Remembering Professor Emeritus and Former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Sheldon Miller, MD
Sheldon Miller, MD, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the age of 73. He served as the chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences from 1991 to 2002, and as a full-time professor at Feinberg until 2006. Remembered as a national leader in the subspecialty of addiction psychiatry, Miller was the author of more than 100 publications, including major textbooks on addiction. He was a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions and of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.
Miller graduated from Tufts Medical School in 1964 and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University Hospital of Cleveland in 1968. He was deeply involved in education in psychiatry throughout his career, and from 1996 to 1999, served as chair of the Psychiatry Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education which sets policy and curricula for residency training programs across the United States. Miller was instrumental in the establishment of addiction psychiatry as a subspecialty recognized by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and also served as a director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He was always a strong and committed advocate for the mentally ill, and tirelessly demonstrated his advocacy at the state and national level.
Miller is survived by his wife, Sarah Miller. A memorial service to celebrate Miller’s life will be held on October 23, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Community Church of Wilmette, 1020 Forest Avenue, Wilmette, Ill.