James Q. Miller Multiple Sclerosis Clinic History
Dr. Miller was educated at Haverford College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His post-graduate training included Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y., the University of Virginia Medical Center and Boston Children’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. His early career was significantly oriented toward the pathological and cytogenetic aspects of congenital disorders of the brain. This included identifying and describing a specific brain malformation, lissencephaly I, which is now termed the Miller-Dieker Syndrome.
Upon joining the UVA faculty in 1962, he established its first cytogenetics laboratory which he managed until its expansion into the genetics program based in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Miller became deeply involved in medical student education, as well as patient care and administration. He was Assistant Dean of the School of Medicine for seven years, chaired the University Senate Committee on Faculty Relations and after a partial retirement became Chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee.
Awards for teaching included the three-time recipient of the Robley Dunglison Award, The A.B. Baker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Neurological Education of the American Academy of Neurology, the Outstanding Teacher Award of the American Neurological Association, the Harrison Distinguished Educator at the Capital School of Medicine and an Outstanding Teacher Award of the Virginia State Council on Higher Education. In April 2005, he received the Raven Society Award, the oldest and most prestigious honorary society at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Miller's special clinical interests were neurological diseases of children, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. He was a life-long supporter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, both nationally and locally, and chaired the Blue Ridge Chapter's Professional Advisory Committee since 1962.
The Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at the University of Virginia was established in 2000. Dr. Miller understood the complex needs of patients with multiple sclerosis and encouraged the establishment of a subspecialty clinic within the Department of Neurology devoted to their care. The Clinic offers comprehensive care for patients with MS and is designated as a National MS Society Affiliated Center for Comprehensive Care. We have a total of three MS specialists, including two fellowship trained MS physicians, Dr. Myla D. Goldman and Dr. David E. Jones as well as a Nurse Practitioner, Denise Bruen. Our team practice model also utilizes the expertise of physical and occupational therapists, social workers, and neuropsychologists who have a special interest in the MS population.