Alison Miles is the Associate Fellowship Program Director and has worked as an attending physician in the PICU since July of 2013. She provides clinical care to critically ill children with a broad spectrum of conditions who arrive in the PICU from the emergency department or operating room, or as referrals from other hospitals. She finds it very rewarding to watch children recover from life-threatening conditions and rejoin their families.
Dr. Miles conducts research in the experience of moral distress by PICU providers. Working with critically ill children can be emotionally stressful for care providers. She has interviewed all types of practitioners involved in the care of long-term patients who remained in the PICU from 2 months to 2 years. By identifying what was difficult about these cases and what was learned, she hopes to develop strategies to better manage clinician stress. In turn, clinicians with lower stress levels will be in a better position to improve the quality of life for patients who are living longer with chronic diseases. In the long term, Dr. Miles ultimately would like to improve the field of pediatric palliative care for patients, families, and care providers.
Dr. Miles received her medical degree at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005.