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14 June 2014
 June 14, 2014
Category: Featured Articles


Rod Muller, Catalina Island Medical Center’s incoming Chairman of the AMDC Board first visited Catalina Island 65 years ago as a young YMCA camper at Long Point.

He “fell in love with the island then” never dreaming it someday would be his home. After growing up in Riverside, California and graduating from Riverside Poly High School, Muller attended Northwestern University in Chicago and California Western University graduating with a B.A degree. He continued his education at St Louis University School of Dentistry and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Then Muller served as a dentist in the United States Public Service where He was stationed at Marine Hospital in Staten Island, New York. After leaving New York he was assigned to be the dental officer in charge of the USPHS outpatient clinic in San Juan,

Puerto Rico. Muller returned to the states and went on to live again in Riverside, where he practiced dentistry for 40 years. Muller and his wife Sue purchased a home in Avalon in July of 1987. Wanting to become a part of the community he was fortunate enough to practice dentistry with Dr. Benny Calise treating patients in Avalon on Friday mornings for 12 years. After retiring from dentistry and having his wife Sue retire from teaching, the Mullers moved full time to Avalon in 2005.

Muller is active in the Catalina Island Men’s Golf Club and was appointed to the AMDC Board in 2010. One of Muller’s goals for CIMC is to work toward maintaining the financial stability the hospital has achieved. Additionally under his leadership the AMDC Board will continue to promote quality of service and stress the importance of patient satisfaction. Muller feels a strong “need to prioritize the long-term goals for the hospital, especially determining the course we need regarding federal and state mandated earthquake compliance by 2030.” He looks forward to working with other board members and the community regarding “whether a new hospital should be built, how to retrofit the current hospital or a combination of both.”  Muller said “it is imperative to determine which pathway is the best for the future of the people of Avalon.” Muller brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to his new role of Chairman of the AMDC Board. He commented, “It is my honor to be chairman and work with CIMC. I promise to work hard to achieve these goals.”