Daily Record Staff//March 31, 2023
//March 31, 2023
Redonda G. Miller, M.D., M.B.A. arrived at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a medical student in 1988 and has served as president of the medical institution since 2016.
The practicing internist, who continues to see patients while maintaining her leadership role, joined the medical faculty in 1997. Over the years, she held administrative roles with increased responsibility such as vice chair of clinical operations for the Department of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Health System’s senior vice president of medical affairs. Since 2006, Miller has also served as an associate professor in the Department of Medicine.
How has the pandemic changed your view on your job or broader profession?
The pandemic did not change my view as much as it deepened my respect for the dedication and resilience of health care workers and, in particular, my colleagues at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. When COVID-19 arrived, our extraordinary staff did not shy away even though this was a new virus that was making people incredibly sick. Instead, they strapped on their N95 masks and went to work on the front lines, as they always do, caring for our patients. They stepped up when we needed them – and they continue to step up today, even as health care has become more complicated. I am incredibly grateful.
What’s your best advice for someone who aspires to your job?
It goes without saying that hard work is a necessity for career advancement. But that’s just the jumping off point. Companies and organizations are looking for leaders who are willing to volunteer for the difficult jobs, who communicate with positivity and who value every member of the team.
These are the key ingredients to leading diverse and complex organizations – through good times and bad.
Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
There have been many people who have played pivotal roles in my life, but one of the earliest was my father. I am one of four children, including three girls, and we grew up in the 1970s. A lot of women did not work outside the home, but my father made it clear to us that he wanted his girls to make their own way. He wanted us to be strong and self-sufficient and to always stand on our own two feet. He encouraged me to take chances and made me feel like anything was possible. I’ve carried that through my whole life.