Robert F. Miller, M.D.

Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair in Medicine, School of Medicine

Professor of Clinical Medicine


General Internal Medicine and Public Health


M.D. - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dr. Miller received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his M.D from Vanderbilt University. He is board certified in Pulmonary Disease, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. After fellowship, he spent 11 years in a Vanderbilt affilitated hospital and returned as full time faculty in 2001. Dr. Miller has an interest in general pulmonary and critical care medicine. He has identified a group of Ft. Campbell soldiers who developed small airways disease after serving in Iraq.

Dr. Miller serves as the Medical Director for the Shade Tree Clinic, a free clinic run by Vanderbilt medical students in an underserved area of Nashville. This clinic has generated a lot of interest and participation from both the medical center and the undergraduate campus.

Robert F. Miller, M.D.

Research Focus:

Research Description 

Small airways disease in patients serving in the military.


Small airways disease, general pulmonary medicine and lung cancer


Lentz RJ, Fessel JP, Johnson JE, Maldonado F, Miller RF, Rickman OB. Transbronchial Cryobiopsy Can Diagnose Constrictive Bronchiolitis in Veterans of Recent Conflicts in the Middle East [letter]. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2016 Apr 4/1/2016; 193(7): 806-8. PMID: 27035783, PMCID: PMC4824934, DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201509-1724LE, ISSN: 1535-4970. Available from:, 2016.

Gorrindo P, Peltz A, Ladner TR, Reddy I, Miller BM, Miller RF, Fowler MJ. Medical students as health educators at a student-run free clinic: improving the clinical outcomes of diabetic patients. Acad Med. 2014 Apr; 89(4): 625-31. PMID: 24556762, DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000164, ISSN: 1938-808X. Available from:, 2014.

Rose C, Abraham J, Harkins D, Miller R, Morris M, Zacher L, Meehan R, Szema A, Tolle J, King M, Jackson D, Lewis J, Stahl A, Lyles MB, Hodgson M, Teichman R, Salihi W, Matwiyoff G, Meeker G, Mormon S, Bird K, Baird C.. Overview and recommendations for medical screening and diagnostic evaluation for postdeployment lung disease in returning US warfighters. 2012; Available from:, 2012.

King MS, Newman, JH, Miller,. Response to letters to the Editor. 2011; Available from:, 2011.

King MS, Eisenberg R, Newman JH, Tolle JJ, Harrell FE, Nian H, Ninan M, Lambright ES, Sheller JR, Johnson JE, Miller RF. Constrictive bronchiolitis in soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. N. Engl. J. Med. 2011 Jul 7/21/2011; 365(3): 222-30. PMID: 21774710, PMCID: PMC3296566, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1101388, ISSN: 1533-4406. Available from:, 2011.

Rosenbaum BP, Patel SG, Guyer DL, Dunn SR, Herceg ME, Knox CK, Miller RF. The pharmaceutical management system at Shade Tree Family Clinic: a medical student-run free clinic's experience. Inform Health Soc Care. 2008 Sep; 33(3): 151-7. PMID: 18850398, PII: 903428707, DOI: 10.1080/17538150802184828, ISSN: 1753-8157. Available from:, 2008.

Hajizadeh R, Sato H, Carlisle J, Nadaf MT, Evans W, Shepherd BE, Miller RF, Kalams SA, Drake WP. Mycobacterium tuberculosis Antigen 85A induces Th-1 immune responses in systemic sarcoidosis. J. Clin. Immunol [print-electronic]. 2007 Jul; 27(4): 445-54. PMID: 17357846, PMCID: PMC3962023, DOI: 10.1007/s10875-007-9080-4, ISSN: 0271-9142. Available from:, 2007.

Wardwell NR Jr, Miller R, Ware LB.. Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis associated with a disease-modifying antirheumatoid arthritis drug. 2006; Available from:, 2006.

Rahman SM, Shyr Y, Yildiz PB, Gonzalez AL, Li H, Zhang X, Chaurand P, Yanagisawa K, Slovis BS, Miller RF, Ninan M, Miller YE, Franklin WA, Caprioli RM, Carbone DP, Massion PP. Proteomic patterns of preinvasive bronchial lesions. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med [print-electronic]. 2005 Dec 12/15/2005; 172(12): 1556-62. PMID: 16179643, PMCID: PMC2718455, PII: 200502-274OC, DOI: 10.1164/rccm.200502-274OC, ISSN: 1073-449X. Available from:, 2005.

Zeldin DC, Plitman JD, Kobayashi J, Miller RF, Snapper JR, Falck JR, Szarek JL, Philpot RM, Capdevila JH. The rabbit pulmonary cytochrome P450 arachidonic acid metabolic pathway: characterization and significance. J. Clin. Invest. 1995 May; 95(5): 2150-60. PMID: 7738183, PMCID: PMC295817, DOI: 10.1172/JCI117904, ISSN: 0021-9738. Available from:, 1995.

Miller RF, Lefferts PL, Snapper JR. Effect of sulfidopeptide leukotriene receptor antagonists on endotoxin-induced pulmonary dysfunction in awake sheep. Am. Rev. Respir. Dis. 1992 Oct; 146(4): 997-1002. PMID: 1416431, DOI: 10.1164/ajrccm/146.4.997, ISSN: 0003-0805. Available from:, 1992.

Greer JP, Cousar JB, Miller RF, Vogler LB, Goodin JC, Graber SE, Collins RD. T4+ (helper phenotype) chronic lymphocytic leukemia: case report with liver failure and literature review. Med. Pediatr. Oncol. 1988; 16(5): 356-62. PMID: 2972899, ISSN: 0098-1532. Available from:, 1988.

Miller RF, Purvis AW, Lefferts PL, Snapper JR. Meclofenamate blocks the pulmonary arterial vasopressor effects of leukotriene B4 in awake sheep. Prostaglandins. 1988 Nov; 36(5): 601-6. PMID: 2853421, ISSN: 0090-6980. Available from:, 1988.