Health System, University Trustees Select Interim Dean for New Post

January 15, 1997
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Edward D. Miller Jr., M.D., has been named to the newly created joint post of Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, effective January 17, 1997.

Interim Dean since March 1996, Miller will serve as Vice President for Medicine of the University, the 13th Dean of the medical school faculty and the first-ever CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM). The history-making appointment carries out a decision by trustees of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and of the University to bring together the Hopkins medical research, clinical, teaching and business enterprises as Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM). Miller's nomination by the Hopkins Medicine board was ratified by the Hopkins Health System board and by the University board's Executive Committee.

In a letter announcing the appointment, George L. Bunting Jr., chairman of the boards of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health System and Hospital, and University President William R. Brody, M.D., Ph.D., said that Miller's "outstanding performance" as acting head of the medical school led the Search Committee chaired by trustee Edward K. Dunn Jr. to conclude that Miller is "particularly well-suited to lead Johns Hopkins Medicine at this critical time. He combines impeccable academic credentials, a fine reputation as a researcher, educator and clinician, and extensive administrative experience in major academic medical centers."

"Our decision to select someone whose career has not focused solely on the business side of medicine reaffirms Hopkins Medicine's historic tripartite mission of research, teaching and patient care," Brody emphasizes. "We need someone with proven administrative skills, but also require someone who understands what has made Johns Hopkins great and can build consensus to bring about the changes necessary to continue Hopkins' leadership role in American medicine."

At Columbia University, Miller chaired the Department of Anesthesiology for eight years, from 1986 to 1994, was Vice President of the Executive Committee of Presbyterian Hospital's Medical Board and an ex officio member of that hospital's Board of Trustees. He also has served as president of the clinical faculty at the University of Virginia (UVA), where he spent eleven years, from 1975 to 1986. Miller came to Johns Hopkins in 1994 as director of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He has continued to direct his department -- and work in the operating room -- while serving as interim dean.

Rather than acting as a caretaker administrator for the last year, however, Miller "has moved forward successfully on some of academic medicine's most pressing problems," Bunting and Brody noted in their letter. They added: "As Hopkins Medicine prepares to meet the challenges facing academic medicine, we need among top leadership an unprecedented level of coordination, cooperation and commitment to change.... We believe Ed Miller has the qualities to lead Johns Hopkins Medicine into the 21st century."

Miller, 53, an authority on anesthetic drugs, currently is an editor of the journal Critical Care Medicine and is secretary-treasurer of the International Anesthesia Research Society. He has served as an editor of the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia and as president of the Association of University Anesthesiologists. A fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, he also has served on the Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and for four years chaired the FDA's Advisory Committee for Anesthesia and Life Support Drugs.

Author or co-author of more than 150 scientific papers, abstracts and textbook chapters, Miller's strong research background has focused on vascular smooth muscle relaxation and the cardiovascular effects of anesthetics and other pharmacologic agents. He has been the recipient of numerous NIH peer-reviewed grants, as well as an NIH Research Career Development Award.

A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, the Rochester, N.Y., native attended medical school at the University of Rochester, took a surgical internship at University Hospital in Boston, then trained in anesthesiology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and in physiology at Harvard, before joining the UVA faculty. With the support of a Fogarty International Fellowship and the French National Center for Scientific Research, he spent a sabbatical year as senior scientist in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at Hopital Necker in Paris.

He and his wife, Lynne, who has been active in various Hopkins-related volunteer activities, have four children and reside in Baltimore County.

The Office of Johns Hopkins Medicine was developed in the summer of 1995 to integrate operations and planning of The Johns Hopkins Health System and Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Boards of JHU and the Health System and Hospital agreed in February 1996 to unify the JHM leadership under a single senior officer -- the new CEO/Dean -- responsible for both the School of Medicine and the Health System, and reporting directly to the President of the University in his role as chairman of the JHM board's Operating Committee.

Reporting to Miller in his new role as CEO for JHM will be the president of The Johns Hopkins Health System and its affiliates, including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the CEO of Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC.

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