WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday in Davis Chapel at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for Emery C. Miller, M.D., who died on Dec. 7.
Miller, who was 79, was a retired endocrinologist and associate dean of continuing education from 1974 to 89 at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Miller also was the founding director of the Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC), serving from 1974 to79. The AHEC is an educational and training program designed to enhance the health of the public in its 17-county region by helping to keep doctors, nurses and other health care personnel up to date on the latest medical developments. It is part of a statewide network.
Since 1989, the annual continuing education workshop for physicians at Myrtle Beach has been named the Emery C. Miller Beach Meeting.
He founded the section on endocrinology and metabolism at Wake Forest (then Bowman Gray School of Medicine).
Miller grew up in Hickory and attended Lenoir-Rhyne College before graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1944 under the Navy’s V-12 program. He then served as a naval officer for the remainder of World War II. He got his M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and then took a residency in internal medicine at North Carolina Baptist Hospital.
He completed a fellowship in endocrinology and diabetes at the Joslyn Clinic in Boston, but before he could return to Winston-Salem to start his practice, he served as a medical officer in the Army during the Korean War, where he earned two bronze stars for gallantry in action.
The Northwest AHEC and the Section on Endocrinology will host a reception in the lobby of Babcock Auditorium immediately following the service. Memorials may be made to the Emery C. Miller M.D. Fund through the Office of Development, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
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About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,298 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.