By Laura Sullivan-PowellFox News 11News – Detroit, Mich.
– A doctor who is considered one of the top white doctors in the country, diagnosed by a judge as the first white doctor to do a white American doctor show, said on Wednesday that he had been treated well in his first year as a certified pediatrician in Michigan.
Dr. Donald W. Miller of Lansing, Michigan, who was honored with the award on Wednesday by the National Council on American Medical Education, said he had received praise and encouragement from family and friends in the days leading up to the diagnosis.
“I’ve gotten a lot of love and support, not just from my peers but also from my family and colleagues,” he said.
“This is going to be an amazing experience for me.
It’s going to make me proud to be a pediatrician.”
Miller said that while he didn’t know the identity of the patient, his diagnosis came as a surprise.
“As a pediatric, I would have known that this was a person with schizophrenia and I would be a little nervous, but I knew the diagnosis came from what he was saying,” he told Fox News.
“I didn’t even know that he was black, I thought it was just a bit of an oddity, a misdiagnosis, but when he said it, it really opened my eyes.”
Miller is one of three white doctors on the CBS reality show “America’s GOT Talent” and the first to be awarded the prestigious “Dr. Dr. Oz” award.
He said he hopes to work with more minorities to teach them the skills necessary to become pediatricians, like helping patients with mental health issues, as well as teaching them the basics of the medical profession.
Miller is not the only doctor to receive the honor.
Daniel L. DeMarco and Scott L. Miller received the award for being “leaders of the most inclusive pediatric practice in the world.”
Miller, who is the chairman of the board of the National Academy of Family Physicians, said that as a pediatric specialist, he sees the need to help children with learning disabilities, and said that he also helps children with depression and anxiety.
“That’s what I’m most proud of in my job,” he added.
Miller said he’s already been able to teach himself to do basic tasks like feeding, and he is hopeful that he will be able to be more involved in pediatric practices in the future.
“My main goal is to have the ability to teach children with special needs,” he explained.
“And that’s what my job is.”
The first black doctor to be named an “America” doctor on “America,” Dr. L.L. Johnson, received the “Dr L. L” award in 2017, a position he holds for 20 years.
Johnson is the only black person to be nominated for that honor.
“This is a very exciting time for pediatric medicine,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, chairman of pediatric neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic.
“There’s an explosion of interest in this profession and it’s really important that we have people of color in the profession, so we can actually train and prepare people to become doctors.”