ONS Physician Spotlight on Shoulder Surgeon Dr. Seth MillerFeatured Doctor
Get to know shoulder specialist Dr. Seth Miller and learn what drives his personal approach in caring for patients. Dr. Miller is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with a fellowship in shoulder surgery. He sees patients in the Greenwich and Harrison offices.
What is your own practice philosophy?
Whether I’m taking care of a professional athlete or weekend warrior, my philosophy is to treat all patients the way I would treat my own family. My goal is to establish a proper diagnosis in the most efficient way possible and then begin a treatment plan that is right for each patient. Many conditions can be treated nonoperatively and that is always the first choice. If surgery is required, then using the latest minimally invasive techniques has clearly been beneficial to my patients.
What made you chose to become a shoulder surgeon?
I spent an additional year after orthopedic residency training as a shoulder fellow at Columbia Presbyterian in New York City. The fellowship was under Dr. Charles Neer who was a world-renowned shoulder specialist. Each year he would select one resident from the eight residents in the program for the shoulder fellowship, and I was fortunate enough to be selected to spend the additional year working directly with him both in his office and in the operating room.
What trends in your specialty area do you see emerging?
Recent trends and shoulder surgery have included improved techniques for arthroscopic procedures as well as an increasing frequency of shoulder replacements, particularly the reverse shoulder replacement. The reverse replacement has been a tremendous benefit for patients who suffer from both a rotator cuff tear and severe arthritis. At this time, I have performed over 2000 shoulder replacements and the demand continues to be increasing.
How do you stay current in your field?
I believe it is critically important to stay current with shoulder research and evolving techniques by attending shoulder specific conferences and meetings. Lately these have been virtual but still very beneficial. We also continue to perform clinically related research on shoulder conditions and publish our results in peer reviewed journals on a regular basis.
Outside of your work, what are your personal interests?
During the pandemic, I returned to running (usually with my dog) which I have enjoyed greatly, as well as the new sport of pickle ball. My wife and I love to travel, and we have been fortunate to have visited some of the most beautiful and fascinating places around the globe. I am hopeful that we can return to traveling again soon.