John I. Miller, MD, FACS

john-miller-md-portraitDr. Miller is the widely-published Chief and Director of Neurosurgical Specialty Care Center at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and Chief of Neurosurgery at NYU Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. In these roles, he leads a multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons and related specialists, and helps to advance clinical and business integration initiatives across the related services of rehabilitation, neurobehavioral health, neurology-stroke, neuroimaging, pain management and spine. He specializes in the triage and management of trauma affecting the brain and spine, and has had additional specialty training in pediatric neurosurgery. He is a Visiting Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at SUNY Downstate.

Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Miller is the proud son of a highly decorated Army Air Force combatant during WW II. Dr. Miller completed his undergraduate education at The American University in Washington, DC (BS, Chemistry, 1974). He was a chemist for the Food & Drug Administration and subsequently completed his medical school education at Georgetown University School of Medicine (MD, 1979). From there it was to the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Billings Hospital and Wyler Children’s Hospital for both a surgical internship and an initial interest in orthopedic surgery (1980-81). The next stop was back to Washington, DC, at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center where he trained in a new evolving subspecialty of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Concurrently, he engaged in neuroscience research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Cancer Institute (NCI). This pivotal experience with a pediatric emphasis in neurosurgery and the importance of laboratory neuroscience inspired the completion of a neurosurgical residency at both SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital, in Brooklyn (1987).

Asked to stay on as faculty at SUNY Downstate as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. Miller initiated a Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at both SUNY Downstate and Kings County Hospital Medical Center (1989). He helped to administer the only fully accredited neurosurgical residency training program in Brooklyn at SUNY Downstate. He served as an accessible and warm mentor to a succession of trainees and medical students in Brooklyn, a number of who advanced to careers as neurosurgeons throughout the US and the New York metropolitan area.

During Dr. Miller’s tenure at SUNY Downstate and in concert with a team of dynamic neurosurgical researchers in the early 90’s, a new approach to an incurable malignant brain tumor – “malignant gliomas” – was investigated using a vaccine adjuvant technique to stimulate a patient’s immune system to fight the tumor as if it was an infection. Today, immunotherapy is a mainstream tool of clinical investigation and treatment for primary malignant brain tumors. In addition, Dr. Miller, in conjunction with other researchers, patented the use of laser Doppler flowmetry at the bedside for the real time and continuous monitoring of local cerebral blood flow in neurocritical care.

Previously, Dr Miller was the Chairman of Neurosurgery at Long lsland College Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of both the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), among many other professional national and local associations. He is on staff at a host of prestigious New York City area wide medical institutions to both facilitate and network the best neurosurgical surgical teams for patients.

Dr. Miller is about community neurosurgery in Brooklyn. Having spent both his training and professional career as a neurosurgeon in Brooklyn for over 30 years, Dr. Miller has a long education as to what matters most to patients in Brooklyn. His practice is based on team building and networking so that patients have access to all the necessary technology and professional assistance to optimize their recovery as close to home, family and primary care physicians as possible.