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The Aliso Canyon Gas Leak: Public Health Roles and Responses

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This webinar was originally presented on March 23, 2016. The speaker will begin by presenting clinical cases/case presentations. 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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

Presented By:

Cyrus 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.

Approximate Completion Time

60 minutes

Continuing Education Information

This course qualifies as continuing education for physicians, nurses, certified health education specialists and other professionals provided by the Centers for Disease Control and its partners. 

Origination Date – 04/26/2016
Expiration Date – 04/26/2018

CE Available

1.0 CME (for physicians)

1.0 CME (attendance for non-physicians)

1.0 CNE (for nurses)

.10 CEU (for other professionals)

1.0 CHES (for certified health education specialists)

Accreditation Statements

This material was supported by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000238 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-75-92301301. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.


Training Material

  • Presentation
  • Post-Test
  • Presentation PDF
  • How To Obtain Continuing Education Credit