JFK Physician Spotlight: Gary Miller, M.D.

Physician Spotlight

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Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor at JFK Neuroscience Institute.  He specializes in Neurology, Headache Medicine and Neuromuscular Medicine. He is board certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Headache Medicine and Sleep Medicine.

Office Location: JFK Neuroscience Institute, 65 James Street, Edison, NJ

Q. Who or what inspired you to become a physician and, in particular, a neurologist?

A. What led me to medicine and specifically neurology was a combination of personal history and intellectual curiosity which led to an intense interest in the mechanisms of neurological disease and therapy.

Both of my parents faced significant neurological disease and its impact. My father had polio at the age of four, and my mother had epilepsy and severe migraines. My personal history of living with the effects of neurological disease helped shape my interest in neurological disease and gave me a personal perspective that translated to understanding what my patients and their families were facing.

Neurology is also an area of medicine that involves detective work. We use a patient’s history and details in exam findings as clues in solving the mystery of their disease and final diagnosis. The intellectual pursuit of the diagnosis is both fascinating and personally rewarding.

Q. What do you find most gratifying about being a physician in your field?

A. There are multiple levels of gratification in my field. There is the desire to help people who are faced with a life-changing neurological illness. Having been through this with my parents, I can relate and understand what they are going through. There is also the intellectual pursuit of getting to an answer from what might appear to be minor details in the patient’s history and exam.

Perhaps of most importance is the opportunity to help my patients face life changing neurological disease with both understanding and compassion.

It is both an honor and a humbling experience to work with my patients-- and to witness the heights of human dignity and courage when they are faced with a life changing neurological disease.

My role is to help them understand what we know about the mechanism and characteristics of their disease, but they teach me far more about the human spirit.

Q. Share a fact about neurology that few people know.

A.  Many sinus headaches are likely migraines. If the sinus headache begins with a headache that leads to congestion, it is highly likely the patient is suffering from migraine rather than a sinus headache.

Q. What are your areas of interest in the practice of Neurology? 

A. Headache Medicine and Neuromuscular Medicine. Headache Medicine gives me  the opportunity to provide effective treatment to help patients manage their migraines and other headache disorders. Neuromuscular medicine is intellectually stimulating in that it involves the investigation of a potential neuromuscular disorder by sifting through clues provided by the history, examination and other studies to arrive at a long sought after diagnosis. With the diagnosis comes understanding for me and my patient and, if not a resolution of disease, a therapeutic plan that can lead to a greater quality of life for the patients and their families.

Dr. Miller works closely with his patients through a great deal of communication to determine the best treatment approach for migraines. “Practicing a combination of neuromuscular medicine and headache medicine is very rewarding because I can help patients combat this debilitating condition,” explains Dr. Miller. “To diagnose and treat headaches takes communication, through a careful evaluation of their medical history and understanding of my patient. Paramount to treatment is the development of trust between me and my patient.   This, together with the ability to recognize the clues that can lead to a diagnosis, allows for optimal patient care that will have significant impact on their quality of life.”

The JFK Neuroscience Institute offers diagnosis, management and treatment options for headache, and migraine headache sufferers, by using a "Whole Person" approach. It is also a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of brain and spine disorders. The Institute offers extensive clinical care programs, research, and education in neurology and neurosurgery. Our highly-trained specialists provide consultation and evaluation services with recommended courses of treatment.