Charles “Trey” C. Miller, Ph.D., a health care leader with more than 25 years of experience in clinical epidemiology and clinical research, has been named associate vice president for clinical research and health care quality at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
“Dr. Miller has tremendous experience as a clinical researcher and research administrator,” said Michael Blackburn, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief academic officer at UTHealth. “We are fortunate to have someone with his knowledge and skills to lead focused efforts to enhance clinical research at UTHealth.”
Miller will oversee the university’s policies, procedures and programs around clinical research and health care quality. Additionally, he will be responsible for the implementation and assessment of programs to enhance efficiencies and increase quality in core areas of the university’s mission of education, research and clinical care.
“The UTHealth schools and our hospital partners serve an enormous population in a complex and dynamic practice environment. Opportunities are abundant to build research into the ordinary practice of medicine, and for UTHealth to take a national leadership role in what the Institute of Medicine terms a model learning health care system,” Miller said. “I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve the institution in this capacity.”
In addition to his role as associate vice president, Miller will continue as professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, co-director of the Center for Clinical Research and associate dean for hospital quality initiatives at McGovern Medical School.
Miller earned a bachelor’s in religion studies at Texas Christian University in 1983 and a master’s in philosophy at Rice University in 1986. In 1993, he earned his Ph.D. in epidemiology at UTHealth School of Public Health and began his career in clinical research at Baylor College of Medicine.
In 1999, he joined UTHealth as an associate professor and director of research in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. From September 2005 to January 2009, he served as professor at both McGovern Medical School and UTHealth School of Public Health and vice chair for research in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. He then held numerous leadership positions at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center before returning to UTHealth in 2013.
Miller has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles, 15 chapters and one book on scientific research and statistical analysis in surgery. He teaches more than a dozen courses at UTHealth and lectures internationally on advanced statistical and research methodology.