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The Role of the Medical Examiner-Coroner in LA County
Dr. Lakshmanan will discuss his role as Medical Examiner-Coroner in Los Angeles County and the following aspects of his work:    Coroner law, including local practices for accepting Coroner cases in Los Angeles County.    A team approach in medico-legal death investigation.    The benefits of autopsies in evaluating natural and unnatural deaths.Dr. Lakshmanan is a medical graduate from Stanley Medical College, Madras University India.  He is a 30+ year veteran of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, and was appointed as Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner (CME-C) for Los Angeles County on February 18, 1992 by the Board of Supervisors who also appointed him to the position of Director on April 3, 2012. He retired on August 11, 2013. He was reappointed by the Board of Supervisors on April 11th, 2016 as Interim Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner for Los Angeles County.He is a Board Certified Physician in several specialties including Anatomic, Clinical & Forensic Pathology, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He is also certified in pathology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  As a peace officer, he holds a specialized law enforcement executive certificate from the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training, State of California. Dr. Lakshmanan is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pathology at Keck School of Medicine USC and Clinical Professor of Pathology at Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has numerous publications to his credit.The Department of Coroner handles one third of the deaths in Los Angeles County with a staff that includes forensic pathologists, investigators, criminalists, toxicologists and various other support staff. During his career at the Department of Coroner, Dr. Lakshmanan has responded to several disasters including  the 1986 Cerritos air crash, 1991 LAX US Air crash, 1992 Los Angeles Riots, 1994 Northridge Earthquake, 2005 Glendale Metro-link multiple fatality train incident, 2008 Chatsworth Metro-link train accident and has personally handled/testified on several high profile cases.  Moreover, while Dr. Lakshmanan was CME-C, the Department hosted the 39th Annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) in 2005 and published a textbook in Forensic Neuropathology in 2007. Of note, Dr. Lakshmanan was President of the NAME for calendar year 2010 and in 2011 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors for the same.During his tenure as CME-C, Dr. Lakshmanan worked with organ procurement organizations (OPO) towards a zero denial policy by cooperating in the authorized removal and timely disposition of human organs and tissue from bodies of deceased persons, including victims of homicide, in accordance with law and accepted medical practice. The goal was to insure a balance between protecting the integrity of the Coroner's inquiry into an organ donor's cause and manner of death while increasing the supply of organs for potential recipients.  This allowed for the OPO's timely procurement of organs which are medically viable and supported a "win-win" situation for the potential recipient and the Medical Examiner-Coroner's office by meeting the needs of the community as well as the criminal justice system. With his unique background, Dr. Lakshmanan provides valuable insight into the field of organ procurement and transplantation.Introducer: Pat WrightInvocation: Nat ReadGuest Introductions: JP HarrisSong Leader: Phil MilesAccompanist: Ross Jutsum


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175 N. Oakland Ave.
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The Opportunity Zone

If you surf the internet long enough, you can find almost anything. And so it was for my quest to look for some linkage between the holidays and the incredible presentation by Captain Brian Davies, Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 - our guest speaker at today's meeting. In the spirit of the times, here is "T'was the Night Before Christmas-Submarine Style" by Sean Keck:

T'was the night before Christmas, and what no-one could see,
The men with the dolphins were under the sea.

THE SCOOT ZONE By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief, President Elect-Elect

After President Shel Capeloto called the meeting to order, Jonathan Edewards and his plummy baritone led us in an acapella version of our National Anthem. New member,
Gary Simonian, proved up his credentials as the son of a pastor by delivering a truly inspiring invocation about doing good work and making decisions that promote the common good.

The Opportunity Zone

Perhaps there were as many as 50 volunteers that converged on the Pasadena Unified School District Warehouse site - members from Pasadena, Altadena and San Marino Rotary Clubs. All were there with one common purpose - to help assemble 200 shiny, brand new bicycles so that they can be given away to children on Christmas.  We started bright and early on Saturday morning. Altadena Rotary Club provided a pancake breakfast, hot fresh coffee and juice. We brought the appetite.