CaribWorldNews, BOSTON, MA, Thurs. Oct. 29, 2009: A Haitian-born doctor was last night recovering from an attack by a psychiatric patient in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Astrid Desrosiers, according to hospital officials, was in serious but stable condition last night after being stabbed by Jay Carciero, 37, of Reading.
Carciero reportedly attacked Dr. Desrosiers during a treatment session at the Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program, in Boston.
The program provides clinical care, conducts research and educates the community about bipolar disorder, according to its Website. An off-duty security officer who was armed intervened as Carciero stabbed the doctor and ordered the attacker to drop the weapon. When he did not comply, the guard shot Carciero, killing him.
Dr. Desrosiers, 49, is a mother of two college-age children, is a graduate of the State University of Haiti’s School of Medicine and Pharmacy and the Harvard University School of Public Health. She is a board-certified psychiatrist with 19 years experience. She also teaches psychiatry at Harvard
Medical School, is affiliated with the Haitian Mental Health Program, and lived in Belmont for at least the last decade. Her major interests include psychopharmacology, the role of psychosocial factors in the treatment of mood disorders, and health disparities and the impact of multicultural issues on patient care.
Dr Desrosiers was licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts 16 years ago.