It could be said that many of Dr. Miller’s patients would describe that what he has achieved for them is nothing short of “magic.” Could that be because amateur magician is one of his many avocations? His magical skills are appreciated by both patients and staff, as he works with deftness with both surgical instruments as well as a deck of cards!
Born in Miami, FL, Dr. Miller grew up in South Florida and Lynchburg, VA. He and his wife, Dr. Benita Miller, an RVA periodontist, are the proud parents of a high school-aged daughter. An avid tennis player himself, he is understandably proud of Anne who is a top local high school player, having just been honored with the Sue Cain Sportsmanship Award from the Richmond Tennis Association. “It’s an exciting new phase of our lives as she begins to explore her college options,” he adds.
Dr. Miller is honored to serve as President of the Southeastern Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons from May 2014-May 2015. SSOMS is a 650-member organization representing oral surgeons in eleven states, from West Virginia to Florida and west to Louisiana. The society contributes to the public welfare through advancement of the specialty of oral & maxillofacial surgery.
Dr. Michael E. Miller is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, certified since 1990.
Dr. Miller is a 1980 graduate of Old Dominion University where he majored in chemistry, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian of his class. He was awarded his DDS degree from MCV/VCU School of Dentistry in 1984 where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was also class Valedictorian. He received his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery certification from MCV/VCU in 1988 and is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. He has been with COFS since 1992.
Dr. Miller is a member of the American Dental Association, The Virginia Dental Association, The Richmond Dental Society, The American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, The Southeastern Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, and The Virginia Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, for many of which he has held offices. Through his work in organized dentistry he has been awarded membership in The American College of Dentists as well as the International College of Dentists and is a fellow of the Virginia Dental Association.
Dr. Miller is Private Practice Sector Coordinator for the VCU/MCV Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program and is Chief of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Surgery, at St. Mary’s Hospital where he serves as a member of their Cleft and Craniofacial Team. He annually participates in the Mission of Mercy (MOM) project, bringing oral surgery care to the underserved in Wise County, VA and has donated his services to the Virginia Dental Association’s Donated Dental Services as well as the Crossover Clinic. He is a long-time member of St. Stephen’s Church and the Innsbrook Rotary.
Dr. Miller has been honored with a fellowship from the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international dentistry society that recognizes members’ accomplishments in the field of dentistry as well as service to the community. He was also recently cited by Our Health Magazine in their listing of “Bedside Manner Awards” and has been perennially recognized with a Top Dentist Award from both Richmond Magazine and Virginia Living Magazine.
Favorite app: FYB (Fuzzy Yellow Balls), one of my many tennis instructional apps. “I’m addicted to tennis and always want to improve. Now if I could only keep the body from breaking down!” he says with a smile.
If he weren’t an oral surgeon: He would choose to be a musician. He grew up playing music and jokes about living vicariously through his brother, who has been a professional keyboard player and singer. “I never get tired of playing an instrument (guitar, keyboard or drums), learning a new song, or practicing to develop ‘muscle memory’ so that it just comes naturally. But at this stage in life, it’s all about finding the time to get to play,” he explains, alluding to his busy professional schedule.
Favorite pastimes: Time with family, tennis, golf, music, magic, scuba diving, travel
Favorite food: Sushi…and fresh fish, especially while vacationing in the Caribbean!
Favorite book: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Apple or PC: I use both
His staff describes him: Energetic, fun, extremely intelligent; he can always make people smile. Always peppy. Holds a profound knowledge and experience with orthognathic surgeries. Efficient. Ability to focus on so many things at once. Great doctor, great guy!