Prominent Methodist surgeon is victim of apparent murder-suicide

HOUSTON CHRONICLE | Todd Ackerman

Houston Methodist transplant surgeon Dr. Sherilyn Gordon-Burroughs
The day before her life was tragically cut short, Dr. Sherilyn Gordon-Burroughs sat outdoors with her mom talking about the new group of residents chosen last week to receive their surgical training at Houston Methodist Hospital.

The surgical residents were "the babies" of Gordon-Burroughs, a prominent transplant surgeon and director of the hospital's general surgery training program for new doctors who'd just finished their four years of medical school. She became close to each one, from their first day at Methodist to their next job.

"She was their role model, their source of encouragement," said Shirley Gordon, her mom. "That wasn't there for her class when she was a medical student. She wanted to change that."

Gordon-Burroughs' star was still rising, one of only a handful of black female surgeons in the nation, when she died over the weekend at 48, the apparent victim of a murder-suicide involving her husband. A SWAT team found her dead in the family's Richmond home, after her husband Daniel Burroughs, 60, took his life at the conclusion of a five-hour SWAT team stand-off on Sunday. Continue reading

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