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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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