Dr. Richard Miles has been named the 2023 Dr. Hossein Fallahzadeh Public Health Hero Award winner. The award, presented by Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD), is bestowed annually to an individual who has demonstrated a dedication to improving the health of district residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2023).
Richard Miles, M.D., is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He opened his practice in Russell County over 40 years ago as a family physician. He is a long-time member of the local and district board of health. Dr. Miles is also the Chief Medical Officer for Russell County Hospital and Medical Director for Rural Health Clinic Family Practice Associates.
“He is involved and interested in the needs of the community,” one nomination stated, “and is always willing to be a supportive, strong voice for what is in the best interest of the community.”
“Dr. Miles has been very active in supporting public health in general,” said LCDHD Director Amy Tomlinson. “He has been very active in promoting our harm reduction and substance use disorder programs across the district. We are thankful for his support and understanding of public health.”
The award was first presented in 2022 and was renamed in honor of its first recipient, the late Dr. Hossein Fallahzadeh. This year, nominations came in from across the district for the award.
“The nominations this year included several very deserving community members. I am excited by the participation across the district and look forward to this award growing in the future. It is a wonderful way to recognize those who labor among us, often without praise, for the improved health of our region,” said Tomlinson.
Dr. Miles will accept the award on April 7 at the Russell County Health Department at 9 AM Central Time. The presentation will be streamed live on the LCDHD YouTube channel.