February 12, 1996
Media Contact: Joann Rodgers
Phone: (410) 955-8659
E-mail: jrodgers@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

The Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees today approved Edward D. Miller Jr., M.D., as interim dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medicine, effective March 1. Dr. Miller currently is director of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, a position he has filled since joining the Hopkins faculty in the summer of 1994.

In a letter to the medical faculty, the University's interim president, Daniel Nathans, M.D., emphasized that his goal is to ensure a smooth transition as Dean Michael E. Johns, M.D., prepares to leave for his expanded role at Emory University this spring. "Until that time, Dr. Johns will retain the title of Dean and will transfer decision-making responsibility to Dr. Miller during an orderly transition of authority. Mike and Ed, who first worked together in the operating room and the classroom at the University of Virginia, already have started to work together to transfer the reins of responsibility," Nathans said.

"We used to speak of the ideal Hopkins leader as having triple-threat strengths in research, teaching and patient care," Nathans added. "Ed Miller adds a fourth strength, administration, to which he brings wisdom, decisiveness and generosity of spirit. I am grateful to Ed for accepting this responsibility."

Dean Johns also praised Dr. Miller. "Ed and I are old friends. He is a natural leader and a wonderful choice for interim dean. I look forward to working with him as he assumes the responsibilities of the deanship."

In the short time he has been at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Miller has headed the search committee for a new director of pediatrics and directs all of the Medical Institutions' Clinical Research Centers, in addition to managing his own department and continuing to work in the operating room two days a week.

Before coming to Hopkins, he directed anesthesiology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York for eight years and was vice chairman of the Medical Board. He has served as editor of the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia and as president of the Association of University Anesthesiologists. His research has focused on vascular smooth muscle relaxation and the cardiovascular effects of anesthetics and other pharmacological agents. For four years he was head of the FDA advisory committee for anesthetic drugs and life support.

The search committee that recommended Dr. Miller for the anesthesiology post at Hopkins described him as one of the nation's premier leaders in anesthesia and critical care medicine, as well as an exceptional teacher and administrator. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Rochester School of Medicine, he did his residency in anesthesiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital before serving on the faculty of the University of Virginia.

He and his wife Lynne live in the Ruxton area of Baltimore County. They have four grown children.

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