The doctor who calmly kept the nation's capital and the country updated on the surviving victims of Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard is getting attention for her other comments that there is "something evil in our society" with its level of gun violence.
Washington Hospital Center chief operating officer Dr. Janis M. Orlowski speaks during a news conference on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, about the conditions of the wounded people who were brought here from the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. (AP)
"There's something evil in our society that we as Americans have to work to try and eradicate," Dr. Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said in response to a question. "I may see this every day...there is something wrong here when we have these multiple shootings, these multiple injuries, there's something wrong."
Orlowski -- who the Washington Business Journal reported had actually resigned her post earlier that morning to take another job, effective next month -- continued: "I'd like you to put my trauma center out of business. I really would. I would like to not be an expert on gunshots."
"It's a challenge to all of us. This is not America. This is not Washington, D.C. This is not good. So we've got to work to get rid of this," she added.
Appearing Monday night on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," Orlowski said she "had a moment where I told you exactly what I think."
"I wish that we didn't have to deal with senseless trauma. I wish that we had a way to close a trauma unit for something like this. I think it's great that we have a trauma unit, that we serve the people of Washington, that we do as well as we do," Orlowski said on CNN. "But you know what America? Put me out of business, make it so I don't have to have a trauma center."