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Biographical entry Miller, George Gavin (1893 - 1964)

Hon FRCS 11 March 1954; FRCS(C) foundation 1931; FACS 1945; MD Western Ontario 1922; MSc McGill 1926.

7 December 1893
South Shields
1 December 1964
Montreal, Canada
General surgeon


Born at South Shields on 7 December 1893 son of George Gibb Miller and his wife Alice M Jones, he went to Canada in 1910, but served overseas during 1914-18 as a Captain in the Royal Highlanders. He qualified from the University of Western Ontario in 1922, and worked at the Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit and the Peking Union Medical College. In 1926 he was appointed to the Royal Victoria Hospital at Montreal and as demonstrator of surgery at McGill, eventually becoming surgeon-in-chief to the Hospital and Professor at the University. During 1930-31 he studied in Edinburgh, London and Vienna, and from the latter he introduced the Hofmeister-Finsterer gastrectomy to North America. He established himself as a leader in gastro-intestinal surgery, and pioneered the surgical therapy of ulcerative colitis. With H F Moseley he edited a McGill-Royal Victoria Textbook of Surgery.

He was a charter Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a member of its Council 1949-53; he was a Vice-President of the American College of Surgeons 1950-51. Miller was a good swimmer and water-polo player; he enjoyed both work and play. He married on 28 October 1924 Catherine T Schurman, who survived him with their two sons. He practised at 1390 Sherbrooke Street West and lived at Argyle Avenue, Westmount, Montreal, but retired in 1953 to Clovelly, St Andrews, New Brunswick. He died after a long illness in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal on 1 December 1964 aged 71.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Ann Roy Coll Surg Engl 1965, 36, 121 by Sir Arthur Porritt, Bt with portrait; Canad med Ass J 1965, 92, 247 with portrait and appreciation by J C Luke].

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