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DATE: 11/23/2004
Arizona Medical Board Hires New Executive Director

Scottsdale, Ariz. - The Arizona Medical Board announced Timothy C. Miller as its new Executive Director. “Mr. Miller brings to the Board great experience as a prior regulator and administrator with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Arizona Attorney General‘s office,” said the Board‘s Chair Edward J. Schwager, M.D.

Mr. Miller is a nine-year lawyer with extensive experience in health law and agency regulatory law. He holds a BA in philosophy and law degree from the University of Missouri. Mr. Miller has worked to help victims of domestic violence obtain orders of protection and find housing.

As the Chief of Bureau for Consumer Rights within the Division of Behavioral Health Services at the Arizona Department of Health Services, Mr. Miller oversaw the protection of the legal and treatment rights of consumers deemed to have a serious mental illness within the publicly funded behavioral health system. Prior to this, Mr. Miller was an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Arizona. He has also been involved in drafting legislation, rules, and policies affecting health care services.

The Arizona Medical Board is known nation-wide for the tough disciplinary actions it takes against physicians who violate the Medical Practice Act. Public Citizen‘s Health Research Group ranked the Arizona Medical Board fourth for actions taken over the last calendar year. They ranked the Board first in the nation for serious disciplinary actions taken over a three-year average.

Mr. Miller will assume his role of Executive Director on December 13, 2004. His responsibilities also include acting as the Executive Director for the Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants.

The Arizona Medical Board is comprised of 12 members, including four public members and eight physicians. Board members are appointed by the Governor and may serve up to two five-year terms. The Board is responsible for licensing and disciplining over 15,000 medical doctors in Arizona. For more information on the Board or to obtain information on a licensee, see the Board‘s website at http://www.azmdboard.org.