworkers
Johns Hopkins doctor Joseph Sakran initially thought it was a April Fools Day Prank when he heard news of the shooting, and detailed the experience of operating on a colleague
‘Despite my own experience, nothing prepares you when the person you have to take care of is one of your own’
Subramanian was not seriously injured. He was treated and has since been released, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center stated
A Baltimore trauma surgeon was rushed as a trauma patient to his own hospital ward on Friday after he was shot in an attempted carjacking on his way to work.
Dr. Madhu Subramanian on his way to work, was ambushed by two dark-colored cars that tried to block him in around 7am at the 1110 block of E. 36th Street in Northeast Baltimore, near the intersection of Loch Raven Boulevard, according to CBS Baltimore.
Baltimore police Department officers were called to the scene found a 38-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound in the 1200 block of East 33rd Street, police said.
Neighbor Menchin Liu told the outlet that two armed suspects demanded Subramanian get out of his car – and when the surgeon drove off, instead, they shot him.
Responding officers found the injured doctor nearby at the 1200 block of that street, near the intersection of Loch Raven Boulevard, with multiple gunshot injuries.
He was rushed to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he works in acute care surgery, trauma surgery, surgical critical care and burn care, for surgery.
Thankfully, despite being shot multiple times, Subramanian survived and has since been released.
His fellow trauma surgeon, Dr. Joseph Sakran, detailed his shock at seeing his colleague as a critically-injured patient.
Sakran wrote that he initially thought that news of the shooting was an April Fool’s Day prank.
‘As a Survivor of #GunViolence and a Trauma Surgeon at @hopkinsmedicine, I’ve seen this public health crisis from numerous vantage points,’ he tweeted Friday evening.
‘Despite my own experience, nothing prepares you when the person you have to take care of is one of your own… In the heat of the moment, we often compartmentalize the emotion that goes along with caring for these injured patients… How do you do that when it’s one of your own?’
Subramanian specializes in acute care surgery, trauma surgery, surgical critical care and burn care at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he has worked since 2020, according to the hospital’s website
Subramanian has worked at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center since 2020 alongside his wife, Erica Hodgman, who is a pediatric surgeon.
The hospital has since released a statement saying they were glad he had ‘survived this horrific incident’.
‘Dr. Subramanian was not seriously injured and has been treated and released,’ according to an email sent by Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO Paul Rothman and Johns Hopkins Health System President Kevin Sowers to The Baltimore Sun.
‘Unfortunately, our community, like so many others around the city, has experienced a troubling increase in crime in recent weeks that affects us all,’ the email continued.
‘News like this is understandably upsetting and can provoke fear and anxiety.’
‘We are so grateful he survived this horrific incident and will be ok,’ Dr. Joseph Sakran wrote.
Dr. Sakran detailed his shock at seeing his colleague as a critically-injured patient.
Sakran, who was nearly killed by a stray bullet in high school, said that gun violence is a ‘public health issue’ in the crime-riddled city, writing that ‘we have the opportunity and responsibility to do better’. Reacting to the incident Councilwoman Odette Ramos, whose district includes the Ednor Gardens-Lakeside neighborhood where Subramanian was shot said, the incident took place near Baltimore City College high school, where classes start at 7.45 am.
‘There were students and lots of people out,’ she told the Sun. ‘It is really disturbing.’
The Baltimore Police Department has yet to announce a suspect or arrest in the shooting.
For the past seven years there has been an average of one homicide every 30 hours in Baltimore, with the city recording more than 300 homicides each year.
As of April 2, there have been 72 homicides and 171 shooting incidents in the city, according to the Baltimore Police Department.
Carjackings are up by 67 percent, with 135 carjackings reported so far this year compared to 81 at the same time last year, according to the Department’s latest crime statistics. Robberies within the city are up by 20 percent, the Sun reported.