Ohio State’s Department of Neurological Surgery is shaping the field of neurosurgery. No one exhibited
this excellence and innovation more than Carole Ann Miller, MD.
In addition to her extraordinary achievements in the world of neurosurgery, Dr. Miller was among the
most humble, kind, fair, generous and gracious individuals. Her depth of caring for her patients was
remarkable, always putting their welfare first. Dr. Miller was a trailblazer her entire life, being among
only a handful of women out of 180 people in her medical school class. In addition to being the first
female leader of many organizations, Dr. Miller also received the 2005 American Medical Women’s
Association Local Legends Award.
One of her passions was teaching residents and medical students, and she always treated them like
a member of her family, with caring, consideration and respect. She believed that in mentoring students, the educator must be the
“guide on the side” rather than the “sage on the stage”.
Her distinguished career extended more than 40 years. She received an undergraduate degree with honors in History and her
medical degree at The Ohio State University. She then secured an internship at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated
and was named “Best Intern.” She returned to Ohio State to complete her residency in Neurosurgery. Dr. Miller’s illustrious career
continued with an appointment as a Neurophysiology fellow at Yale University, followed by an appointment at the University of
Michigan as Neurosurgery faculty. She returned to Ohio State, where she was for the remainder of her tenure, in multiple capacities,
including as division director of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery program director.
Dr. Miller passed away on October 28, 2015, after a courageous battle with a terminal illness. In September 2015, Ohio State’s
Neurological Institute created the Carole A. Miller MD Lectureship and Resident Day in her honor.
Carole Ann Miller, MD, was the first woman board-certified neurosurgeon in the United States.
She was the first female president of the Ohio State Neurosurgical Society and the first female
chair of the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons’ Spine Section