Joseph ("Jody") Miller, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, holds a B.S. from Samford University and a M.D. from the University Of Alabama Birmingham School Of Medicine. Dr. Miller is currently the Chief Resident in Neurological Surgery at UAB. His varied research interests in both adult and pediatric neurosurgical populations include epilepsy, vascular, oncology, trauma, and spine. Dr. Miller has eighteen publications, four book chapters, and has presented at over seventeen meetings.
His primary research interest is in translational and clinical research for spine and spinal cord injury. He was involved in the creation of the first porcine spinal cord injury research lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Additionally, he was awarded a T32 grant and has multiple publications in porcine stem cell injections for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Dr. Miller is happily married and the proud parent of four children. He and his family enjoy sailing a 1979 Catalina 22' that they rebuilt. He also enjoys rock climbing in the many canyons that stretch through Northeast Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia. His other interests include mountaineering, skiing, mountain biking, salt-water
fly-fishing, hunting, playing golf, and running.
UAB Award for Clinical Excellence, 2009
Galbraith Award for Excellence in Neurosurgery Research, 2012
James "Buddy" Nobles Jr. Resident Education Award, 2012
Griffith Harsh Resident Education Award, 2013
Griffith Harsh Resident Education Award, 2014
Congress of Neurological Surgery Research Award- Boston, MA October 2014- "Preclinical
validation of Multilevel Intraspinal Stem Cell Therapy for Amyotrophic Lateral
1. Miller JH, Chern JJ, Tubbs RS, et al. Massive pediatric neurosurgical injuries and lessons
learned following a tornado disaster in Alabama. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2011;8(6):588-592
2. Loukas M, Shayota BJ, Miller JH, et al. Associated disorders of Chiari Type I malformations:
a review. Neurosurg Focus. 2011;31(3):E3.
3. Chern JJ, Miller JH, Tubbs RS, et al. Clinical evaluation and surveillance imaging in spina
bifida aperta and shunt-treated hydrocephalus. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2012;9(6):621-626
4. Tubbs RS, Chern J, Miller JH, et al. Progressive Symptomatic Increase in Size of Choroidal Fissure
Cysts: Case Series and a Review of the Literature. Report of 4 cases. JNS Peds.: 10(4):306-9 (2012)
5. Federici T, Miller JH, Boulis N, et al. Surgical Technique for Spinal Cord Delivery of Therapies –
Demonstration of Procedure in Gottingen Minipigs. JOVE. (), e4371, DOI:10.3791/4371 (2012)
6. Miller JH, Hadley MN, Pritchard PR. Neurosurgical injuries resulting from the 2011 Tornados:
The UAB Experience. JNS. 2013 Jun;118(6):1356-62
7. Lamanna JJ, Miller JH, Riley JP, Hurtig CV, Boulis NM. Cellular Therapeutics Delivery to the Spinal
Cord: Technical Considerations for Clinical Application. Therapeutic Delivery. 2013;4(11).
8. Leavitt R, Quach D, Lam T, Nguyen I, Lee D, Hefferan MP, Wu M, Hazel TG, Miller JH, Grin N,
Hurtig CV, Federici T, Gutierrez J, Boulis N, Johe K. Safety profile of transplanting human neural
stem cells into the phrenic nucleus of mini pig. Society for Neuroscience Abstract 716.04, 2013.
9. Miller JH, Garber ST, McCormick DE, Eskandari R, Walker ML, Rizk E, Tubbs RS, Wellons JC.
Oberlin transfer and partial radial to axillary nerve neurotization to repair an explosive traumatic
injury to the brachial plexus in a child: case report. Childs Nerv Syst. 2013 Nov;29(11):2105-9
10. Griessenauer CJ, Miller JH, Agee BS, Fisher WS, Cure JK, Chapman PR, Foreman PM, Fisher WAM,
Witcher AC, Walters BC. Observer reliability of arteriovenous malformations grading scales using
current imaging modalities. JNS. 2014 May;120(5):1179-87
11. Roque, B. Miller, J. Bone morphogenetic protein-associated complications in pediatric spinal fusion in
the early postoperative period: an analysis of 4658 patients and review of the literature. Clinical article.
JNS Peds. 2014 Dec;14(6):635-43
12. Greissenauer CJ, Rizk E, Miller JH, Tubbs RS, Chern JJ. Pediatric tectal plate gliomas: clinical and
radiological progression, MR imaging characteristics, and management of hydrocephalus. JNS Peds.