Bonnie Miller, MD, is Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education and the Executive Vice President of Educational Affairs for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has served in multiple leadership positions at Vanderbilt, including Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education (2005-2008) and Associate Dean for Medical Students (1999-2004). She is a founding member of the Academy for Excellence in Education at the School of Medicine and is a recipient of both the Shovel Award for Excellence in Teaching and the John S. Johnson Award, both honors that are bestowed by students.
With academic interests in the moral development of physicians and personalized learning in medicine, Dr. Miller is recognized as a senior leader in medical education, serving on numerous national organizations and consulting nationally and internationally on medical education matters. At Vanderbilt, she has guided the School of Medicine through several cycles of curriculum innovation, most recently spearheading the curriculum revision known as Curriculum 2.0.
Dr. Miller is the Primary Investigator of the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Grant, awarded to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in June 2013. Vanderbilt is one of only 11 medical schools in the country to receive this honor. Despite her administrative responsibilities, Dr. Miller remains engaged in the daily lives of medical students and residents. She is Course Director for the Foundations of the Profession Course, the first course taken by medical students upon their arrival at the School.
After attending Colorado College for her undergraduate education, she received her MD degree at the University of Oklahoma. She spent six years in Nashville for post-graduate training in general surgery at Vanderbilt University Affiliated Hospitals. During this time, she spent 18 months doing basic research in surgical nutrition and the metabolic response to injury. After completing her residency, Dr. Miller traveled to Seattle for one year to undertake a fellowship in hepato-biliary disease at the Virginia Mason Clinic. Dr. Miller then focused her clinical interests on patients with breast cancer. A board-certified surgeon, she has practiced at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the TVHS-Veteran’s Administration Hospital, as well as other hospitals in Nashville since arriving in 1987. She is married to Robert Miller, a pulmonologist who serves as medical director of Vanderbilt's student-run free clinic. They have three children.