Larry J. Miller, MD
Dr. Larry J. Miller practiced emergency medicine for 30 years in one of Texas’ largest inner-city hospitals. Since training at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, where he earned the Intern of the Year Award in 1966, he has personally treated more than 130,000 emergency patients. He served as chairman of the Emergency Departments of the 5 Baptist hospitals in San Antonio for 15 years and Medical Director for 10 EMS agencies in South Texas for 30 years.
Dr. Miller was the founder, CEO and Chairman of Vidacare Corporation, and the developer of the EZ-IO. He received the Innovation of the Year Award from the Wall Street Journal in 2008 for his development and commercialization of the EZ-IO, which has been credited with saving the lives of more than 4 million patients world-wide. Dr. Miller gives God all the credit for this incredible success.
He served as a missionary doctor for 4 years at Hospital Castañer in Puerto Rico, a rural total health care hospital operated by the Church of the Brethren, serving approximately 20,000 patients. Over the years, he traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and South America, serving at remote hospitals and public health facilities in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, and Colombia.
In December of 2010 Dr. Miller carried out an extensive humanitarian campaign in Haiti help to save lives from the ravishes of Cholera. More than 10,000 people died from this deadly disease, mostly of dehydration because medical personnel could not start an intravenous (IV) line. While there he worked with Project Hope, Physicians Without Boarders, and Samaritan’ Purse to teach the locals how to give IV fluids through the EZ-IO, enabling them to successfully treat thousands of patients.
Dr. Miller received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the University of Michigan in 2017. He is the author of 3 books about Emergency Medicine and Missionary Medicine.
For the past 7 years, Dr. Miller and his wife, Monica, have been missionaries in El Salvador through Christ for the City International, serving some of the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere. They have taken more than 20 teams of doctors, nurses, and paramedics to serve with them in medical/dental brigades. They are currently spearheading the building of a medical center, a Christian School, and providing clean drinking water to the people of a forgotten island, La Calzada. Dr Miller is the medical director of Acacia Medical Missions in Spring Branch, Texas, a faith-based non-profit clinic serving 20,000 uninsured patients of South Texas.