Miller is appointed Chief of Medical Service at VA North Texas
By Remekca Owens
Dr. Richard Tyler Miller, Professor of Internal Medicine, has been appointed Chief of Medical Service at VA North Texas Health Care System, a health care services provider to veterans that is affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Since fall 2012, Dr. Miller has served as Assistant Chief of Medical Service at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which is part of the broader VA North Texas system that includes several community-based clinics and medical centers serving more than 113,000 patients each year.
Working jointly with the VA and UT Southwestern in the Charles and Jane Pak Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research, Dr. Miller is researching how to improve kidney stone treatment for veterans. As a member of the National Institutes of Health-funded George M. O’Brien Kidney Research Core Center at UT Southwestern, he also is investigating the regulation of epithelial electrolyte transport and the elasticity of normal and diseased renal glomeruli, a mass of capillaries that filters blood within the kidney.
“UT Southwestern has a great partnership with the VA North Texas. We have worked with the VA for many years and place great value on all aspects of the relationship,” said Dr. Greg Fitz, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean of the Medical School. “I have every confidence that Dr. Miller will be a great leader with great values and that he will continue the collaborative academic programs that we have in place to enhance all of our research, medical education, and patient-care efforts.”
In his new role, Dr. Miller will oversee Internal Medicine at all VA North Texas Health Care System campuses, along with the education of medical students, residents, and fellows at the VA Medical Center.
“The VA has an excellent medical record system with a well-organized patient population and longitudinal data, as well as access to basic science that contributes to understanding diseases that affect large numbers of veterans, such as cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders,” Dr. Miller said. “I look forward to leading the VA’s efforts to improve our overall understanding of disease and health care.”
Dr. Fitz holds the Nadine and Tom Craddick Distinguished Chair in Medical Science, and the Atticus James Gill, M.D. Chair in Medical Science.
Dr. Miller holds the John S. Fordtran, M.D. Professorship in Calcium Research.