San Antonio (March 30, 2004) – Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.S., associate professor of family and community medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Celebration and Hall of Fame March 24. Dr. Miller was selected for her outstanding contributions in the category of health professions.
The San Antonio Women’s Celebration and Hall of Fame was established in 1984 to recognize and honor outstanding women who have helped shape San Antonio by contributing their talents and skills to our city’s growth and development.
Dr. Miller has made significant contributions to the field of environmental health, a growing medical specialty. She is particularly concerned with the health effects of low-level environmental exposures, such as wartime exposures and exposures to pesticides, solvents and even implants.
Dr. Miller’s current research interests include the use of special hospital-based facilities called environmental medical units (EMUs). “Just as the microscope was an important tool for understanding infectious diseases, the EMU is needed for understanding the role of environmental exposures in illness,” Dr. Miller said. “The United States needs one of these facilities.”
Dr. Miller is also the creator of the award-winning South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) Center, the only border and environmental health course of its kind in our nation.
“It’s wonderful to be recognized by the community that you’re serving,” Dr. Miller said. “This recognition revitalizes my enthusiasm to continue to work toward solving the problems faced by South Texans.”