Multidisciplinary Medico-Legal Death Investigation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128138182

Multidisciplinary Medico-Legal Death Investigation

1st Edition

Role of Consultants

Editors: Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran D. Christopher Rogers Christopher B. Rogers
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128138182
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 2018
Page Count: 500
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Multidisciplinary Medico-Legal Death Investigation: Role of Consultants is the only volume in the field that focuses on the role consultants have in a medical examiner/coroner office and how their consultation enhances the quality of the medico-legal death investigation. The goal is to provide the reader with a multidisciplinary view by including specialized fields such as anesthesiology, surgery, radiology including CT scan, pediatrics, cardiology-electrophysiology, cardiac pathology, forensic anthropology and odontology, firearms examination, firearms—special topics, eye pathology and psychiatry/psychology written by expert contributors. Coverage also includes chapters on specialized topics including handling of high profile cases, the media, business continuity planning, envenomations, the importance of quality assurance and peer review, and quality assurance in a medico-legal death investigation office.

Multidisciplinary Medico-Legal Death Investigation: Role of Consultants is a one-of-a-kind resource for those in the medico-legal death investigation field and professionals in the criminal and civil justice system.

Key Features

Organized by specialized fields, with contributions by world-renowned specialists

Each chapter includes case studies and examples of consultation reports


Forensic Pathologists, Coroners, Medical Examiners, Anatomic pathologists, Clinical pathologists, Residents and Fellows in training, Law enforcement, Attorneys and clinical physician’s in practice. Undergraduate and graduate students in Forensic Science programs, Law Enforcement training programs for peace officers

Table of Contents



  1. Role of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Consultant
  2. Noel G. Boyle, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, FRCPI, FRCP

    Christopher Rogers, M.D., M.B.A.

    Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, M.D., FRCP(C), FACP, FCAP

  3. Pediatric Consultation: Value of a Clinical Perspective
  4. Carol Berkowitz, M.D., FAAP

  5. Role of the Consultant in Forensic Radiology
  6. Donald Boger, M.D.

    Odey Ukpo, M.D., M.S.

  7. The Role of Virtual Autopsy and Use of a CT Scanner in Medico-Legal Death Investigations
  8. Odey Ukpo, M.D., M.S.

    Donald Boger, M.D.

  9. Anesthesiology Consults at the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office
  10. Selma Harrison Calmes, M.D.

  11. Coroner’s Surgical Consultation: Q rdr H TO
  12. Denis Astarita, M.D., FACS

  13. Psychological Autopsy: Consultative Tool for Suicide Determination
  14. Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D.

    Timothy Botello, M.D., M.P.H.

    Bruce H. Gross, Ph.D., J.D., M.B.A

  15. Role of the Cardiac Pathologist in Evaluating Sudden Natural Deaths
  16. Michael C. Fishbein, M.D.

    Gregory Fishbein, M.D.

    Julie Huss-Bawab, M.D.

  17. Role of the Forensic Odontologist in a Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office
  18. Karen DePaoli, D.D.S.

    Cathy Law, D.D.S., ABFO

    Stephen M. Lojeski, D.D.S., ABFO

  19. Forensic Anthropology
  20. Elizabeth Miller, Ph.D.

  21. The Value of Eye Pathology Consults in Pediatric Medico-Legal Death Investigation
  22. James Ribe, M.D., J.D.

  23. Firearms—Special Topics
  24. Mark A. Fajardo, M.D.

  25. The Medical Examiner-Coroner and the Firearms Examiner
  26. James Carr


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About the Editor

Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran

Dr. Sathyavagiswaran is a medical graduate from Stanley Medical College, Madras University, India. He is a 30 plus 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 in 2012 and he retired from his position in 2013. 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. Sathyavagiswaran is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pathology at Keck School of Medicine USC and has numerous publications to his credit.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant in Infectious Diseases/Forensic Pathology/Medicine, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Keck School of Medicine USC, Clinical Professor (Volunteer) Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles County Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner/Director (Retired)

D. Christopher Rogers

Dr. D. Christopher Rogers is a research zoologist at the University of Kansas with the Kansas Biological Survey and is affiliated with the Biodiversity Institute. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia. Christopher specializes in freshwater crustaceans (particularly the Branchiopoda and the Decapoda) and the invertebrate fauna of seasonally astatic wetlands on a global scale. He has numerous peer reviewed publications in crustacean taxonomy and invertebrate ecology, as well as published popular and scientific field guides and identification manuals to freshwater invertebrates. Christopher is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Crustacean Biology and a founding member of the Southwest Association of Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists. He has been involved in aquatic invertebrate conservation efforts all over the world.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief of Forensic Medicine, Former Acting Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, Clinical Professor of Pathology, Keck School of Medicine USC

Christopher B. Rogers

Dr. Christopher Rogers received his MD degree from the University of California, San Diego. He did pathology residency at LAC and USC Medical Center, and forensic pathology fellowship at Los Angeles County Coroner. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, and in forensic pathology. He has worked at Los Angeles County Coroner since 1988, and has been the chief of forensic medicine since 1992. He was acting chief medical examiner-coroner to Los Angeles County from January 19, 2017, through July 09, 2017. He also holds an MS degree from California Institute of Technology and an MBA degree from California State University in Los Angeles. He has numerous publications to his credit.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief of Forensic Medicine, Former Acting Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Clinical Professor of Pathology at Keck School of Medicine USC

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