ODESSA, TX — Dr Suresh Gadasalli, a renowned cardiologist of Indian origin was reportedly shot dead by his friend Ayyasamy Thangam at the ‘Healthy Heart Centre’ on Thursday.
Thangal, a 60 year-old patient, barged into the clinic and shot at Dr. Gadasalli multiple times, before locking the door. He then shot himself dead. Witnesses recall hearing a single distinct gunshot after a series of shots. The incident shocked the city of 2.5 lakh people.
According to Odesaa police Department Corporal Steve LeSueur, the men were close friends and business associates. The brother-in-law of Gadasalli said that the two families knew each other for a decade, and that the last rites will be held in Odessa likely on Wednesday, according to a recent report in The Hindu.
Dr. Gadasalli hailed from Bangalore, and was educated at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Belgaum, Karnataka, before studying at the Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and the Sinai Samaritan Centre in Milwaukee. He was recruited by Medical Centre Hospital in Odessa, Texas in 1994.
The Healthy Heart Centre profile mentions that Dr Suresh Gadasalli was recognised as a leading physician of the world by the International Association of Cardiologists. He was named “super doctor” by Texas Monthly in 2008.
In 2005, he performed the world’s first simultaneous hybrid revascularization, which involved two major procedures - coronary artery bypass and stent replacement, using a robotic system known as the Da Vinci Surgical System.