Dr. Brent Ashley Cambron
A physician scheduled to face drug and larceny charges today in Roxbury District Court was found dead at the hospital where he formerly worked in a suspected suicide yesterday, law enforcement sources said.
The body of Dr. Brent Ashley Cambron was discovered in a closet at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at about 8 a.m. Cops suspect he died of an intentional drug overdose, sources said.
Cambron, 35, was a respected anesthesiologist at the Boston hospital before he agreed to stop practicing in June 2007, when he became the focus of an unspecified probe by the Board of Registration in Medicine.
Friends described Cambron as a fiercely loyal man who worried about his father and always seemed to take on leadership roles.
"He told me how much he hadn't counted on the day-to-day loss of patients" impacting him, said John E. Thomas of Phoenix, Cambron's former college roommate. "He always wanted to be the grownup in the situation. He was the one with the plan. He was probably the smartest man I've ever met."
According to court documents, Boston police found Cambron on April 25 with a backpack full of 20 stolen syringes of powerful painkillers such as Demerol and the anesthetic Diprivan. In July 2007, he was arrested for similar charges at Caritas Carney in Norwood, according to a local media report.
Beth Israel administrators sent a memo to the staff yesterday saying, "the loss of a former colleague has been very stressful to those who knew and worked with him. Our sympathies go out to his family."
Cambron was listed as a "recognized expert" in anesthesia by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.
"It was easy to admire him for his quiet confidence, dedication to his fellow residents and willingness to lend an ear when something, if ever, was troubling you," said former Beth Israel anesthesia resident Dr. Vivian Jung Tanaka, who worked under Cambron when he was chief resident.