Each year since 1957, the Oregon Medical Association has honored an Oregon physician with the Doctor-Citizen of the Year award. Its purpose is to recognize those doctors who generously commit their time and energy to community activities, and who work to further the art and science of medicine.
This award is named after George E. Miller, MD, a pediatrician and dedicated advocate for improving patient safety, who passed away in 2007. Dr. Miller was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to the Oregon Patient Safety Commission upon its formation in 2004, and he served as the Commission’s first board chairman. His 30-year medical career in Oregon also included service as Medical Director at Salem Hospital. Dr. Miller epitomized compassionate care and service to his community. We honor him in the presentation of this award to a physician, non-physician or community member who demonstrates the following qualities:
- Leadership in promoting and implementing safe patient care
- Innovation in patient safety and quality
- Commitment to significant and sustainable improvements in patient care