A MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
Group Editorial Director
If you’ve picked up an issue or two of Psychiatric Times lately, you’ve probably seen the work of Dr. Brian Miller. The supplement to this issue on tardive dyskinesia is his brainchild. A long-time contributor to this publication, he now joins the distinguished group of psychiatrists who grace our editorial board.
Dr. Miller started his medical career at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he earned a combined MD/MPH degree. He also holds a PhD in psychiatric epidemiology, earned at University of Oulu in Finland. He completed his residency and a fellowship in psychotic disorders at Augusta University, where he now serves as Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. His research on inflammation and immune dysfunction in schizophrenia is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Stanley Medical Research Foundation, and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
Dr. Miller is the recipient of several young investigator awards, the 2010 Laughlin Fellowship from the American College of Psychiatrists, and a 2011 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Late last year, we invited Dr. Miller to write a brief sketch about his extracurricular interests. We published that profile alongside one of his regular columns on schizophrenia. Here’s what he wrote:
“I am an only child. My father recently retired after teaching high school chemistry for over 40 years. His philosophy, that he should be the “guide on the side, not the sage on the stage,” is something that I’ve adopted in my work with medical students and residents. Although I long aspired to a career in medicine, I majored in math and minored in music/piano in college. These were subjects I enjoyed immensely, but I knew I would not have the opportunity to formally study again.
My interest in immunological contributions to illness began at age 12 when my mother was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease of unclear etiology. She died from complications of this illness during my second year of medical school. My father and I grieved by taking a month-long, coast-to-coast road trip—about 20 states and 8000 miles—visiting many national parks and historic sites in this great nation. My mother’s death has had a lasting influence on my practice of medicine; personal experience on the patient/family side of chronic illness fuels my empathy for those whom I serve. Equally influential to my career has been my Catholic faith; I view being a physician as my vocation.
My amazing wife and I have been married for 14 years. We have 4 wonderful children, ages 12, 9, and 7 years and 2. They are truly life’s greatest blessings, and our lives right now are joyful chaos. When I’m not at work, life centers on “carefree timelessness” with my family. Running is my hobby and outlet. I’ve finished a handful of half-marathons and one full- marathon.”
On behalf of the editorial staff and editorial board, it’s a pleasure to welcome you, Dr. Miller.