Dr. Millar retire’s after 37 years of dedicated service as a cardiothoracic surgeon, nine of those years at Dixie Regional, leading the program he founded. He has been called as the Mission President of the England London South Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dr. Millar and his wife, Valerie, will arrive in London in early July.
A University of Utah Medical School graduate, Dr. Millar was a skilled surgeon at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City for 17 years, and earlier in his career started a cardiovascular surgery program in Medford, Oregon. He is one of the world’s leading experts on the maze procedure (alters electrical impulses in the heart) and has conducted demonstrations on this and other surgical procedures internationally.
Prior to the construction of the River Road campus Dr. Millar was approached to direct the planning and development of Dixie Regional’s heart services. From the inception Dr. Millar has guided the program’s evolution and because of his guidance cardiovascular services at Dixie Regional have received local and national recognition.
“When Roger came to Dixie Regional he had a vision for this place and believed this could be the top thoracic program in Utah,” said Dr. Kory Woodbury, one of Dr. Millar’s partners. “He believed the program could be an island of excellence in the southern Utah desert and he made it happen.”
Together Drs. Millar, Woodbury and Jason Bowles have performed more than 2,700 heart surgeries since Dr. Millar’s first case on December 2, 2003. The program has been named a Thompson Reuter 50 (and 100) Top Hospital four times and has been ranked by Consumer Reports as the only 3 Star Heart Program in Utah.
Dr.’s Woodbury and Bowles are poised to continue the excellence of the heart surgery program. “Roger established a program that could survive and operate smoothly in his absence,” said Dr. Woodbury. “Team effort is a defining characteristic of this program and we feel ownership in it.”