New Hamilton County health officer wants to see Chattanooga up and moving

Contributed photography by Hamilton County Health Department / Dr. Stephen Miller

If Dr. Stephen Miller could have one wish for Chattanooga-area residents, it would be to see them outdoors and active.

On a personal level, he loves getting outside whenever possible -- sailing on Chickamauga Lake, mountain biking, hiking. As a physician, it's his hope to foster that passion for fresh air and exercise in all the communities he serves.

"When I visit other cities, I see people taking advantage of parks," he says. "And I see the kind of changes that have taken place here over the last 30 years -- people taking advantage of green spaces. I'd like to see more of that for all of our populations."

Earlier this summer, Dr. Miller was named the new health officer for the Hamilton County Health Department. He brings with him a 22-year background in the medical field, his experience ranging from the emergency room to private practice.