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Monday, November 30, 2009

Oncology surgeon brings expertise to St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers

INDIANAPOLIS – Denise L. Johnson Miller, M.D., has joined St. Francis Medical Group and appointed director of the St. Francis Breast Surgery Program effective Dec.1.

Johnson Miller comes to her new position from the Stanford University Medical Center, Calif., where she was director of cancer outreach and the melanoma surgery programs as well as practicing at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

She also was Associate Professor of Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine and has held other academic and administrative positions with the university. Additionally, she has served as General Surgery Section Chief at Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Johnson Miller, who specializes in breast cancer and melanoma surgery, has served as principal investigator of numerous trials, notably in the study of immunosuppression mechanisms in patients with cancer.

Board-certified in general surgery, she has amassed numerous honors and awards throughout her career. She has been listed among “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer” (Castle Connelly), was the inaugural National Medical Leadership In Education Award winner, is recognized in Women of Color in Education, Health and Technology; is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences; and received the Minority Medical Faculty Recognition Award, Stanford University.

Johnson Miller earned her medical degree at Washington University, interned in general surgery at Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, and completed her surgical residency at the University of Illinois Affiliated Hospitals (Chicago). She was a research fellow in immunology at the University of Dallas and a fellow in surgical oncology at the City of Hope National Medical Center.

Widely published in medical journals, Johnson Miller holds several memberships in professional organizations, including Association of American Women Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, American College of Surgeons, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, American Association of Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology and is an associate of the National Cancer Institute.

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