Environmental Factor, May 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIEHS Gains Senior Medical Advisor
By Eddy Ball
NIEHS expanded its Bethesda presence in April with the appointment of Aubrey Miller, M.D., M.P.H., as senior medical advisor and liaison to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Miller will also supervise staff at the NIEHS office in Bethesda.
A medical epidemiologist and captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, Miller previously served as the Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats. Prior to joining FDA, he worked as a senior medical officer and regional toxicologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and for the HHS Office of the Secretary in Denver, coordinating multi-agency emergency responses, such as the Libby, Mont., asbestos situation (see related story(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2010/february/spotlight-miller.cfm)). He also worked for a number of years as a medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Miller received his M.D. from Rush Medical College in Chicago and his M.P.H. in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from the University of Illinois, School of Public Health. He is board certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Miller's appointment was an important step for NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., as she puts in place an expanded institutional presence in Bethesda to raise the visibility of the Institute on the NIH Campus and on Capitol Hill. Birnbaum has said she also wants to hire a liaison to the toxicological community.
Miller's experience at several other agencies within HHS will also help NIEHS maintain federal partnerships and establish stronger ties with other government groups with interests in public health and environmental science.