My Practice

Julie Miller, MD, FRACS

Specialist Endocrine Surgeon

Head of Endocrine Surgery - The Royal Melbourne Hospital

President, Australian and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons

Julie Miller, MD

Prof. Miller is a specialist surgeon with specific expertise in endocrine surgery. Originally from the United States, she became a fully qualified surgeon in New York City before moving to Australia in 2001. She is a consultant surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Epworth Freemason's Hospital, and former Clinical Sub-Dean for Surgical Education at the University of Melbourne.

Prof. Miller serves as the President of Australian and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons, and Head of the Endocrine Section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She is Head of the Thyroid and Endocrine Tumour Group of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and directs the Thyroid Cancer Multidisciplinary Care Conference. She has a special interest and expertise in minimally invasive parathyroid surgery, as well as thyroid and adrenal surgery.

Prof. Miller is an warm, personable, and knowledgeable surgeon. Se is also an innovator in her field.  In 2011, Prof. Miller was the first surgeon in Victoria to perform a PRA (posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy). This approach to the adrenal gland is relatively painless, so it benefits the patient in terms of faster recovery. Most patients have no need for prescription pain tablets. She has since taught many other surgeons the procedure, which is now the procedure of choice of the most experienced endocrine surgeons around the world.

In 2015, she established Australia’s first public one-stop thyroid nodule clinic, offering same day assessment and ultrasound-guided thyroid biopsies to patients who need them, thereby streamlining care and reducing the number of visits necessary to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan.

In 2017, she became the first surgeon in Australia to offer non-surgical ablation of benign thyroid cysts using medical grade ethanol, thereby allowing patients with large, symptomatic cysts to be treated without surgery.

Prof. Miller is a sought after speaker and has given many invited lectures nationally and internationally on her areas of expertise.

Endocrine Surgery

Parathyroid: She has cured thousands of patients with high blood calcium so they feel better, have more energy, improved mood, and recover bone strength. Patients include many doctors and nurses, and patients who have travelled from interstate and abroad. She performs her own parathyroid ultrasound localization.

  • Specialties

    Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy

    Thyroid surgery, including thyroid cancer

    Minimally invasive low pain Adrenal surgery

    Surgeon-performed ultrasound of the thyroid and parathyroid glands

  • Qualifications

    Head of Endocrine Surgery, The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

    Chair of Thyroid Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (winner of Melbourne Health's BEST OF HEALTH Award).

    Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

    Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.

    Australian Medical Registration Board.

    New York State Medical License.

    Medical Doctorate, Summa Cum Laude (with highest honours) - 1996.

    Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude (with high honours) - 1992.

  • Medical School

    Washington University, USA Summa Cum Laude (highest honours) (consistently ranked in top 5 medical schools by US News and World Report)

  • Post Graduate Training

    New York Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell and Columbia University.

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - NY, USA.

    MD Anderson Cancer Center - Houston, TX, USA (Sabbatical 2009-10).

  • Professional Memberships

    President, Australia/New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons.

    Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

    Asian Association of Endocrine Surgeons (Past President).

    American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

    International Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

    Endocrine Society of Australia.

    Australian Medical Association.

    Head of Endocrine Surgery, Royal Melbourne Hospital.

    Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (by invitation only).

    Former Clinical Sub Dean for Surgical Education, University of Melbourne.

  • Current Appointments (Public Hospital)

    The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

    Royal Women's Hospital.

    Clinical Associate Prof. of Surgery, University of Melbourne Department of Surgery.

  • Operates at the following private hospitals

    Epworth Freemason's Hospital

  • Recent Professional Activities

    President, Australian and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons.

    Steering Committee, Australia/New Zealand Thyroid Cancer Registry.

    Invited speaker locally, nationally, and internationally.

    International Faculty - USA Masters of Endocrine Surgery Course.

    Chair of Operating Room Quality Committee.

    Lecturer and Facilitator - Thyroid Ultrasound for Clinicians Course.

    RACS Post Graduate Course in Endocrine Surgery - Organizing Committee and Speaker.

    Peer reviewer and Editorial Board for several international medical journals.

    Research Supervisor for Surgical Trainees and Medical Students.

    Advanced Medical Science Surgical Coordinator.

    Medical Curriculum Planning Committee for University of Melbourne.

    Clinical Examiner in Surgery for Surgical Trainees and final year Medical Students.