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Former Rock Star, Now OB/GYN Saves Juror at Malpractice Trial

Ron Del Rosario
March 29, 2018 - 9:42 am

OAKLAND (KCBS Radio) - South Bay obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. James Lilja was at Alameda County Superior Court, attending a malpractice trial when he saved the life of one of the prospective jurors.

According to Law360, the former Offspring drummer turned OB/GYN was being sued for alleged negligent treatment of plaintiff Stephenie Sargiotto. When one of the 35 prospective jurors lost consciousness when he collapsed and hit his head. Dr. Lilja and his assistant jumped into action and administered CPR and applied an external defibrillator. The juror didn’t regain consciousness, but still had a pulse when an ambulance arrived.

Dr. James Lilja
Dr. James Lilja (Photo credit: Bay Area Gynecology Onocology)

After the rest of the jurors witnessed Lilja’s heroics, the plaintiff’s attorney, Robert G. Schock, request Judge Ronni MacLaren to declare a mistrial. Schock argued that the other jurors could be biased after watching what happened. Judge Maclaren agreed and set a new trial date for April 2, despite the disapproval of Lilja's attorney, Barry C. Marsh of Hinshaw Still & Hinshaw LLP.

Dr. Lilja attorneys refused to comment on the active litigation, but Lilja remarked with "No good deed goes unpunished."

From 1984 to 1987, Lilja was a founding member and drummer of the punk band The Offspring. He left the band to pursue his medical career. Lilja attended University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and now practices in the Fremont and San Jose area.

In a 2007 interview, Offspring frontman Dexter Holland recalls Lilja drive to study medicine. "This guy was dying to get into medical school," Holland said. "In fact, he was so intent on getting into medical school that he didn't really even practice with us much."

Describing his former bandmate, Holland adds he’s a “great guy with a pretty warped sense of humor.”