Pringl Miller MD FACS became devoted to medicine and subsequently surgery because of a calling to help people with their healthcare. Dr. Miller’s philosophy of care is to partner with her patients to improve their quality of life and to choose the treatment options that best align with their goals and preferences. Dr. Miller was interested in medicine as a child, her interest has continued to grow with experience and cultivated expertise in general surgery, hospice and palliative medicine and clinical medical ethics. After earning a Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993, she attended the University of Chicago – Pritzker School of Medicine and received an MD in 1997. Between 1997-2002, she completed her internship and residency in general surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. After practicing general surgery for more than a decade with an evolved focus on emergency general surgery, Dr. Miller decided to complete a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at University of Chicago Medicine (2016-2017). Followed by a fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics (2017-2018). Since 2018, Dr. Miller has been a senior clinical medical ethics fellow at the MacLean Center.

Since 2017, Dr. Miller has leveraged her skills and expertise as one of the clinical pioneers integrating Palliative Medicine into the care of seriously ill surgical patients. She enjoys teaching medical students, residents, and fellows, and has been involved with many scholarly projects focused on surgical palliative care including editing the third palliative edition of Surgical Clinics of North America – Practicing Primary Palliative Care. Her work can also be found in the books Surgical Palliative Care, Palliative Care for Frontline Physicians, Patient Centered Medicine, and journals such as: the American College of Surgeons Bulletin, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the Journal of Palliative Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics. Additionally, Dr. Miller is an advocate for gender equity in medicine and surgery and was the editor of the Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics #MeToo in Surgery Narratives by Women Surgeons symposium published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Other literary gender equity contributions can be found in the book Gender Equity in the Medical Profession, Medical Women’s International Association Congress Poster Book, and International Journal of Academic Medicine. Her gender equity efforts include being a founding member of Time’s Up Healthcare and the founder of #WoSurgMeToo, a group of women surgeons who collaborate on projects to shed light and solutions on mitigating gender inequity in the US surgical workforce.

Dr. Miller is a Co-PI for the Coleman Grant Funded project Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Surgery (EPEC-Surgery) four educational modules aimed at improving communication and trust between surgeons and their patients. Dr. Miller is also the Co-Creator of the curriculum Inside the Patient’s Studio designed for clinicians to gain a better understanding of the patient experience to foster greater empathy and compassion within the doctor-patient relationship.  

Dr. Miller volunteers for Operation Giving Back with the American College of Surgeons and was recently working in Puerto Rico (2019) as part of the H-Maria team. She has previously volunteered for the World Surgical Foundation and Operation Access in Northern California a charitable program that provides operative intervention to non-insured patients.

Due to the nature of her integrated practice and attention to extraordinary patient-centered care, Dr. Miller has been the recipient of: the AAHPM Hearst Leadership Scholarship (2019), inducted into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators as an Associate Member (2019), the Best Surgical Consultant by Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (2009), the Golden Scalpel Award from Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (2009), the Teaching Excellence Award from Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (2008), the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement Award (2002), and the British Journal of Surgery Merit Award (2001).

Dr. Miller practices acute care surgery through traveling assignments and as a volunteer surgeon nationally and internationally. Dr. Miller attributes her success to her parental influences and other mentors and sponsors over the years. Her work is inspired by the Maya Angelou quote, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Honors and Awards

American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators Associate Member (2019)

Women in Medicine #ISTANDWITHHER Award Nominee (2019)

AAHPM Hearst Leadership Scholarship (2019)

Best Surgical Consultant, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (2009)

Golden Scalpel Award, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (2009)

Teaching Excellence Award, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (2008)

Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement Award (2002)

British Journal of Surgery Merit Award (2001)

Offices, Professional, and Board Memberships

Women’s Leadership Council, Rush University Medical Center (2019)

Steering Committee, Women in Medicine Summit (2019)

Awards Committee, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2019)

Acting Chair, Surgical and Perioperative Committee, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2019-2020)

Communities Committee, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2017-2018)

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine – Member (2016-Present)

Graduate Medical Education Committee, Palliative Care and Anesthesia Committee, University of Chicago (2016-2017)

Board of Trustees, Pierce County Medical Society, Tacoma, WA (2016)

Medical Executive Committee, CHI Franciscan Health, Tacoma, WA (2014-2016)

American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (2011-2012)

Surgeon Liaison, Resident Leadership Group, Chair of Bioethics Committee, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (2010-2012)

Tumor Board, Cancer Committee, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (2007-2012)

Board of Directors, Marin Medical Society (2004-2006)

GI & Breasts Tumor Board, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, CA (2002-2006)

Medical Executive Committee, Bioethics Committee, Critical Care Committee, Surgical and Tissue Committee, Tumor Board, Novato Community Hospital, Novato, CA (2002-2006)

American College of Surgeons – Fellow (1997-Present)

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