2021 Champions of Hope

Each year, the Champion of Hope Award recognizes an outstanding medical or community partner of the American Cancer Society. The award is a prestigious local honor for an individual or community partner who has made extraordinary contributions in the fight against cancer through humanitarian, distinguished service and leadership.

2021 Medical Honoree

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Alan Miller

Dr. Miller has a long and distinguished career in Oncology and Clinical Research. For the past three years, he has helped build an oncology and clinical research network for SCL Health, with nine cancer centers in Colorado and Montana. Prior to joining SCL Health, he served as the system Chief of Oncology for Baylor Scott and White Health as well as Director of the Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Miller has also led the Blood and Marrow Transplant programs at the University of Florida and Tulane University, the latter which he founded. At Tulane, he also served in medical school and health sciences leadership positions, and was part of the team that brought that institution back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.


Dr. Miller has been a principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous cancer clinical trials, and early in his career held a prestigious American Cancer Society Career Development Award. Other notable activities include serving as Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Health Care Commission, and Chairman of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. Dr. Miller has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals including, Nature, Blood and The Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Dr. Miller has enjoyed his partnership with ACS. In addition to his Career Development Award, he has served on the Dallas Advisory Board of the ACS, including serving as President in 2016. He was a leader in bringing a Hope Lodge to Dallas, a facility now under construction.  In his first year in the Denver region he jumped right in, participating in the “Real Men Wear Pink” event.


Alan and his wife, Ellen, love living in Erie, Colorado, with their mighty toy poodle, Harley. They enjoy hiking, biking and snow shoeing.  They have three grown children and two grandchildren spread across the east coast.