By John Carruthers, staff writer, February 01, 2011
Fred Miller, MD, is a physician who has long demonstrated selfless compassion and a spirit of volunteerism. Whether it’s providing specialty care to the uninsured at a Volunteers in Medicine clinic or sitting on the board of community organizations, Dr. Miller’s caring and compassion has caused his colleagues to stand up and take notice. He sits on the board of five community organizations in Pennsylvania — with causes ranging from elder care to early childhood education. Dr. Miller is currently chair of the Danville Area Community Foundation, a 10-year-old, $3.5 million organization which contributes grants to causes in the community.
“Our dreams and hopes are for a multimillion dollar foundation that will generate sufficient interest to help meet the needs and emergencies within a growing community.”
- In 2000, after hearing about an 11-year-old Jamaican child dying from a chronic blistering disease, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, Dr. Miller personally arranged, with Geisinger approval, for her to come to the U.S. for a “consult.” After chemotherapy and procedures, 11 years later, although blind with a tracheostomy, she has graduated from high school and college and is currently in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, where she will obtain an MSW and then pursue a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. “I don’t know what the future holds for her but I know she will continue to make our world a better place,” Dr. Miller said.
- Dr. Miller and his wife Joan were honored by the Red Cross in 2009 for their longtime community service with the Robert N. Pursel Distinguished Service Award.
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