American Association for Clinical Chemistry
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October 2012 Mentor of the Month: James Miller
James Miller, Ph.D.

James Miller, Ph.D. is currently Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Miller is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry and is the Co-director of the clinical chemistry and toxicology training fellowship program at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Miller began his career in laboratory medicine as a laboratory technologist in the U.S. Navy where he received on the job training in laboratory medicine and obtained certification as a medical technologist (American Medical Technologists). Following four years of service in the Navy Dr. Miller returned to university to complete his B.S. in Biochemistry from Purdue University. During this time he also worked part-time as a medical technologist for a small pathologist-owned laboratory. Following the completion of his undergraduate degree Dr. Miller attained Categorical Certification in Chemistry from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and worked for four additional years as a medical technologist, two years of which were at the National Health Laboratory (now LabCorp). It was there at the National Health Laboratory that Dr. Miller interacted with a clinical chemist that suggested clinical chemistry as a career.

Subsequently, Dr. Miller left the clinical laboratory and to take a position as a research technologist in the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at the University of Louisville. It was here that Dr. Miller enrolled in graduate school and completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry while working full time in the same Biological Psychiatry Laboratory. Nearing the end of his Ph.D studies, Dr. Miller attended a seminar given by Dr. Roland Valdes who was to soon join the faculty at the University of Louisville. It was through this interaction that that Dr. Miller became the first fellow in the clinical chemistry training program at the University of Louisville. There at the University of Louisville on the strength of his distinguished publication record, service to the university and strong history of public and private foundation grants Dr. Miller has ascended the career ladder from Assistant Professor to full tenured Professor.

In addition to his strong publication record Dr. Miller is an active member of a number of professional societies including the AACC and NACB. In service to the AACC Dr. Miller has been Chair of the Ohio Valley Section and has served on the editorial review board of AACC’s Lab Tests Online. Dr. Miller’s commitment and service to the field is also demonstrated by his contribution to the development of a number of CLSI documents. Importantly Dr. Miller has contributed greatly to the field of clinical chemistry by guiding the training of an impressive twenty-five past and current post-doctoral clinical chemistry fellows.