About John

Dr. John Miller and His Team

Dr. John Miller and His Team

A dedicated pediatrician who loves children, John J. Miller M.D. is on a mission to make hospital stays for kids less intimidating and to help them fill the time with great reads.

Born just outside of Philadelphia, Dr. Miller was the eldest of four boys raised by his machinist father and his stay-at-home mother.

At the age of five, he was diagnosed with cancer—a neuroblastoma—requiring surgery and a prolonged hospital stay.

“It was during that month in the hospital, that my imagination just soared. In those days, we didn’t have any TV, IPads, IPhones, board games, or books to read in our ward of twelve pediatric beds. So I would lie there and gaze out the window for hours, watching the enormous brick smokestack across the ground belching its white smoke high into the sky. In my mind, I would create images of what I thought the smoke was forming—dragons, knights on horseback, spears and lances, castles.”

Years later, following graduation from Thomas Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, Dr. Miller headed west to California. He has been a dedicated Pediatrician and Neonatologist in Southern California for the past forty-five years, caring for and healing thousands of children.

Dr. Miller is married with three grown children and three beautiful grandchildren.

I have worked in hospital settings for over four decades. They are, no doubt, a scary place for children. Loud hallways, enormous, cold, stainless steel cabinets, overhanging IV poles with strange liquids dripping down into plastic bags, endless numbers of strangers coming in and out of the child’s room.

“Pediatrics is my life! This book was written so that I could give something to the children in our hospitals to help them escape, for a short time, the burden of their illnesses—just like my smokestack did for me. I’ve always been just a big kid at heart!”

“Keep Our Kids Reading, Inc. has been created to help to donate these novels and, eventually, a wide variety of books to children throughout our country. My hope and my dream would be to have a book in every hospitalized child’s hands for them to read or for their mothers and fathers to read to them.”

“I have worked in hospital settings for over four decades. They are, no doubt, a scary place for children. Loud hallways, enormous, cold, stainless steel cabinets, overhanging IV poles with strange liquids dripping down into plastic bags, endless numbers of strangers coming in and out of the child’s room.”

“I want to be able to allow them to escape that world. Having a book of fantasy to read, or for their parents to read to them, will hopefully allow them to do that.”

When not tending to the children in his practice or in the hospital, Dr. Miller spends time with his kids and grandkids, travels the world with his wife, loves to entertain friends, and has adventures—with his characters—in the lands about which he writes.

“As I grow older, writing has become a new passion in my life. I love to create new worlds of fantasy and the characters that populate those worlds. I hope that someday, my novels will inspire our younger generations to dream, to fantasize, and then to realize that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.”

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