Ryan D. Miller, DO

As a general health provider for women, Dr. Ryan D. Miller offers a wide array of procedures that range from pap smears to delivery and surgery.

Dr. Miller joined the Tanner Clinic obstetrics and gynecological team in 2012.

Dr. Miller, an Idaho native, earned his undergraduate degree in business management from Idaho State University in Pocatello.

His medical training began at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he earned his D.O. (equivalent of an M.D.). He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso where he was awarded the title of Most Compassionate Physician and served as chief administrative resident in his final year. The school is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The physician counts among his specialties minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and he is skilled in using the Da Vinci Surgical System. He is fluent in Spanish and Tagalog. He enjoys basketball, football and softball — as evidenced by his participation on the Tanner Clinic Men’s Softball Team, which in 2013 and 2014 walked away with the Layton City Championship.

Dr. Miller and his wife Paige have four sons.

What Patients Say About Dr. Miller

“I have loved having Dr. Miller as my OBGYN He did an amazing job at explaining things and actually took the time to listen to what ever problems I was having. When it was time for me to deliver my little boy he made sure I knew everything that was going on and my birth plan was followed. Even after delivery he asked how I was doing. I TOTALLY recommend Dr. Miller.” – Jamie Andersen, Google, October 2017

“Love Dr. Miller. He’s so genuine and kind and explains things clearly and answers all concerns you have from the beginning. I have never left his office concerned about my baby.” – Cheyenne Richmond on Google, October 2017

“I absolutely LOVE Dr. Ryan Miller as my OB. I have always had a great experience with him! His MA’s are always quick to call you back if you leave a message (you usually don’t need to) and the waiting time is minimal!” – Katelyn on Google, July 2017

“We’ve had Dr. Ryan Miller for prenatal and delivery of both my children! We love him! He’s very kind, thoughtful, fun, and great with my other kids.” – Kelsey on Google, July 2017

“Best OB/GYN in Layton! I have seen 5 different doctors and I can honestly say Dr. Miller is the best, he is great at surgery and very knowledgeable he made me feel comfortable and answered any questions I had.” – Ashley on Google+, February 2016

“I just wanted to share how amazing Dr. Ryan Miller is. I saw Dr. Miller in Syracuse for the entire pregnancy of my first son. Throughout my pregnancy, Dr. Miller was super helpful, informative, kind, funny (which is a plus to me) and overall outstanding. He respected all of my requests, answered all my questions, addressed any concerns and made sure I was well. He gave me a lot of informative packets and magazines, and he always called me back when I had a question. He did ultrasounds frequently, which was so fun for me. My delivery was perfect. Dr. Miller arrived right on time and was a great coach while I was in labor, which made my son’s delivery extremely smooth and easy. I felt great, and honestly I felt like my normal self within a week. I would recommend him to anyone and I hope he is still in this area so he can be the doctor for my future children.”   —  Amber, via tannerclinic.com contact form, May 2014

Standard Procedures

The following list is by no means inclusive.

Selected Publications


In the Media

Dr. Miller discusses the risks of preeclampsia for women in “What is Preeclampsia? And How is it Harming Pregnant Women” published by the Standard Examiner on November 17, 2014.

More Information on Your Birth Control Choices

During consultations with his patients on contraceptive methods, Dr. Ryan Miller finds this pamphlet by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists helpful in defining the choices.

Also available for download is a pamphlet titled Implants Injections Rings and Patches: Hormonal Birth Control Options.

Today's Birth-Control Choices Come in All Shapes, Says OB/GYN

For a woman seeking a contraceptive, today’s health-care market offers plenty of choices.

There are short-term birth control avenues such as the pill. Long-term options such as the implant. And a third option that is absolutely permanent.

Dr. Ryan Miller, an OB/GYN at Tanner Clinic Syracuse, said the decision will depend on how a woman sees her future — Is she hoping for a first pregnancy? Or maybe had enough pregnancies?

“A lot of women,” he says, “are surprised at the numerous options that are available.”

The birth-control pill and other short-term methods are acceptable at preventing pregnancy. But the long-term contraceptives such as an implant are more effective. The reason, said Dr. Miller, is that a woman doesn’t have to remember to take a pill every day. Also, he adds, “You have to be compliant with the NuvaRing or the patch, or they can become less effective.”

Dr. Miller provides this rundown of the primary types of contraceptives he consults with patients about:

The pill

“The pill” isn’t just one pill — today, there are hundreds of brand names that fall into different categories and use different mechanisms. But as a group, the birth-control pill remains the No. 1 choice of contraception because it’s short-term and easily reversible.

Although there are multiple hormonal combinations, oral contraceptives work by regulating hormones to stop ovulation — if there’s no ovulation there is no egg.

Dr. Miller added that the pill has other benefits, such as controlling periods, not to mention monthly moods and pain levels. And because it blocks ovulation, the risk of ovarian cysts declines.

If a woman is fed up with monthly periods regulated by the pill, Dr. Miller will recommend a birth control pill that reduces menstrual periods to once every three months. This pill contraceptive, known as Seasonique, must still be taken daily for optimal effectiveness.

NuvaRing — the vaginal ring

NuvaRing is a hormonal contraceptive in the form of a flexible plastic ring inserted in the vagina. It releases a low dose of progestin and estrogen, preventing the ovaries from releasing eggs.

The ring offers protection for three weeks. To have continued pregnancy protection, the woman must insert a new ring one week after the previous one was removed.

The skin patch

The patch is another short-term method, but it doesn’t require a daily pill. This small, beige patch releases estrogen and progestin through your skin for a period of seven days. Over a four-week period, a woman uses one patch per week for three weeks, then no patch for a week. It’s best known by its brand name Ortho Evra.


The intrauterine device is a small, T-shaped device inserted into the uterus. It must be inserted by a physician, usually in an office exam room and without the need for anesthesia. There are two choices for this long-term contraceptive: a 5-year device and a 10-year device.

Dr. Miller said the IUD is “a nice, reversible option for someone who’s not ready to get pregnant for a few years.”

The implant

A small implant is placed under the skin of a woman’s upper arm. Known as Nexplanon or Implanon, the implant is about the size of a matchstick. Dr. Miller said the procedure to insert it is simple — it’s a 5-minute procedure that requires local anesthesia. Removal is done through a small incision that leaves a small 2 to 3 mm scar.

Nexplanon provides a long-term approach to birth control by releasing progesterone over a period of three years. Thereafter, it becomes less effective as the levels of the hormone drop.

Contraception by injection

Depo-Provera is an injection of a hormone (similar to progesterone) into the hip muscle. Each shot provides protection against pregnancy for up to 14 weeks, but the patient must return to the doctor for an injection every three months to remain fully protected.

Dr. Miller said the shot suits those women who don’t want to put up with a daily pill, yet want a longer-term option that is reversible.

Tubal ligation

“Tying your tubes” is basically sterilization for women. In this surgical procedure, the fallopian tubes are tied, cut or sealed. Though meant to be permanent pregnancy control, it can, with difficulty, be reversed.

The real permanent — Essure

Only available for about a decade, this permanent contraceptive works by having a small, spring-like device placed in the fallopian tubes. Over a few weeks, the devices become a natural block, preventing ovulation. Though the procedure is done in-office, Dr. Miller offers the services of an anesthesiologist.

And lest we forget

Men can also practice birth control, said Dr. Miller, but their choices are pretty limited:
› Condoms, or
› Vasectomy