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PEHSU Case Conference Webinar

This in-depth and interactive series provides a platform for learning and discussion about issues that focus on current and emerging aspects of pediatric and reproductive environmental health.

The Aliso Canyon Gas Leak: Public Health Roles and Responses-March 23,2016 - 1PM EDT  

The speaker will begin by presenting several clinical cases/case presentations. The cases to be presented will be provided in final proposal. This will be followed by a discussion of the outcome of the case with consideration and implications for current and future clinical and public health practice. The presenter will conclude by discussing preventive steps that can be taken to decrease exposure to environmental hazards and improve patient care.

Cases to be discussed:  

  1. Newborn male with no symptoms, feeding and sleeping normally.
  2. 6-year-old female with history of asthma and allergies, hospitalized in the PICU with pneumonia and respiratory failure
  3. 12-year-old male was diagnosed in with anemia and undergoing a workup for possible leukemia

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, attendees should be able to:
  • Describe the health impacts of the Aliso Canyon gas leak on the adjacent communities
  • Understand how local and state agencies interact to evaluate air contaminants and other environmental hazards
  • Describe the role of a local Public Health department in mitigating during and after an environmental threat

Presenter: Cyrus Rangan, MD, FAAP, FACMT

Rangan_Cyrus PhotoCyrus Rangan, MD, FAAP, FACMT
Director, Bureau of Toxicology and Environmental Assessment
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Los Angeles, CA
Cyrus Rangan, MD, FAAP, FACMT, graduated from Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1995 followed by a clinical residency in General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, graduating in 1998. He then completed a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center in 2000. He is board-certified in Pediatrics and Medical Toxicology. Dr. Rangan is Director of the Bureau of Toxicology and Environmental Assessment at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He investigates community reports of environmentally related illnesses or disease clusters and provides expert consultation and education to hospitals and other impacted professionals about medical issues in toxicology, “HazMat”, epidemiology, and environmental health. Dr. Rangan serves as Director of the Los Angeles Area Medical Toxicology Education Program for the California Poison Control System. He provides lectures and media support for hospitals, healthcare groups, health agencies, and schools. Dr. Rangan is also an attending physician and Consulting Toxicologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and an instructor at the USC/Keck School of Medicine.

Webinar Recording and Materials 

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This material was supported by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000238-02 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters with the exception of Charles A. McKay and he wishes to disclose that he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council, Environmental Health Research Foundation (EHRF). EHRF addresses issues related to biomonitoring, a topic that is also relevant to some of the activities in the Grand Round Series that might be discussed in future sessions. EHRF receives funding from sources that includes industry. Dr. McKay has reviewed and written material for EHRF, that could create a perceived conflict of interest regarding environmental chemical exposure assessment/measurement.

Planning committee discussed conflict of interest with Dr. Charles A. McKay to ensure there is no bias. Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use. CDC does not accept commercial support.