May 2007

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Fletcher A. Miller, Jr., M.D., BS'71

Fletcher A. Miller, Jr., M.D., BS'71Fletcher A. Miller, Jr., M.D., BS'71

May 12, 2007 

For alumnus Dr. Fletcher A. Miller, Jr., home and heart have meaning on multiple levels.  Dr. Miller is an internationally-known cardiologist, practicing and teaching at the Mayo Clinic. But today his home and heart are at Creighton and Omaha. Fletcher, popularly known as "Buzz," spent his formative years in Omaha, graduating from Benson High School.  At the time, his father was Creighton's Chair of the Department of Surgery.

Fletcher graduated from Creighton in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics.  He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1975 and took up residency, literally, at Mayo where he has been for more than 30 years. 

His current positions include professor of medicine and director of the echocardiography laboratory where he manages more than 150 physicians and 300 staff. Dr. Miller holds fellowships in the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians and American Society of Echocardiography. Renowned for his cardiac skills and educational abilities, he has taught world-wide and published hundreds of articles and papers, sharing his insights with the global health care community.  Dr. Miller also was the lead cardiologist caring for former President Gerald Ford before his passing earlier this year. Dr. Miller is married to the former Deborah Benz, a 1971 graduate of Creighton's School of Nursing. 

The Millers are generous Creighton supporters and have hosted several alumni events in the Rochester area.  They have four adopted children and are ardent advocates for adoptive parents' rights.  Today they celebrate their son David's graduation from Creighton's College of Business. For major contributions to his profession and community and for embodying Jesuit, Catholic values in all aspects of his life, Creighton University is proud to confer upon Dr. Fletcher A. Miller, Jr., the Alumni Achievement Citation, this twelfth day of May, two-thousand and seven.