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1943 - 2016

Sidney F. Miller, MD was born on January 28, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He grew up a proud Hoosier and all of his education was in the state of Indiana. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1965 from Indiana University and his medical degree in 1968 from the Indiana University School of Medicine. His internship was completed at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis before completing his surgery residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. At the conclusion of his residency, he was active duty in the Air Force for two years, the last of which was spent as Chief of Surgical Services at the USAF Hospital at Mather Air Force Base in California.

After his stint in the Air Force, Dr. Miller returned to Dayton and joined Dr. Robert Finley in practice at Miami Valley Hospital and was a faculty member at Wright State University. He rapidly advanced in rank and became a full professor in 1991. Drs. Finley and Miller founded the burn program at Miami Valley Hospital. Dr. Miller served first as the associate director of the burn program and, in 1991, served as the director of the Miami Valley Hospital Regional Adult Burn Center. He occupied that position until 2006, at which time he was recruited to Ohio State University Medical Center with the primary charge of reinvigorating the burn program at that institution. He served at the medical director of the burn program at Ohio State from 2006-2014. In 2012, he was named the first American Electric Power Foundation Chair in Burn Care at Ohio State University. He was very successful in achieving his goal of building a first class burn program and instilled great enthusiasm and esprit de corps in all of the staff and physicians who participated in caring for burn patients.

Academically, Dr. Miller was highly productive. He had over 100 peer-reviewed publications, 55 non-referred publications, and 250 presentations. He was active in many organizations at the local, regional, and national level. He was most proud of his role in the American Burn Association and, in particular, being able to serve as that organization's president in 2010-2011. He assisted in creating a burn surge program for the State of Ohio. He was also active in the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and was president 1990-1991. He was a member of the State of Ohio Trauma Committee, state and national Committee on Trauma, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, International Society for Burn Injuries, and the American Surgical Association.

Dr. Miller was also active in the community. He served on the board of both the Jewish Community Center of Columbus and Jewish Community Center Association of North America. He traveled extensively internationally teaching other hospitals and communities how to set up burn programs and burn prevention strategies.

He is survived by his wife, Babs Miller, daughters Amy (Frank) Fiorella and Debbie (Jim) Gaetano, and grandchildren Brooke, Andrew, Jayson and Matthew.