May 9, 2011

Edward D. Miller, dean of School of Medicine and head of Johns Hopkins Medicine, to retire

Edward D. Miller, the Frances Watt Baker and Lenox D. Baker Jr. Dean of the School of Medicine and the first chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has informed President Ronald J. Daniels that he intends to retire, effective June 30, 2012.

“We are about to witness the end of an era,” said Daniels in a broadcast email announcing Miller’s decision to the Johns Hopkins community. Dean Miller’s tenure, he said, “has been nothing short of extraordinary.”

Miller was appointed dean, CEO and university vice president in 1997 after serving for a year on an interim basis and, in the years since, he has shepherded a wide array of projects that range from a new curriculum for the School of Medicine to the two hospital towers now under construction on the East Baltimore campus.

Under his leadership, four new hospitals have become part of the Johns Hopkins family, and partnerships have been forged with medical entities throughout the world.

In addition, “Ed has represented Johns Hopkins and academic medicine brilliantly in the national debate over the future of health care,” Daniels said. “He has been a forthright and ardent advocate for a system that makes sense for patients, [and] he has expanded our engagement with the Baltimore community.”

Daniels has asked Francis B. Burch Jr., incoming chair of the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Lloyd B. Minor, university provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, to co-chair a search for “a leader who will be every bit as forward-thinking and effective as Ed has been.”

The members of the search committee will be announced soon.