Morgue's new arrivals: Dr. G fans

There are 20 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Feb 15, 2007, titled Morgue's new arrivals: Dr. G fans. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

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Orlando Homegrown

Orlando, FL

#1 Feb 15, 2007
Hey the way things are going around here Dr. Dobner might get more than she bargined for. With the violent crime surge continuing to spiral higher and higher, she or one of her family may find themselves as a "guest" in the cold storage suite!
Orlando cop

AOL

#2 Feb 15, 2007
I work In Law Enforcement, and my duties take me to the M.E. office regularly. Filming of this show at this facility is disruptive to the daily operations here, and disrespectful to the dead.
In order to keep an audience and try to attract or keep viewers, Dr. G. says and does things merely for shock value.
This program should be filmed in a studio someplace, not in the public facility.
Additionally the expense it takes to accomodate the taping of this show are paid for by the taxpayers of Orange County. Dr. G is paid a considerable sum of $ to tape this show, at a government facility, at the same time she is being paid her salary (double dipping)
Tommy

Orlando, FL

#3 Feb 15, 2007
While some may disagree, I believe that the show does Central Florida a service, not a disservice. I suspect the TV production company and the network pay for whatever interruptions they cause. Television has a lot of money.

I work in LE as well, and I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar taught by Dr. G in 2004 as part of grad school. I found her capable, knowledgable, and a credit to her profession. Some of her work in Texas regarding guns and suicide was very innovative stuff.

Finally, we in the business should all remember her hapless predecessor before criticizing Dr. G. You know, they guy that was pretty much run off for incompetence. I'll take a Tv camera in the morgue over that guy any day.
MaxKlinger

Winter Haven, FL

#4 Feb 15, 2007
I wonder if there is a standard of Ethics in her profession.
Meg

Washington, DC

#5 Feb 15, 2007
If you haven't seen this show, you should, it's really good. Real, down to earth, and shows a caring side to those who take care of those who have passed often tragically!
Meg

Washington, DC

#6 Feb 15, 2007
Orlando cop wrote:
I work In Law Enforcement, and my duties take me to the M.E. office regularly. Filming of this show at this facility is disruptive to the daily operations here, and disrespectful to the dead.
In order to keep an audience and try to attract or keep viewers, Dr. G. says and does things merely for shock value.
This program should be filmed in a studio someplace, not in the public facility.
Additionally the expense it takes to accomodate the taping of this show are paid for by the taxpayers of Orange County. Dr. G is paid a considerable sum of $ to tape this show, at a government facility, at the same time she is being paid her salary (double dipping)
Given the problems Orlando has seen in the last 2 years with regards to crime and payola starting at City Hall, I'd say whatever cost this show is to the community is a drop in the bucket compared to what we all read about everyday. Also, I feel the show reflects caring for the dead, and is not disrespectful in any way. Dr. G and her staff show caring and concern for those who end up on their tables.

I'd say it gives a positive image of Orlando, versus that's been written about our fair city as of late.
margaritanlime

Denver, CO

#7 Feb 15, 2007
Orlando cop wrote:
I work In Law Enforcement, and my duties take me to the M.E. office regularly. Filming of this show at this facility is disruptive to the daily operations here, and disrespectful to the dead.
In order to keep an audience and try to attract or keep viewers, Dr. G. says and does things merely for shock value.
This program should be filmed in a studio someplace, not in the public facility.
Additionally the expense it takes to accomodate the taping of this show are paid for by the taxpayers of Orange County. Dr. G is paid a considerable sum of $ to tape this show, at a government facility, at the same time she is being paid her salary (double dipping)
Would you turn down Cops-Orlando? That would be disruptive as well. Just who is in a hurry in the morgue? I imagine that there is some compensation from Discovery Channel. I find the show informative.
Steve

Orlando, FL

#8 Feb 15, 2007
Orlando cop wrote:
I work In Law Enforcement, and my duties take me to the M.E. office regularly. Filming of this show at this facility is disruptive to the daily operations here, and disrespectful to the dead. In order to keep an audience and try to attract or keep viewers, Dr. G. says and does things merely for shock value. This program should be filmed in a studio someplace, not in the public facility. Additionally the expense it takes to accomodate the taping of this show are paid for by the taxpayers of Orange County. Dr. G is paid a considerable sum of $ to tape this show, at a government facility, at the same time she is being paid her salary (double dipping)
The relationship between Dr. G, Discovery Health, and Orange County was negotiated before Dr. G took the job here. The County gets $500 per episode. In addition Discovery Health contributes $1,000 per episode to the Great Oaks Village home for abused and neglected children. Any additional compensation for Dr. G from Discovery Health is for her work on the program on her own time. I doubt this poster has ever seen the program which is handled with professionalism and compassion.
Mike

Orlando, FL

#9 Feb 15, 2007
Like Orlando cop, I have occasional dealings with the morgue and its staff. Contrary to his report, I have always found Dr G and her staff to be highly professional, compassionate and respectful.
Taping of the show takes place after hours, and the county receives compensation for the use of its facility. This show is a benefit to our communty, not a detriment.
margaritanlime

Denver, CO

#10 Feb 15, 2007
Steve wrote:
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The relationship between Dr. G, Discovery Health, and Orange County was negotiated before Dr. G took the job here. The County gets $500 per episode. In addition Discovery Health contributes $1,000 per episode to the Great Oaks Village home for abused and neglected children. Any additional compensation for Dr. G from Discovery Health is for her work on the program on her own time. I doubt this poster has ever seen the program which is handled with professionalism and compassion.
Good information, I am now even more impressed with Dr. Garavalgia. She's compassionate and one smart cookie.
Attorney and Doctor G Fan

Deland, FL

#11 Feb 16, 2007
My husband and I are criminal defense attorneys and we recently deposed Dr. G for an ongoing case. Even though she was obviously coming down with a vicious cold, she was not only extremely professional, but was also just as warm and caring as she appears to be the show. She was intelligent, articulate, attentive and helpful from the beginning of the deposition to the end.
Her concern and respect for the deceased man whose case was the subject of our deposition was apparent and her demeanor at all times was extremely professional and respectful. After the deposition concluded, she even took the time answered a few "fan" questions about the show, though she was obviously not feeling well.
I can't see how her show demeans the deceased or the Orlando area in any manner. The families of the deceased who appear on the show all seem to be very grateful for the effort she puts into determine the often cryptic causes of death of their loved ones.
Considering the incompetence, shoddy work and indifference that marked the tenure of her predecessor, Dr. Gore, I believe that Dr. G and her evident competence and professionalism is a godsend for our area.
Judy

AOL

#12 Feb 19, 2007
Thought provoking with wit and insight...that's why we are hooked.
Jenn

AOL

#13 Feb 19, 2007
Orlando cop wrote:
I work In Law Enforcement, and my duties take me to the M.E. office regularly. Filming of this show at this facility is disruptive to the daily operations here, and disrespectful to the dead.
In order to keep an audience and try to attract or keep viewers, Dr. G. says and does things merely for shock value.
This program should be filmed in a studio someplace, not in the public facility.
Additionally the expense it takes to accomodate the taping of this show are paid for by the taxpayers of Orange County. Dr. G is paid a considerable sum of $ to tape this show, at a government facility, at the same time she is being paid her salary (double dipping)
Dr. G does not add shock to her show. A good portion of the viewers of G's show have never seen a dead body in their life and could not handle it. If anything, G tones it down for the public eye. Also, the filming done is very specific and isn't in the room each day she is. She rarely slows down to repeat what she says, and the camera crew keeps up with her. It's actually the crews job to catch it on film as best they can and stay out of the way. Later after hours on her own time, Dr. G speaks with the camera on the case or acts out the parts that can not be shown on television (aka, you cannot show a real corpse on tv legally, so the bodies you see are actors.)

She takes her own time to do the show, and it's not for herself. She has a husband and two wonderful, intelligent boys that she would do anything for. The Orange County District ME office had a bad rep before G got there, and she has worked hard to get it back to par. The show has really brought that morgue back to life and run like any ME office should.

Lastly, all the cases shown on TV have the families permission to show them, and names have been changed. You never see the real body that died, but you hear they're story through actors and glimpses of G writing up the report during that actual autopsy, but nothing more.
margaritanlime

Denver, CO

#14 Feb 20, 2007
Attorney and Doctor G Fan wrote:
My husband and I are criminal defense attorneys and we recently deposed Dr. G for an ongoing case. Even though she was obviously coming down with a vicious cold, she was not only extremely professional, but was also just as warm and caring as she appears to be the show. She was intelligent, articulate, attentive and helpful from the beginning of the deposition to the end.
Her concern and respect for the deceased man whose case was the subject of our deposition was apparent and her demeanor at all times was extremely professional and respectful. After the deposition concluded, she even took the time answered a few "fan" questions about the show, though she was obviously not feeling well.
I can't see how her show demeans the deceased or the Orlando area in any manner. The families of the deceased who appear on the show all seem to be very grateful for the effort she puts into determine the often cryptic causes of death of their loved ones.
Considering the incompetence, shoddy work and indifference that marked the tenure of her predecessor, Dr. Gore, I believe that Dr. G and her evident competence and professionalism is a godsend for our area.
Well said.
JERRY

Walkertown, NC

#15 Mar 16, 2007
DO YOU KNOW ANY DOCTORS WHO EXAMINE PATIENTS AND WOULD BE WILLING TO MAKE A STATEMENT OR COURT APPEARANCE IN BEHALF OF THE PATIENT OR MEDICAL EXPERT WITNESS OR TRAUMA WITNESS?
Attorney and Doctor G Fan

Deland, FL

#16 Mar 16, 2007
No, I exclusively practice criminal defense. The Medical Examiner is the only doctor who regularly testifies in my cases and she is always the State's witness. You would need to contact a Personal Injury and/or Medical Malpractice attorney (depending on your situation) for help in securing an expert witness as they work with them on a regular basis. The Florida Bar may also be able to provide you with a list of expert witnesses. Good luck.
charles

Satellite Provider

#17 May 1, 2007
email adress steveorora@yahoo.com please help am akenyan a Bsc biomedicai sciences and i would like to persue a trainning in morgue operations please if u have an idea help am a kenyan 24 years old ready to take it with great passion thank s
Sara

Broomfield, CO

#18 Jun 4, 2007
I love Dr. G. I watch it when ever it is on. I wish that they could show more of the exam but I know its illegal to do on t.v. That is the only thing the disappoints me. I think she is doing a great job on her show considering all the things she is balancing. Work, the show, her family. I hope that is stays on for the long run.
Attorney an Doctor G Fan

Deland, FL

#19 Jun 4, 2007
Actually, it's not illegal if they have the permission of the next of kin and there have been autopsies shown on TV.

The last time I was at her office, I told her the same thing-- that I wanted to see more of the procedures. She said that the producers have done research and the number of viewers actually drops if they show even a small amount of gore! That makes no sense to me! If you want to watch a show about autopsies, why wouldn't you want to see the procedures? Oh well, I still enjoy the show.
Sara

Denver, CO

#20 Jun 5, 2007
Yes Exactly! I want to see the autopsies! It's a show on a medical examiner I want to see the exam! I really am interested in becoming some sort of doctor. Medical examiner or cardiologist are my major interests so if they showed the exam, people who are in to the med professions would get a whole lot more out of the show.If the liver has Cirrhosis I would like to see it rather then hear her talk about it. I think that I personally would get learn more and get more out of the show. I wish people wouldn't think that it's to gory because it is a job out there. And if they want us to see what Dr. G. does then why can't we really see. I understand if they lose viewers but if people are watching it wouldn't they want to see. I mean why would people watch it unless they were interested in the autopsies. Just like Attorney an Doctor G Fan said,"That makes no sense to me! If you want to watch a show about autopsies, why wouldn't you want to see the procedures? Oh well, I still enjoy the show." I totally get what you're saying. It makes no sense to me either!!

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