James W. Miller, MD

Class Year




Posted on: September 9, 2019

The Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame (MISHOF) has announced that James W. (Jim) Miller, MD ’77, will be inducted into the Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2019 on September 13, 2019.

In a news release, MISHOF said, “Dr. Miller has been involved in all aspects of masters swimming and aquatics. His eclectic aquatic experiences as an athlete, coach, official, physician, leader and lecturer have given him a wealth of knowledge and experience beyond words. And only a person of Miller’s seemingly unlimited talents could fit all his contributions to aquatics and masters swimming into one lifetime.”

In 1986, at the age of 35, Miller achieved his first individual top ten time as a masters swimmer and that same year he received the first Coach of the Year Award presented by U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS). Three years later, in 1999, he received the Dr. Ransom Arthur award for his contributions to masters swimming.

When Miller was elected president of USMS in 2001, he laid the groundwork for the organization to make a switch from an all-volunteer organization to a professionally managed national governing body with a paid staff. And with Miller’s help, USMS put on what was then the largest FINA Masters World Championships in Palo Alto, California in 2006.

As a physician, he has served as vhairman of the USMS Medical Committee, as team physician for USA Swimming at the Olympics, World Championships and at open water events since 1996. He has been a member of the FINA Medical Committee since 2001 and lectures around the world on the benefits of masters sports, nutrition and shoulder injuries for FINA and the International Olympic Committee. He has also given insight on the physical effects of shaving on swimming performance.

Dr. Miller is based in Richmond, Va., where he founded Family Practice Specialists of Richmond in November 1994. He is an associate clinical professor for the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and James Madison University.