Rear Admiral Joseph H. Miller (MC) USNR retired from the Navy Reserve in 1986 after 30 years. Since retirement with annual Permissive Orders he has had consecutive Navy Orders since 1952 or for 59 years. The Permissive Orders included lectures, consultations, and informal visits to Navy hospitals. At retirement RADM Miller had completed three years as the first reservist to serve as a Deputy Surgeon General for Reserve Affairs (OP093R), Pentagon, and concurrently as Commander Naval Reserve Force, Force Medical Officer (006), New Orleans, 1983-1986. On active duty he served as Chief of Neurosurgery, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, and subsequently as Chief of Neurosurgery, US Naval Hospital, Da Nang, Vietnam. As a consultant to the Surgeon General RADM Miller chaired a committee of five prominent civilian leaders of neurosurgery to develop a Navy neurosurgical residency. In the Pentagon with Dr. Barry he wrote and staffed the directive for the establishment of Physician Reservists in Medical Universities and Schools. (PRIMUS). RADM Miller has been to Bethesda over 100 times, Yokosuka, Japan 40 times and every other Navy hospital in the world and several of the large Air Force and Army hospitals. (For 2 months he provided neurosurgery coverage at the Tripler Army Medical Center. He served in the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J4) war planning section as the only Flag officer. Later a Flag officer billet was established in J4. The first assignment was a Navy Reserve Flag Officer.
He had duty with the Commander in Chief Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, December 1982, February 1983, and February 1984.
RADM Miller’s Military decorations include: Legion of Merit, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Navy Unit Commendations, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Navy Pistol Marksmanship, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon, and Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V.
In civilian life RADM Miller practiced Neurosurgery from 1961 through December 2000 and served as Chief of Neurosurgery at Methodist University Hospital, Memphis, and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery University of Tennessee and University of Tennessee Training Director in Neurosurgery at the Methodist University Hospital. (1983-2000)
RADM Miller was Founder and Director of the Memphis Neurosciences Center at Methodist Hospital and the University of Tennessee. He developed an international academic interchange in Neurosurgery with 27 countries. (1985-2000) He is on the Voluntary Faculty of USF Medical School.
He is certified by the American Board of Neurosurgery and his memberships include: The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, The Society of Neurological Surgeons, The American College of Surgeons, The Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces and The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. Civilian activities include: Mission Service Corps, The White House, May 1978. Served on the Boards of Union University, Mars Hill College, Samford University, and Regions Bank. He has researched and lectured on the Philosophy of War more than ninety times.
He has been a Southern Baptist Deacon for 58 years, and taught Sunday School for 59 years. He is currently a member of First Baptist Church, Brandon, Florida. He is a 5,258-hour pilot and recently passed the course to be a Coast Guard Captain. He is married to Cathy Miller and they live in Apollo Beach, Florida.
He developed 24 Clinical Teaching Systems, was an invited medical lecturer 56 times and had numerous Medical Journal publications.
He has published eight books with Authorhouse since retirement:
Mysteries of the Southern Baptist Beliefs Revealed
You live! You Die! Who Decides
Faked Disability: A Shame of America
Explore the Brain for the Soul
Calvin, The Psychopath
The One Love
Eighty Years Behind the Masts