James G. Miller

Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering
Albert Gordon Hill Professor of Physics
PhD, Washington University
research interests:
  • Biophysics
  • Echocardiography
  • Ultrasonics

contact info:

mailing address:

  • CB 1105
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

​Professor Miller's research focuses on the physics of anisotropic, inherently inhomogeneous media. This research has provided the basis for significantly improved diagnostic images of the hearts of patients and has been incorporated into commercially available echocardiographic imagers in use throughout the world.

Miller's research spans a broad spectrum from fundamental (e.g., Kramers-Kronig-like generalized dispersion relations) to applied (e.g., echocardiography). He is the author of approximately 165 refereed papers, approximately 110 conference proceedings manuscripts and book chapters, and approximately 265 abstracts of talks delivered at national and international meetings.

For many years, Miller has taught an undergraduate course on the physics of the cardiovascular system (Physics of the Heart) that is taken by a large number of premedical and biomedical engineering students. Miller has also been a mentor to 35 physics graduate students who have completed the PhD under his guidance.



Silver Medal  - Acoustical Society of America
Joseph H. Holmes Basic Science Pioneer Award - American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Rayleigh Award - IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society



Full publications list

Highlighted Course

Physics of the Heart (Physics 314)

A lecture and demonstration course which may be of particular interest to premedical and life-science students. Basic physics of the human cardiovascular system. Elasticity of vessels: properties of elastin and collagen. Energetics of the circulation: arterial and venous blood pressure, total fluid energy, gravitational potential energy, kinetic energy. Streamline flow and turbulence: effects of stenosis. Static and dynamic energy consumption of the heart: cardiac efficiency, the tension-time integral, Laplace's law, Starling's law. Metabolism of cardiac muscle. Electrophysiology: the heartbeat and cardiac arrhythmias. The physics of phonocardiograms, echocardiograms, and other non-invasive techniques for physical assessment of cardiac abnormalities, including ischemia and myocardial infarction. Models of mechanical properties: contractile element, series elastic and parallel elastic elements.