The original drummer of The Offspring became a gynecologist, and during the initial stages of a malpractice trial, he performed CPR and used a defibrillator to save the life of a potential juror. The judge had to declare a mistrial because the rest of the jury would likely be biased in his favor

This Story About an Offspring Drummer Turned Ob-gyn Has Everything

Brace yourself: We have a doozy of a story for you that truly has everything, including a former drummer of punk group the Offspring (yes, the “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” band), a medical-malpractice suit, California, jurors, life-saving CPR, and a mistrial.

James Lilja, a founding member of the Offspring who left the band 30 years ago, is an obstetrician-gynecologist residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He apparently had been “dying” to get into medical school when he was in the band (back in the ’80s), and walked away from his music career as soon as he got accepted. SF Gate reports that he now runs a private practice specializing treating in cancerous and precancerous female-reproductive issues. (And just for reference, Lilja’s… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

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  1. moondancer224

    “Your honor, i find the defendent cool as hell, cause he literally saved Bob’s life in front of us.”

    Most valid mistrial I’ve ever heard of.

  2. octropos

    Uhhh, is that the end of the story? Was he retried or was the case thrown out?

  3. Gemmabeta

    In case anyone wants to know what happened, the case eventually went to private arbitration and was dismissed.

  4. squeevey

    And another band member, Dexter Holland, was focused on Molecular Biology (got his masters) before the band took off. And finally in 2017 got his PhD in Molecular Biology.

  5. Bobcatluv

    You gotta keep ‘em respirated

  6. enor_musprick

    And then the new drummer, as the band rose to stardom, became an amateur gynecologist. Small world.

  7. w0mba7

    The pregnant woman wanted to give birth in the waiting room and he thought “I should say no, but it’s kind of hard when she’s ready to go.”.

  8. twowheeltherapy

    You can’t have a jury made up of all Offspring fans – you gotta keep ‘em separated!

  9. wallacebotanist420

    Nobody cares what the mistrial was about?

  10. Perditius

    Pretty much unrelated, but does anyone know how a doctor chooses their field? I’m just curious what kind of person is in med school and is just like “eh, sure. Vaginas. Let’s go with that,” and dedicates the rest of their career to it lol. What makes them pick any one particular body region / field over another??

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