Ron Lopez, RN, CPI
Ron Lopez, RN, CPI

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RLA Investigations
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Ron Lopez, RN, CPI
Private Investigator, Registered Nurse
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PO Box 557
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B.A., Stanford, Human Biology
R.N., Evergreen Valley College
Research Associate, Chemical Physics - Caltech
Former San Francisco Public Health Dept. program Director
Former Solano County EMS Coordinator
Pharmaceutical research nurse
Extensive background in medical forensics.
Qualified superior court expert witness
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Education: Bachelors Degree, Federal Government, On the Job Experience, Security, Sheriff, State or Local Government
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Ron brings his expertise as a medical forensics investigator and CA Superior Court-qualified expert witness. As both a registered nurse and certified private investigator, he is in the unique position to bring sophisticated medical analysis to any investigation where it is needed.

His career in the medical world began when in 1981, when he took an emergency medical technician course at community college night school while attending Stanford full time during the day. His one claim to undergraduate fame was being on the field as a band member during the 1982 football game between Cal and Stanford that ended with the now infamous game play involving 15-laterals and a Stanford Band collision called “The Play.” While finishing @Stanford, Ron worked part time as an ambulance EMT in Oakland, CA. Here, he gained lots of emergency field experience in serious trauma and critical medical cases. After completing a research internship in the Dept. of Chemical Physics at Caltech, then completing his Human Biology degree at Stanford, Ron took his first job as an emergency room & orthopedic technician at San Jose Hospital where he quickly decided not to attend medical school and went on to obtain his nursing degree and begin his work in emergency, intensive care, disaster medicine, and critical care transport nursing.

His career as a nurse has taken him from Butte County where he served as a reserve Sheriff's Deputy and medical officer for the search and rescue team; to the Sacramento Fire Dept. where he was recruited to serve as a medical specialist on one of the first national Urban Search & Rescue or USAR teams back in 1992. His medical response missions have included the Northridge earthquake, Oklahoma City Bombing; Y2K event; the 9/11 attacks; Hurricane Katrina, and more. His work in the public health arena included Solano and San Francisco counties where he created innovative clinical quality assurance and disaster response programs. In 2000, Ron transitioned from the FEMA USAR program to the National Disaster Medical Service, where he continues to serve as a federal disaster response nurse, with his most recent deployment being Hurricane Irma.

Ron's extensive medical background includes work as a pharmaceutical research nurse, a biotechnology applications specialist, a mobile ICU ambulance nurse, trauma case manager, neurosurgical unit manager, and as a public health specialist in EMS and Disaster healthcare. Ron has been engaged as a local, regional, and national guest speaker & instructor at the
• American Association of Critical Care Nurses
• American Medical Response ambulance company
• Bay Area Disaster Medical Assistance Team
• Bay Area Terrorism Working Group
• CA EMS Authority
• CA Seismic Commission
• Emergency Nursing Association
• March Air Reserve base, CA Air National Guard
• National Disaster Medical Service
• National Institute for Healthcare Education
• University of San Francisco

His work as a certified licensed investigator and nationally board certified RN has brought recognition in the CA Superior court as an expert witness in the area of registered nursing, becoming a featured guest presenter for the
• CA Association of Licensed Investigators
• Loyola Law School

He is also a contributing author in the Taylor & Johnson textbook, California Drunk Driving Defense, on the subject of forensic phlebotomy. He currently keeps sharp with work as an expert witness & medical forensics investigator while working as a medication infusion nurse. Ron is a licensed ham radio operator and enjoys community volunteering and spending time with his wife of 27 years and their two adult sons, one daughter-in-law, a granddaughter, two dogs, and four cats. Ron has time-management issues so emails are usually better than phone calls.
Updated 10/29/2020
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In keeping with the mission statement for his company, RLA investigations, Ron continues to provide direct pro bono victim assistance to crime victims and he is actively involved in his community through volunteering with various schools and community non-profits.
Certified Professional Investigator