Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Appoint New Department Chairmen

Christopher N. Miller, MD, MS, has been appointed chairman of the department of emergency medicine and Goutham Rao, MD, CM, has been appointed chairman of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Making the announcements were Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD, dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Daniel I. Simon, MD, president of University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

In a joint statement, Davis and Simon said: “Dr. Miller and Dr. Rao have both demonstrated a wealth of professional qualities that make them ideal for these roles. They are highly respected clinicians, researchers, and educators with the managerial and clinical skills to further advance these departments as leaders in their fields.”

Miller comes to Cleveland from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he served as vice-chairman and associate professor of the department of emergency medicine and medical director of the Center for Emergency Care. He was also founding director of the school’s Simulation Medicine Program.

He earned his MD and a master of science in microbiology and immunology from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed his emergency medicine training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, the country’s first emergency medicine residency program, where he served as chief resident. Before and after residency, Miller also supported direct United States Marine Corps combat operations during two separate deployments to Iraq as a U.S. Navy officer. 

In 2015 he was part of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine Chair Development Program. In addition to earning multiple Golden Apple awards for teaching excellence, he has been recognized as one of the top doctors in Cincinnati and in 2013 was named National Doctors’ Day Collaborator-of-the-Year for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Rao most recently was director of the Ambulatory Primary Care Innovations Group of the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois. Before that he was vice-chair of the department of family medicine and clinical associate professor at the NorthShore/University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

He earned his MD from the McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal; his residency in family medicine was at St. Joseph’s Health Centre at the University of Toronto. He also is a graduate of the Physician Leadership Program at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

He is a nationally recognized expert in identifying obesity and cardiovascular risks in ethnically and racially diverse populations. In 2008 he received the Kenneth E. Schuit Dean’s Master Educator Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

“We are delighted to welcome Drs. Miller and Rao to Cleveland,” said Davis and Simon. “They both have outstanding track records and are highly respected by their peers. We are confident that they will guide their departments to new heights in the years ahead.”

Founded in 1843, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is the largest medical research institution in Ohio and is among the nation's top medical schools for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. The School of Medicine is recognized throughout the international medical community for outstanding achievements in teaching. The School's innovative and pioneering Western Reserve2 curriculum interweaves four themes--research and scholarship, clinical mastery, leadership, and civic professionalism--to prepare students for the practice of evidence-based medicine in the rapidly changing health care environment of the 21st century. Nine Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the School of Medicine.

Annually, the School of Medicine trains more than 800 MD and MD/PhD students and ranks in the top 25 among U.S. research-oriented medical schools as designated by U.S. News & World Report's "Guide to Graduate Education."

The School of Medicine is affiliated with University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic, with which it established the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in 2002.

About University Hospitals


Founded in May 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and primary care physician offices in 15 counties throughout Northeast Ohio. At the core of our $4 billion health system is University Hospitals Case Medical Center, ranked among America’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, UH Case Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopaedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and genetics. Its main campus includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. UH is the second largest employer in Northeast Ohio with 26,000 employees. For more information, go to


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