Preston R. Miller, M.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

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Preston R. Miller, M.D.

Professor, General Surgery

Clinical Interests

Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Trauma Resuscitation, Surgical Infections, Emergency General Surgery

Contact Information

New Patient Appointments: 336-716-WAKE
Returning Patient Appointments: 336-716-3813
Department: 336-716-0549


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Education & Training

  • B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1987
  • M.D., WFU School of Medicine, 1993
  • Internship, Surgery, North Carolina Baptist Hospita, 1994
  • Residency, Surgery, Wake Forest University, 1999
  • Fellowship, Trauma/Critical Care, University of Tennessee-Memphi, 2001

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

NPI Number

  • 1306822903
Preston R. Miller, M.D.

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Preston R. Miller, M.D.

Professor, General Surgery

Research Interests

Wounds, Nonpenetrating; Pneumonia, Bacterial; Spleen; Wounds and Injuries; Splenic Artery
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Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-0549 | Department: 336-716-0549


Recent Publications

Do radiographic findings of gangrenous cholecystitis in the preoperative setting influence patient outcome?. Habenicht KI, Wright CJ, Hunter CT, Adraktas DD, Hathuc VM, Kaiser ML, Hildreth AN, Miller PR.. Am Surg. 2016;82(1):28-30.

Damage control operations in non-trauma patients: defining criteria for the staged rapid source control laparotomy in emergency general surgery. Becher RD, Peitzman AB, Sperry JL, Gallaher JR, Neff LP, Sun Y, Miller PR, Chang MC.. World J Emerg Med. 2016;11():10.

Patients with complicated intra-abdominal infection presenting with sepsis do not require longer duration of antimicrobial therapy. Rattan R, Allen CJ, Sawyer RG, Askari R, Banton KL, Claridge JA, Cocanour CS, Coimbra R, Cook CH, Cuschieri J, Dellinger EP, Duane TM, Evans HL, Lipsett PA, Mazuski JE, Miller PR, O'Neill PJ, Rotstein OD, Namias N.. J Am Coll Surg. 2016;222(4):440-446.

The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma grading scale for 16 emergency general surgery conditions: disease-specific criteria characterizing anatomic severity grading. Tominaga GT, Staudenmayer KL, Shafi S, Schuster KM, Savage SA, Ross S, Muskat P, Mowery NT, Miller P, Inaba K, Cohen MJ, Ciesla D, Brown CV, Agarwal S, Aboutanos MB, Utter GH, Crandall M.. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016;81(3):593-602.

Inclusion of vancomycin as part of broad-spectrum coverage does not improve outcomes in patients with intra-abdominal infections: a post hoc analysis. Sanders JM, Tessier JM, Sawyer RG, Lipsett PA, Miller PR, Namias N, O'Neill PJ, Dellinger EP, Coimbra R, Guidry CA, Cuschieri J, Banton KL, Cook CH, Moore BJ, Duane TM.. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2016;():.

The utility of abdominal CT for preoperative planning of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement. Garland M, Miller P, Hildreth A, Hale AL, Kaiser ML.. Am Surg. 2016;82(9):230-232.

Has the incidence of thoracolumbar spine injuries increased in the United States from 1998 to 2011?. Doud AN, Weaver AA, Talton JW, Barnard RT, Meredith JW, Stitzel JD, Miller P, Miller AN.. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015;473(1):297-304.

Trial of short-course antimicrobial therapy for intraabdominal infection. Sawyer RG, Claridge JA, Nathens AB, Rotstein OD, Duane TM, Evans HL, Cook CH, O'Neill PJ, Mazuski JE, Askari R, Wilson MA, Napolitano LM, Namias N, Miller PR, Dellinger EP, Watson CM, Coimbra R, Dent DL, Lowry SF, Cocanour CS, West MA,.. N Engl J Med. 2015;372(21):1996-2005.

ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM mapping of the AAST Emergency General Surgery disease severity grading systems: conceptual approach, limitations, and recommendations for the future. Utter GH, Miller PR, Mowery NT, Tominaga GT, Gunter O, Osler TM, Ciesla DJ, Agarwal SK Jr, Inaba K, Aboutanos MB, Brown CV, Ross SE, Crandall ML, Shafi S.. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015;78(5):1059-1065.

Prospective evaluation of weight-based prophylactic enoxaparin dosing in critically ill trauma patients: adequacy of antiXa levels is improved. Nunez JM, Becher RD, Rebo GJ, Farrah JP, Borgerding EM, Stirparo JJ, Lauer C, Kilgo P, Miller PR.. Am Surg. 2015;81(6):605-609.

Golden opportunity: multidisciplinary simulation training improves trauma team efficiency [abstract]. Long AM, Mowery NT, Chang MC, Johnson JE, Miller PR III, Meredith JW, Carter JE.. J Am Coll Surg. 2015;221(4 Suppl 1):S57.

Subcapsular hematoma in blunt splenic injury: a significant predictor of failure of nonoperative management. Lopez JM Jr, McGonagill PW, Gross JL, Hoth JJ, Chang MC, Parker K, Requarth JA, Miller PR.. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015;79(6):957-960.

Measuring anatomic severity of disease in emergency general surgery. Shafi S, Aboutanos M, Brown CV, Ciesla D, Cohen MJ, Crandall ML, Inaba K, Miller PR, Mowery NT.. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014;76(3):884-887.

Prospective trial of angiography and embolization for all grade III to V blunt splenic injuries: nonoperative management success rate is significantly improved. Miller PR, Chang MC, Hoth JJ, Mowery NT, Hildreth AN, Martin RS, Holmes JH, Meredith JW, Requarth JA.. J Am Coll Surg. 2014;218(4):644-648.

The wandering bullet. Gross JL, Goldman MP, Farrah JP, Miller PR.. Am Surg. 2014;80(7):e196-e197.

Abdominal compartment syndrome and management of the open abdomen. Mowery NT, Miller PR, Chang MC, Meredith JW. In: Cameron JL, Cameron AM, eds. Current surgical therapy. 11th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders;2014: 1088-1093.

National Trauma Institute prospective evaluation of the ventilator bundle in trauma patients: does it really work?. Croce MA, Brasel KJ, Coimbra R, Adams CA Jr, Miller PR, Pasquale MD, McDonald CS, Vuthipadadon S, Fabian TC, Tolley EA.. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013;74(2):354-362.

Stapled versus hand-sewn anastomoses in emergency general surgery: a retrospective review of outcomes in a unique patient population. Farrah JP, Lauer CW, Bray MS, McCartt JM, Chang MC, Meredith JW, Miller PR, Mowery NT.. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013;74(5):1187-1194.

Examining predictors of reduction in drinking risk-level among severe-risk trauma patients following a brief counseling intervention [abstract]. Moro RR, Veach L, Miller P, O'Brien MC.. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2013;8(Suppl 1):A50.

The impact of patient- and SBI process-level variables on six-month drinking outcomes in a level I trauma center [abstract]. Rogers JL, Veach L, Miller P, O'Brien MC.. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2013;8(Suppl 1):A59.

Creation and implementation of an emergency general surgery registry modeled after the National Trauma Data Bank. Becher RD, Meredith JW, Chang MC, Hoth JJ, Beard HR, Miller PR.. J Am Coll Surg. 2012;214(2):156-163.

Acute care surgery: impact on practice and economics of elective surgeons. Miller PR, Wildman EA, Chang MC, Meredith JW.. J Am Coll Surg. 2012;214(4):531-538.

Systemic inflammation worsens outcomes in emergency surgical patients. Becher RD, Hoth JJ, Miller PR, Meredith JW, Chang MC.. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012;72(5):1140-1149.

The splenic artery stump pressure is affected by arterial anatomy after proximal embolotherapy in blunt splenic injury. Requarth JA, Miller PR.. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012;73(5):1221-1224.

Does acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II provide a valid metric to directly compare disease severity in trauma versus surgical intensive care unit patients?. Becher RD, Chang MC, Hoth JJ, Kendall JL, Beard HR, Miller PR.. Am Surg. 2012;78(11):1261-1269.

An innovative approach to predict the development of adult respiratory distress syndrome in patients with blunt trauma. Becher RD, Colonna AL, Enniss TM, Weaver AA, Crane DK, Martin RS, Mowery NT, Miller PR, Stitzel JD, Hoth JJ.. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012;73(5):1229-1235.

Locally derived versus guideline-based approach to treatment of hospital-acquired pneumonia in the trauma intensive care unit. Becher RD, Hoth JJ, Rebo JJ, Kendall JL, Miller PR.. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2012;13(6):352-359.

Ventilator-associated pneumonia rates at major trauma centers compared with a national benchmark: a multi-institutional study of the AAST. Michetti CP, Fakhry SM, Ferguson PL, Cook A, Moore FO, Gross R, Miller PR, et al.. J Trauma. 2012;72(5):1165-1173.

Aberrant obturator artery is a common arterial variant that may be a source of unidentified hemorrhage in pelvic fracture patients. Requarth JA, Miller PR.. J Trauma. 2011;70(2):366-372.

Emergency department length of stay is an independent predictor of hospital mortality in trauma activation patients. Mowery NT, Dougherty SD, Hildreth AN, Holmes JH IV, Chang MC, Martin RS, Hoth JJ, Meredith JW, Miller PR.. J Trauma. 2011;70(6):1317-1325.

A critical assessment of outcomes in emergency versus nonemergency general surgery using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. Becher RD, Hoth JJ, Miller PR, Mowery NT, Chang MC, Meredith JW.. Am Surg. 2011;77(7):951-959.

Multidrug-resistant pathogens and pneumonia: comparing the trauma and surgical intensive care units. Becher RD, Hoth JJ, Neff LP, Rebo JJ, Martin RS, Miller PR.. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2011;12(4):267-272.

Nonoperative management of adult blunt splenic injury with and without splenic artery embolotherapy: a meta-analysis. Requarth JA, D'Agostino RB Jr, Miller PR.. J Trauma. 2011;71(4):898-903.

Surgical intensive care unit mobility is increased after institution of a computerized mobility order set and intensive care unit mobility protocol: a prospective cohort analysis. Hildreth AN, Enniss T, Martin RS, Miller PR, Mitten-Long D, Gasaway J, Chang MC, Hoth JJ, Mowery NT, Meredith JW, et al.. Am Surg. 2010;76(8):818-822.

Multi-institutional experience using human acellular dermal matrix for ventral hernia repair in a compromised surgical field. Diaz JJ Jr, Conquest AM, Ferzoco SJ, Vargo D, Miller P, Wu Y-C, Donahue R.. Arch Surg. 2009;144(3):209-215.

Vacuum-assisted closure for defects of the abdominal wall. DeFranzo AJ, Pitzer K, Molnar JA, Marks MW, Chang MC, Miller PR, Letton RW, Argenta LC.. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008;121(3):832-839.

Tracheal and tracheobronchial tree injuries. Miller PR, Meredith JW. In: Asensio JA, Trunkey DD, eds. Current therapy of trauma and surgical critical care. Philadelphia: Mosby Elsevier;2008: 278-281.

Traumatic pulmonary pathology measured with computed tomography and a semiautomated analytic method. Daly M, Miller PR, Carr JJ, Gayzik FS, Hoth JJ, Meredith JW, Stitzel JD.. Clin Imaging. 2008;32(5):346-354.

FDG-PET in patients at risk for acute respiratory distress syndrome: a preliminary report. Rodrigues RS, Miller PR, Bozza FA, Marchiori E, Zimmerman GA, Hoffman JM, Morton KA.. Intensive Care Med. 2008;34(12):2273-2278.

A semi-automated approach for measuring splenic injury using computed tomography. Danelson KA, Hoth JJ, Miller PR, Stitzel JD.. Biomed Sci Instrum. 2007;43():13-17.

Increased insulin requirements are associated with pneumonia after severe injury. Martin RS, Smith JS, Hoth JJ, Miller PR, Meredith JW, Chang MC.. J Trauma. 2007;63(2):358-364.

Potential mucosal injury related to continuous aspiration of subglottic secretion device. Harvey RC, Miller P, Lee JA, Bowton DL, MacGregor DA.. Anesthesiology. 2007;107(4):666-669.

The pathogenesis of pulmonary contusion: an open chest model in the rat. Hoth JJ, Stitzel JD, Gayzik FS, Brownlee NA, Miller PR, Yoza BK, McCall CE, Meredith JW, Payne RM.. J Trauma. 2006;61(1):32-45.

Risk of thoracolumbar fractures doubled in victims of motor vehicle collisions with cervical spine fractures. Winslow JE III, Hensberry R, Bozeman WP, Hill KD, Miller PR.. J Trauma. 2006;61(3):686-687.

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Professor, General Surgery

Clinical Interests

Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Trauma Resuscitation, Surgical Infections, Emergency General Surgery
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