(Washington, D.C.)––Dr. Timothy Miller, one of the nation’s most renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeons, will receive the Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Sciences Award on Saturday night, July 25, at VVA’s 17th biennial National Convention in Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Miller, who served with the Army Special Forces in the Vietnam War from 1965-66, is an emeritus professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Chief Surgeon of Operation Mend, a pioneering partnership between the Brooke Army Medical Center and the UCLA Health System.
“Not only did Tim Miller serve his country in the Vietnam War, but he is now giving his time and expertise to Operation Mend, which works with veterans who have suffered severely disfiguring facial wounds in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said VVA National President John Rowan. “I can’t think of anyone else more deserving of this award.”
The former director of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Miller headed the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center from 1973-2006. He and his team have performed some 230 reconstructive plastic surgeries for Operation Mend patients—at no charge—since 2007.
More than 850 delegates from VVA chapters across the country will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Springfield, along with members of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA), which also will be holding its National Convention. Former Prisoner of War William Robinson will deliver the Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday morning, July 22. Vietnam veterans Duery Felton, the former curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection, and Walter Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Parade magazine, also will be honored at the Awards Banquet.