Mark Mitchell Miller, owner of Miller Medical Illustration and Mark Miller Creations, was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. An early interest in both art and science led him to combine a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Pre-Medicine at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Working with Dr. Robert Breitenbach in the Department of Biology his senior year, Mark illustrated an undergraduate lab manual, a project which switched his focus from a career in medicine to one in medical illustration. Mark subsequently entered the graduate program in Medical Illustration at the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. His interests there included 3D medical models as well as facial prosthetics. Upon receiving a Master of Arts degree in Medical Illustration in 1986, Mark joined the faculty in Art as Applied to Medicine, where his responsibilities included teaching medical sculpture, heading the facial prosthetics clinic, and producing surgical illustrations for the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. In 1991 Mark established Miller Medical Illustration, a sole-proprietorship, in Kansas City. In July of 2013 he joined the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Department of Communications, where he is employed on a part-time basis as Scientific Illustrator and Instructor in Adobe Illustrator and Best Practices in Visual Communications. Mark continues to create medical and scientific illustrations for a diverse group of national and international clients, depicting a wide range of medical, biological, scientific and veterinary subjects, and is a speaker on the field of medical illustration and its history. 


If variety is the spice of life, then my over three decade illustration career has been a bowl of shrimp creole with an added dose of cayenne pepper! Working in diverse areas of science and medicine, from basic concepts to state-of-the-art molecular methods of action, has given me an appreciation for how quickly advances are made and how far our understanding has come in the last quarter century. All science is interrelated. The invention of a new surgical apparatus has implications not only for surgeons, but also for physiologists, pathologists and physical therapists, just to name a few medical specialties, as well as medical-legal specialists and government regulators. Drugs developed for one disease often end up treating another in an entirely different body system. The examples of cross-fertilization in science are endless, which is why I feel quite fortunate to have worked this long as a medical and scientific illustrator, and why I hope my projects continue to be as diverse and interesting as science itself.