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New York Medical College Names Donald Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., Dean of the School of Medicine

Donald Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., has been named dean of the School of Medicine at New York Medical College (NYMC) in Valhalla, NY.

Date: November 18, 2014
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Dr. Miller is an internationally recognized cardiologist, clinician-scientist and leader in academic medicine

Valhalla, NY – November 18, 2014 – Donald Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., has been named dean of the School of Medicine at New York Medical College (NYMC) in Valhalla, NY. Dr. Miller comes to NYMC from the University of Alberta where he served as dean of faculty of medicine and dentistry as well as chair of the Health Sciences Council. An internationally recognized cardiologist and clinician-scientist, Dr. Miller has served as a leader in academic medicine and chief academic/executive officer for more than 25 years. Under Dr. Miller’s leadership, NYMC will continue to provide excellent educational, research, specialty and primary care opportunities in an atmosphere of excellence, scholarship and professionalism. Dr. Miller will also serve as the vice-provost for bio-medical affairs for the Touro College and University System, which includes NYMC. His official start date is December 15, 2014. 

Prior to his current position, Dr. Miller served as dean of the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), where he facilitated an expansion of the medical school from one campus to four. While at MCG, he also developed a new interdisciplinary research structure and a unified model of health care delivery by bringing physicians and hospitals closer together.

In addition to the University of Alberta and MCG, Dr. Miller has held clinical appointments as an internist, cardiologist and medical imager at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio, Saint Louis University and the Veterans Administration. Dr. Miller was the Robert G. Petersdorf Scholar-in-Residence with the Association of American Medical Colleges, where he studied the associations between national economies, health care policies and physician workforce balance.

Dr. Miller’s work has resulted in more than 110 peer-reviewed papers and multiple patents, and he serves on the editorial boards of many renowned influential journals. Dr. Miller’s clinical work is currently based at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute where he practices general cardiology and nuclear cardiology.

"It is with great pride and humility that I assume the deanship in the College's School of Medicine. NYMC and Touro College are national leaders in health sciences education,” said Dr. Miller. “From the outset, our top priority will be to continuously improve the learning environment for our medical students and residents. To achieve this goal, we will attract and develop highly-qualified faculty members and staff who are dedicated to our learners' success."

"We are confident that Dr. Miller, as an outstanding clinician, scholar and academic, will complement our leadership team and broaden our expertise areas, which in turn will lead NYMC to achieve greater accomplishment and success in the coming years,” said Alan Kadish, M.D., president, Touro College and University System and NYMC.

“Following an international search conducted by the faculty search committee and involving extensive faculty and staff input, Dr. Miller emerged as the preferred candidate amongst an extraordinarily strong pool of applicants,” said Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer, NYMC. “We are delighted to welcome Doug and Heather Miller to New York Medical College.”

"Because of our close ties with New York Medical College, we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Miller to the Valhalla campus and the region," said Michael D. Israel, president and CEO of Westchester Medical Center. "This is an exciting time in healthcare and academic medicine, and our success lies in the strength and vision of our leadership. Dr. Miller is an excellent addition to the College and the health care fabric of our region."

“Dr. Miller’s passion for excellence in medical education is the defining feature of his leadership, setting the highest standard for students and faculty alike,” said Indira V. Samarasekera, president of the University of Alberta. “Under his leadership, Dr. Miller led the University of Alberta faculty of medicine and dentistry faculty, staff, and students through a demanding peer review accreditation process that secured the University of Alberta’s reputation for excellence in preparing medical professionals of the future.”

Dr. Miller succeeds Dr. Halperin who has concurrently served as dean of the School of Medicine and chancellor and CEO of the College since 2012. Dr. Halperin will continue to serve as NYMC’s chancellor and CEO.

A native of Brockville, Ontario, Dr. Miller received his undergraduate degree at Concordia University in Montreal, and attended medical school at McGill University where he also completed an internal medicine residency in 1981. He completed a clinical and research cardiology fellowship at l'Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal, a clinical cardiology fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine and a cardiac imaging fellowship at Harvard University. He later went on to receive an executive master of international business administration from Saint Louis University.

Dr. Miller and his wife, Heather, have two children, Caroline and Brendan.

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