Henry I. Miller

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Henry Miller
Henry Miller and dog.jpg
Born (1947-07-01) July 1, 1947 (age 71)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
OccupationDoctor and Author

Henry I. Miller is an American medical researcher and columnist, formerly with the FDA, and from 1994 until 2018 the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, a public policy think tank located on the university's campus in California.[1] He is an Adjunct Fellow of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.


Miller was born on July 1, 1947 in South Philadelphia and raised there.[2]

He was educated at M.I.T. (B.S. in Life Sciences) and the University of California, San Diego (M.Sc. and M.D.) and was a resident and Clinical Fellow in Medicine[specify] at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He performed research on gene organization and expression as a Research Fellow in the laboratory of Philip Leder M.D. at the National Institutes of Health.[3]

Miller was a civil servant for fifteen years at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (1979–94). He was the medical reviewer for the first genetically engineered drugs to be evaluated by the FDA and was instrumental[4] in the rapid licensing of genetically engineered human insulin and human growth hormone. From 1985 to 1989, he was a special assistant to the FDA commissioner and from 1989 to 1993, the founding director of the FDA's Office of Biotechnology.[5]

Since joining the Hoover Institution in 1994, Miller authored books and articles in scholarly journals, newspapers and online. He has been an Adjunct Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.[6] He also has been a trustee of American Council on Science and Health and a Consulting Professor at Stanford University's Institute for International Studies (now[when?] the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies).[citation needed]

In 2017 it was reported that Miller had asked Monsanto to draft an article for him in 2015 which was later published under his name on Forbes’s website in 2015.[7]

As reported by The New York Times: “Documents show that Henry I. Miller … asked Monsanto to draft an article for him that largely mirrored one that appeared under his name on Forbes’s website in 2015. Mia Carbonell, a Forbes spokeswoman, told The New York Times: “All contributors to Forbes.com sign a contract requiring them to disclose any potential conflicts of interest and only publish content that is their own original writing. When it came to our attention that Mr. Miller violated these terms, we removed his blog from Forbes.com and ended our relationship with him.”[8]


Tobacco-related debates[edit]

In a 1994 APCO Associates public relations strategy memo to help Phillip Morris organize a global campaign to fight tobacco regulations, Henry Miller was referred to as "a key supporter" and as a potential recruit.[9] In 2012, Henry Miller rejected efforts to link him with a pro-tobacco stance, pointing out that he never worked directly or indirectly, with or without compensation, on behalf of the tobacco industry, and saying "As a physician, I detest cigarettes and the carnage wrought by smoking", and “Tobacco is an inherently, irredeemably dangerous product.” [10]

In 2012, in the context of arguing for harm reduction strategies, Miller wrote that "nicotine ... is not particularly bad for you in the amounts delivered by cigarettes or smokeless products. The vast majority of the health risks from tobacco come from the burning and inhalation of smoke. Quitting tobacco altogether remains the ideal outcome, but switching to lower-risk products would be a boon to the health of smokers." [11]

Mehmet Oz[edit]

On April 16, 2015, Miller coordinated a letter from a group of physicians to Columbia University demanding that the College of Physicians and Surgeons remove Mehmet Oz as a professor of surgery. The letter claimed that Oz has "shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine... for personal financial gain." Oz denied the claims in a statement made on April 17, 2015, saying "I bring the public information that will help them on their path to be their best selves. We provide multiple points of view, including mine which is offered without conflict of interest. That doesn't sit well with certain agendas which distort the facts..." Columbia came to Oz's defense, saying "Columbia is committed to the principle of academic freedom and to upholding all faculty members’ freedom of expression for statements they make in public discussion," [12] However, the physicians' letter elicited widespread criticism of Oz, from a variety of quarters, including John Oliver on TV,[13] Michael Specter in the New Yorker,[14] and Oz's faculty colleagues at Columbia.[15][16] By May 2015, the viewership of Oz's TV program had decreased by more than 50 percent from the 2011-2012 season.[17]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Miller, Henry I. To America's Health: A Proposal to Reform the Food and Drug Administration. Stanford, Calif: Hoover Institution Press, 2000. ISBN 9780817999025
  • Miller, Henry I. Policy Controversy in Biotechnology: An Insider's View. Austin, Tex: R.G. Landes, 1997. ISBN 9781570594083
  • Miller, Henry I, and Gregory P. Conko. The Frankenfood Myth: How Protest and Politics Threaten the Biotech Revolution. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2004. ISBN 0275978796[18]
  • Miller, Henry I. Is the Biodiversity Treaty a Bureaucratic Time Bomb? Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, 1994. ISBN 9780817956127

Research articles

  • Penhoet, E., H.I. Miller, M. Doyle, and S. Blatti. RNA-dependent RNA polymerase in influenza virions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 68, 1369 (1971). [The first description of this essential flu enzyme.]
  • Miller, H.I., D.A. Konkel, and P. Leder. An intervening sequence of the mouse beta-major globin gene shares extensive homology only with beta-globin genes. Nature 275, 772-774 (1978).
  • Miller, H.I. et al, A Model Protocol to Assess the Risk of Agricultural Introductions. Nature Biotechnology 15, 845 - 848 (1997).
  • Miller, Henry I. Germline Gene Therapy: Don't Let Good Intentions Spawn Bad Policy. Issues in Science & Technology, Spring 2016 (in press).
  • Rappuoli, Rino, Henry I. Miller, and Stanley Falkow. "The intangible value of vaccination." Science 297.5583 (2002): 937-939.
  • Green, Melvin H., Henry I. Miller, and Sheldon Hendler. "Isolation of a polyoma-nucleoprotein complex from infected mouse-cell cultures." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 68.5 (1971): 1032-1036.
  • Miller, Henry I., Arthur D. Riggs, and Gordon N. Gill. "Ribonuclease H (Hybrid) in Escherichia coli IDENTIFICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION." Journal of Biological Chemistry 248.7 (1973): 2621-2624.

Articles and Op-Eds

  • Henry I. Miller, "Genetic Catastrophes: A Tale of Science, Medicine and Suffering" [1] Forbes. Mar. 23, 2016.
  • John J. Cohrssen and Henry I. Miller, "The U.S. Is Botching the Zika Fight". [2] Wall Street Journal., Mar. 13, 2016.
  • Henry I. Miller, "What Politicians Should Learn About Vaccination,". [3]. National Review. Sep. 19, 2015.
  • Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen. "The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture". Forbes. JUL 29, 2015.

He is a columnist for "Project Syndicate," which translates his articles into as many as 12 languages and submits them to its syndicate of more than 500 newspapers and other publications.[19]

Miller regularly appears on the nationally syndicated radio programs of John Batchelor and Lars Larson.[20]


Described as a "vocal proponent of the free market", he was shortlisted in 2006 (in the Society and ethics category) by the editors of "Nature Biotechnology" as one of the people who had made the "most significant contributions" to biotechnology during the previous decade.[23]


  1. ^ "Henry I. Miller". The Hoover Institution. July 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "Henry I. Miller". Famous-Peoples.com. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Henry I. Miller". Competitive Enterprise Institute. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Henry I. Miller". American Council on Science and Health. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Former Director of the FDA's Office of Biotechnology Pens Op-Ed Criticizing FDA Enforcement on Organic Labeling, FDA Commissioner Pledges to Look at Labeling Claims in Organics". Keller and Heckman LLP. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Henry I. Miller". Competitive Enterprise Institute. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Monsanto's Sway Over Research Is Seen in Disclosed Emails". New York Times. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  8. ^ Hakim, Danny. (August 1, 2017). "Monsanto Emails Raise Issue of Influencing Research on Roundup Weed Killer", The New York Times. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Tom Hockaday and Neal Cohen of Apco Associates Inc. Thoughts on TASSC Europe. Memorandum to Matt Winokur, 25 March 1994. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, University of California, San Francisco. Bates No. 2024233595-2024233602.
  10. ^ "A David and Goliath parable". The Daily Caller. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  11. ^ Henry I. Miller and Jeff Stier, "The Cigarette Smokescreen." Defining Ideas, March 21, 2012. Hoover.org
  12. ^ ""We Will Not Be Silenced:" Dr. Oz Responds To Critics Who Want Him Out Of Columbia - BuzzFeed News". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  13. ^ "John Oliver - Dr. Oz". YouTube. 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  14. ^ "Columbia and the Problem of Dr. Oz". The New Yorker. 2015-04-23. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  15. ^ "oncerns About Dr. Oz: A Clash at Columbia". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  16. ^ "Columbia medical faculty: What do we do about Dr. Oz?". Usatoday.com. 2015-04-26. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  17. ^ "Dr. Oz Audience Down 50 Percent – So We're Halfway There | American Council on Science and Health". Acsh.org. 2015-09-15. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  18. ^ "Barron's 25 Best Books of 2004". seeking alpha.com. 18 December 2004.
  19. ^ "Henry I. Miller". Project Syndicate. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  20. ^ "Nationally-Renowned Scholar Henry Miller, M.S., M.D., Joins Pacific Research Institute as Senior Fellow in Health Care". 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  21. ^ "Scientists Honor Top Science Op-Ed Writer: Henry I. Miller". American Council on Science and Health. 7 May 2008.
  22. ^ Hariri, Robert. "Worldview 100 : worldVIEW". Saworldview.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  23. ^ Sabine Louet (1 March 2006). "Who's Who in Biotech" (PDF). Nature Biotechnology. 24 (3). doi:10.1038/nbt0306-291. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 6, 2015.