Bio

Claudia Miller, M.D., M.S. is a tenured Professor in Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Vice Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).  She is also founder and director of the South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) Program, the only medical school curriculum to offer hands-on, experiential training in environmental health, public health, and international health at the US-Mexico border.  STEER has been the recipient of national and state awards for excellence in environmental and medical training.

Dr. Miller co-authored a landmark report for the state of New Jersey on chemical susceptibility, for which the state received the American Association for World Health’s Macedo Award, and a professionally acclaimed book, Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes (2nd edition, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 1998).  She has authored or co-authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed publications on the health effects of low-level chemical exposures.

Her federal appointments include: the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs Persian Gulf Expert Scientific Committee, and the National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors. She has served as consultant to the chief-of-staff of the Houston VA for its Persian Gulf Regional Referral Center, and as an advisor to the Texas Department of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the Canadian, German, Japanese, and Swedish governments. During her sabbatical year, she served as special consultant to the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS/NIH). She has organized and chaired two NIH meetings on chemical intolerance, one in Tokyo that focused on the need for and use of environmentally controlled hospital units for research, the other on Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance, the disease mechanism she first described in 1996.

Trained in Allergy/Immunology and Internal Medicine, Dr. Miller received her medical degree from UTHSCSA, completed her internship and residency at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas, and her fellowship at UTHSCSA. She received her BA in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and MS in environmental health from the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health.