March 18, 1994
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Edward D. Miller Jr., M.D., a nationally recognized authority on anesthesiology and high blood pressure who has published more than 100 book chapters or articles on his research, has been appointed professor and director of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine in The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and as anesthesiologist in chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He will take his new posts full-time in July.

Miller, described by a search committee as one of the nation's premier leaders in anesthesia and critical care medicine as well as an exceptional teacher and administrator, has directed anesthesiology services at Columbia University and Presbyterian Hospital in New York since 1986.

His research work has focused on studies on renin, angiotensin and the cardiovascular effects of anesthetics and other pharmacological agents. "I have known Ed Miller since we were faculty members starting our academic careers at the University of Virginia," said Michael E. Johns, M.D., dean of the Hopkins School of Medicine. "I have worked with him both in the operating room and the classroom and admired his leadership ability. He is the perfect individual to maintain and improve on what is one of the best departments of anesthesia in the world."

Miller was an editor of the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia, for 10 years, and served as president of the Association of University Anesthesiologists from 1990 to 1992 and in a variety of capacities for the specialty societies.

His academic honors include: the Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, 1978 to 1983; fellow on the Council on High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association and an examiner on the American Board of Anesthesiology, since 1982. Recently elected to the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Miller has been chairman of an FDA advisory committee (anesthesia and life-support drugs) for the last five years.

"He is the ideal candidate to lead (the) department and to assume other leadership roles in the institution," wrote Morton F. Goldberg, M.D., director of the Department of Ophthalmology at Hopkins and head of the search committee, which was unanimous in its nomination of Miner. "He will be able to recruit and retain the best faculty..."

Born 51 years ago in Rochester, N.Y., Miller graduated from Ohio Wesleyan, and received his medical degree from the University of Rochester in 1968. He served his residency in anesthesiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston from 1969 to 1971 and undertook fellowship training in the Department of Physiology at the Harvard Medical School from 1971 to 1973.

From 1973 to 1975, Miller served as assistant chief of anesthesia and operative service and director of anesthesia at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. He was on the faculty of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville from 1975 to 1986, rising from assistant professor to professor of anesthesiology and director of the surgical intensive care unit.

Miller and his wife, Lynne, have four children, ranging from 23 to 17 years of age.

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