UCLA pediatrician inspires humanism in young doctors

Dr. Lee Miller ’s journey began, as many do, with a train ride. Thirty years ago, he was a UCLA assistant professor traveling from Philadelphia to New York. After threading his way through the crowded aisles of every car, he eyed the last three vacant seats in the caboose.“I chose a fortuitous seat next to an elderly gentleman from Shanghai,” Miller recalled recently in a special address to UCLA medical students. “He was a pediatrician teaching students, just like me.”The ride passed quickly as the older physician recounted stories about his work in global health. When the two exchanged business cards at the end of the ride, Miller was astonished to learn that he ’d been chatting for two hours with Dr. Hu Ching-Li, assistant director general of the World Health Organization.That chance encounter with Hu led Miller to take a sabbatical from UCLA four years later to join the WHO, where he worked on a medical education project at the agency ’s headquarters in Switzerland. Traveling frequently from Geneva to lead medical school workshops in countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Zambia, this work provided the foundation for Miller’s later career consulting in Afghanistan, Ecuador, Mozambique, Peru and South Africa.In his 32-year distinguished career as a pediatrician and global health advocate, Miller has quietly made it his mission to address health care disparities in developing  countries while inspiring the next genera...
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