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In Memoriam

Dr. John Daniel Milam

May 22, 1933 – March 24, 2022


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John D. Milam, MD, former President and Trustee of the American Board of Pathology passed away on March 24, 2022, at the age of 88.

Dr. Milam served as a Trustee for the ABPath from 1985 to 1996 and made many contributions to advancing the profession of pathology and board certification through his work at the Board. Dr. Milam served as President of the ABPath from 1995 to 1996, Vice President in 1996 and Secretary in 1993. Dr. Milan also served as Chair of the Blood Banking /Transfusion Medicine Test Development and Advisory Committee for many years.

Dr. Milan had a distinguished career in pathology and blood transfusion. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. After completing a fellowship in pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York, he moved to Houston where he would spend the next 48 years working in the Texas Medical Center.

While at the UTHealth Houston, Dr. Milam helped develop devices to facilitate pheresis and refine blood banking and transfusion approaches for open-heart surgery and immunohematology. Dr. Milam assisted in performing the first human implantation of cardiac prosthesis for staged replacement of the heart in 1969.

In addition to his work with the ABPath Dr. Milan served as President for the following medical organizations throughout his career: American Association of Blood Banks, American Blood Commission, Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists, South Central Association of Blood Banks, and the Texas Society of Pathologists and also served on the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Council on Immunohematology. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties for four years and was on the Board of Governors in the College of American Pathologists.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UTHealth Houston at Designation: “John D. Milam, MD Memorial Fund”. To send a donation by mail, the address is UTHealth – Office of Development/ PO Box 20268/ Houston, TX 77025-9998.

Also, the family encourages you to take the time to donate blood. By doing so, you could save someone’s life and honor Dr. Milam’s memory.

To celebrate Dr. Milam’s life, visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 6. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Tallowood Baptist Church. The burial will immediately follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

We extend our condolences to Dr. Milam’s family and friends.


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