Steven Miles, January 2003

Steven Miles, MD
School Of Medicine Keynote Speaker – January 15, 2003

Steven Miles, MD is Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, where he is a faculty member in the Center for Bioethics, the Graduate School, and the University Council on Aging.

Dr. Miles’ international career spanning twenty years has included serving as chief medical officer for a Cambodian refugee camp, medical school curriculum development in Cuba, current work on AIDS prevention in Sudan, and service as chair of the research committee of the Center for Victims of Torture.

He has served as President of the American Association of Bioethics, and on the Board of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.

Dr. Miles has been active in state and national healthcare reform, including service with President Clinton’s Bioethics Working Group on Healthcare Reform. In addition, he has won major career grants from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Robert Woods Johnsons Foundation, The Pew Foundation and the Soros Project on Death in America.

He introduced the DNR order, published the first description of successful tuberculosis treatment in refugee camps, played a key role in securing passage of MinnesotaCare (a health insurance alternative) and has been influential in reducing deadly accidents from restraints and bed rails.

Dr. Miles has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and three books on topics including bioethics, healthcare reform, geriatrics, medical care in developing nations and general medicine.