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Toni P. Miles, MD, PhD

Director of the Institute of Gerontology; Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

Toni P. Miles, MD, PhD is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and the American Association of Public Health. Her work is focused on the population health effects of the deaths of friends and family members and is used by advocacy groups including the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and theCulture Change Network of Georgia. In 2020, she completed the first ever state-wide survey of new bereavement in Georgia. Her team has also created and disseminated a guide for Best Practices in Bereavement Care to all nursing homes, personal care homes, and assisted living sites in Georgia during the pandemic. In 2012, she published the book - Health Reform and Disparities: History, Hype, Hope. It is an analysis of the Affordable Care Act's potential to reduce disparities in access to health care. Miles has more than 200 publications on the topics of public health, bereavement, and chronic diseases. She has recent interviews on the topic of public health and bereavement for Scott Tang on Hear & Now NPR, Allison Gilbert of the New York Times, and Judith Graham of Kaiser Health News. She has been married for 49 years and has an adult daughter. Swimming and piano are her hobbies.