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Government Agencies
Crime and Law
Medicine
Religion
Psychology
Miscellaneous

Government Agencies

Agency/Department Contact
Air Force (310) 235-7511
Board of Education (562) 922-6111
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Meredith Davis
(818) 265-2500
www.atf.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hollywood, Health & Society at the
USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center
(800) 283-0676
www.usc.edu/hhs
Coast Guard (310) 235-7817
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Alonzo Hill
Office of Public Affairs (L.A. Field Office)
(310) 477-6565

Betsy Glick
Office of Public Affairs (DC Headquarters)
(202) 324-2326
public.affairs@ic.fbi.gov
Federal Emergency Mgmt. Agency (202) 646-2996
Joshua Bossman 
Fire Department (323) 881-2411
www.lacofd.org
ICE/Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
Dept. of Homeland Security
(202) 732-4222
www.ice.gov
brandon.alvarez-montgomery@dhs.gov
Law Enforcement Online (LEO) James Sheehan
(FBI executive, retired)
Jsheeha3@leo.gov
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Kil-Jae Hong
Consumer Information
(202) 493-0524
kil-jae.hong@dot.gov
Navy (310) 235-7481
directorbob1@gmail.com
Veterans Admin. Media Office (310) 268-3340 (Beverly)
fax: (310) 268-4264

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Crime and Law

Expertise Contact
Criminal Defense James Blatt
(310) 385-8066
j.blatt@jamesblatt.com
www.jamesblatt.com
Criminal Investigations (Federal & State) Leandro Carballo
(480) 201-7284
lcarballo25@yahoo.com
DUI Daniel R. Perlman
(213) 514-8324
Daniel@danielperlmanlaw.com
www.danielperlmanlaw.com
Law Enforcement
(Fraud Schemes, Undercover Investigations, etc.)
John Auvinen
(707) 453-0178
johnauvinen@comcast.net
Private Investigation (213) 804-8484

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Medicine

Expertise Contact
Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer's Association
(312) 335-4078
media@alz.org
Amer. Med. Assoc. (AMA) (312) 464-5000
Anesthesiology (800) 562-8666
Alcohol/Drug Use (800) 488-DRUG (3784)
Brain Research, Brain Imaging (MRI and other techniques), Human Learning and Memory, Reading and Dyslexia Russell A. Poldrack, Ph.D.
poldrack@ucla.edu
Cancer Institute (301) 496-6641
Cosmetic Surgery Dr. Andrew Berman
(310) 278-3223
drandrewberman@beverlyhills-surgery.com
CPR (310) 281-2753
Deafness Maria Monte de Rey
California Association of the Deaf (CAD) LA
(818) 356-8215
Cadlaentrep@yahoo.com
bluebeach3@gmail.com  
Dentistry (General & Cosmetic) Nidhi Pai
(650) 323-4222
Diabetes (Type 2) and
Juvenile Diabetes (Type I)
Elizabeth Flynn
Toll Free: (888) 533-9255 or (310) 203-9486
flynnadv@att.net
DNA and Genetics Debra Robertson, Ph.D.
(858) 792-8019
drobertson@forensicstudygroup.com 
www.forensicstudygroup.com
Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics Michelle Shuffett, MD
(310) 995-6075
mshuffett@me.com
Epilepsy and/or Seizures Epilepsy Foundation
Alisa Dung
(301) 918-3747
Gay and Lesbian Med. Assn. (415) 255-4547
fax: (415) 255-4784
GLMAMedia@aol.com
Health Care Research (301) 656-3100
www.equals3.com
Immunology (414) 272-6071
info@aaaa1.org
Infertility (818) 781-6800
(818) 776-8700
Last Acts (Care & Caring at the End of Life) www.lastacts.org
Lymphoma (310) 204-7040
lrf@lymphoma.org
Medical Info (MPTF) (818) 346-6591
Medical Experts, Malpractice, Criminal and Civil Cases Jane R. Leavy
(954) 876-1888
mymedexpert@aol.com
www.medexpertwitness.com
Medical Storyline Development (718) 389-9800
cinemaworldstudios@earthlink.net
Medical Technical Advising
& Family Relationships
Michelle Shuffett, MD
(310) 312-6075
mshuffett@yahoo.com
Nursing Lucy A. Doty
langsame@aol.com
Oral Surgery (818) 995-8601
Organ Tissue Donation and Transplantation Elizabeth Flynn
(310) 203-9486
flynnadv@att.net
Pancreatic Cancer Elizabeth Flynn
Toll free: (877) 272-6226
flynnadv@att.net
Pediatrics American Academy of Pediatrics (800) 433-9016 ext. 7873
fax: (847) 228-5097
mrt@aap.orgwww.aap.org/mrt
Pediatrics, Primary Care and Minority Populations Health April Khadijah Inniss, MD, MSc
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
(617) 501-5920
innissa@med.umich.edu
www.kidsmediadoc.com
Public Health Topics Hollywood, Health & Society at the
USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center
(323) 782-3311
www.usc.edu/hhs
Public Health Topics UCLA Global Media Center for Social Impact in the Fielding School of Public Health
(301) 794-4616
gmi@ph.ucla.edu
www.gmimpact.org
Surgery & Medicine Rob Shapiro, MD, FACS
(818) 642-0114
robshapiro1@gmail.com

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Psychology

Expertise Contact
Addiction and Recovery SMART Recovery
www.smartrecovery.org
Tom Horvath, Ph.D.
(858) 546-1100 x222
tom.horvath@practicalrecovery.com
Alcohol, Drug Prevention (323) 463-6852
gmarcellell@health.org
Bipolar Disorder (415) 281-3100
www.healthline.com
Parents, Families and Friends
of Lesbians and Gays
(202) 467-8180
fax: (202) 467-8194
info@pflag.org
Psychiatry/Forensic (415) 453-8920
Social Issues (N.C.N.) (310) 456-1082
Social Workers (310) 456-1082
Southern Cal. Coalition on Battered Women (323) 935-8666
www.nami.org
Suicide, Suicide Prevention, Mental Health,
Public Policy and Survivors
(202) 449-3600
www.spanusa.org

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Religion

Expertise Contact
Baha'is of L.A. (323) 933-8291
Biblical & Theological Studies Rev. Brian D. Brown
b.brown2@binternet.com
Catholicism (818) 846-8141
Mormonism Public Affairs
(310) 475-7018
(800) 533-2444
publicaffairsla@aol.com
Muslims and Islam Imran Anwar
imran@imran.com
Theological Accuracy Paul Viggiano
pastorpaul@integrity.com

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Psychology

Expertise Contact
Addiction and Recovery SMART Recovery
www.smartrecovery.org
Tom Horvath, Ph.D.
(858) 546-1100 x222
tom.horvath@practicalrecovery.com
Alcohol, Drug Prevention (323) 463-6852
gmarcellell@health.org
Bipolar Disorder (415) 281-3100
www.healthline.com
Parents, Families and Friends
of Lesbians and Gays
(202) 467-8180
fax: (202) 467-8194
info@pflag.org
Psychiatry/Forensic (415) 453-8920
Social Issues (N.C.N.) (310) 456-1082
Social Workers (310) 456-1082
Southern Cal. Coalition on Battered Women (323) 935-8666
www.nami.org
Suicide, Suicide Prevention, Mental Health,
Public Policy and Survivors
(202) 449-3600
www.spanusa.org

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Miscellaneous

Expertise Contact
Aerospace & Engineering (714) 962-2587
Amer. Humane Assoc. Film & TV Unit
“No Animals Were Harmed”
(818) 501-0123
info@americanhumane.org
www.americanhumane.org
Archaeology (310) 206-8934
Children's Action Network Jennifer Perry
(310) 470-9599
fax: (310) 474-9665
Chinese Culture Samuel Chong
(626) 487-8909
chineselanguagetutor@yahoo.com
Computers (505) 992-8462
ssalemi@earthlink.net
Croquet (503) 838-5697
eliassen@open.org
Dinosaurs (818) 848-2646
Disabilities & Wheelchairs John Carpenter
jcarpenter@earthlink.net
Disabilities (Writers With Disabilities) Allen Rucker
Chair, WGAW Writers With Disabilities Committee
ARCA9@aol.com  
Environment (Environmental Media Association) (323) 556-2790
ema-online.org
Environment & Endangered Species (World Wildlife Fund) Entertainment Relations
entrel@wwfus.org
(202) 495-4728
www.wwfus.org
Firearms (703) 267-1300
www.nra.org
GLAAD/LA (323) 933-2240
glaad@glaad.org
Insurance (818) 763-8501
Life Insurance Tony Steuer
tony@tonysteuer.com
Literacy (916) 324-7358
Near Eastern Languages & Culture Sara Brumfield
(424) 603-7036
sarabrumfield@gmail.com
Science (818) 707-2270
ab141@lasn.org
Search & Rescue Alice Stanley
(540) 582-5708
storyspinr@aol.com
Social Impact Topics
(immigration, racial justice, prison reform, LGBT/gender equality, disability, climate change, social and health policy)
UCLA Global Media Center for Social Impact in the Fielding School of Public Health
(301) 794-4616
gmi@ph.ucla.edu
www.gmimpact.org
Sugar Assoc. (202) 785-1122
sugar@sugar.org
USO World Headquarters Terri Kaufman, Public Relations
(703) 836-9222, x 3035
tkaufman@wwafsp.com
Wilderness Tracking and Survival (858) 752-8606
marplewe@gmail.com
www.trackersfi.org 

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