Grand Rounds : Archive, 2003-2013

Dr. Steven Miles

Steven Miles, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Bioethics; Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. He is an Affiliate Faculty for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and for the Law School’s Concentration in Health Law and Bioethics. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and teaches and practices internal medicine at the University of Minnesota.
He has served as President of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and received its Distinguished Service Award. Among his other awards is the National Council of Teachers of English’ George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language.
Dr. Miles has published four books and more than twenty chapters and more than 200 medical articles on medical ethics, human rights, tropical medicine, end of life care and geriatric health care. The Hippocratic Oath and the Ethics of Medicine, Oxford University Press, reviewed the meaning of the Hippocratic Oath as illuminated by the medical texts of its time. His latest book, Oath Betrayed: America’s Torture Doctors, (University of California Press, 2009) examines military medicine in the war on terror prisons. He maintains an archive of 60,000 pages of government documents describing this medical system in war on terror prisons.
He served as medical director for the American Refugee Committee for twenty-five years which has included service as chief medical officer for 45,000 refugees on the Thai Cambodian border and projects in Sudan, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzogovina, Indonesia, and the Thai-Burmese border. He is on the Board of the Center for Victims of Torture.
His work has changed health care insurance, end of life care, the use of restraints in nursing homes, refugee camp medicine, and prison medical ethics.