The Society of Thoracic Surgeons presented the Earl Bakken Scientific Achievement Award to D. Craig Miller, MD on Tuesday morning during the General Session at the STS 49th Annual Meeting.
Dr. Miller is the Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Cardiovascular Surgical Physiology Research Laboratories at Stanford University.
"I would like this to serve as a testimonial for the young people in the audience that perseverance will pay off," Dr. Miller said as he accepted the award. "I have a stack 4 feet high of grant applications that never got funded. Don't give up. … Always keep that quest to satisfy your intellectual curiosity at the top of your priority list. That's how progress will be made and we'll move forward."
Board-certified in surgery and thoracic surgery, with special qualifications in general vascular surgery, Dr. Miller specializes in valve repair and replacement, thoracic aortic surgery, mitral valve repair, and valve-sparing aortic root replacement. The recipient of numerous awards, including Distinguished Scientist and Distinguished Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association, Dr. Miller has authored or co-authored more than 500 scientific articles in peer-reviewed publications and more than 200 refereed abstracts, proceedings, and films. He has also lectured extensively in the United States and abroad and is involved with nearly three dozen local, national, and international professional associations.
Dr. Miller earned his medical degree at Stanford, where he also completed his general surgery residency and cardiovascular surgery residency.