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Distinguished Educator Award to be Presented Reunion Weekend

Story posted March 15, 1999

March 11, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Dr. Lee Todd Miller, who teaches at the UCLA School of Medicine, has been named the 1999 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award presented by the Bowdoin College Alumni Council.

The award is presented annually to a Bowdoin graduate to recognize outstanding achievement in education. It will be presented June 5 during Reunion Weekend at the College.

Dr. Miller is a professor of pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and Director of the Pediatric Residence Training Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was nominated for the award by Dr. David L. Rimoin, Steven Spielberg Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of the Ahmanson Pediatric Center of Cedars-Sinai Health System, who called Dr. Miller "an extraordinary teacher, academician and individual."

Dr. Miller has a reputation as an outstanding teacher who is able to communicate clinical information to his students in a "stimulating and non-threatening manner," Rimoin said.

That he is beloved by his students is evidenced by the fact that he is the nine-time recipient of the American Medical Student Associate Teacher of the Year Award and the Lucien B. Guze Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching. The awards are bestowed on one teacher each year and voted on by the graduating senior class. A new Platinum Apple Award now has been created to honor Dr. Miller and allow other teachers to receive the Golden Apple Award.

Many students have called Dr. Miller the best teacher they have ever had.

Dr. Miller also has affected the lives of students as the author of "Medical Students Guide to Successful Residency Matching," which is distributed annually to the 16,000 graduating medical students in the United States.

Dr. Miller is also concerned with the international issue of public health. He has been active in efforts to control and prevent diarrheal diseases and has coordinated teaching and training activities for the Red Cross in Goma, Zaire, in 1994 at the height of the Rwandan refugee cholera-dysentery crisis.

Dr. Miller graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia.

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