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Campus Address KB 417 Zip 0016
Phone  (205) 934-9086
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Medical School  University of Alabama School of Medicine    2002  MD 
Graduate  University of Alabama at Birmingham    2002  MSEP 
Graduate  Mayo Clinic    2003  General Surgery 
Residency  Mayo Clinic    2007  General Surgery 
Fellowship  Mayo Clinic    2008  Endocrine Surgery 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor
Primary  Surgery - General Surgery  Surgery - Gen Surg Gastrointestinal Section Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. John R. Porterfield joined the UAB Department of Surgery in 2008, coming to us from the Mayo Clinic. He has since achieved Associate Professorship and additionally serves as our General Surgeyr Residency Program Director. A skilled instructor, with a gift for teaching, he has won numerous awards including UAB Faculty Teacher of the Year Award, UAB Department of Surgery from 2009-2011. He is a dedicated mentor to a group of UAB student researchers. Dr. Porterfield is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Association of Program Directors in Surgery where he is currently serving as a board member. Dr. Porterfield speaks nationally and internationally. He has authored 5 book chapters and contributed to 21 journal articles. His major research interest focuses on the refinement of clinical and biochemical diagnosis, imaging and treatment of disorders of the pancreas, adrenal, thyroid, and parathyroid glands. He also has an education research interest focus, studying the changing paradigms in teaching resident surgeons in the era of advanced minimally invasive surgery, limited work hours and future technique and procedure credentialing.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Association of Endocrine Surgeons   Fellowship Committee   
Southeastern Surgical Congress  Gold Medal Forum Committee   
Southeastern Surgical Association  CME Committee Member   
Association of Program Directors in Surgery  Board Member   

Research/Clinical Interest
The refinement of clinical and boichemical diagnosis, imaging and treatment of disorders of the pancreas, adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Porterfield JR, Cassivi SD, Wigle DA, Shen KR, Nichols FC, Grant CS, Allen MS,
Deschamps C. Thoracic metastasectomy for thyroid malignancies. Eur J Cardiothorac
Surg. 2009 Jul;36(1):155-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2008.12.055. Review. 
Lillegard JB, Porterfield Jr JR. Ephedra-Induced Gastric Mucosal Injury. Case
Rep Gastroenterol. 2010 Feb 27;4(1):79-83. 
Porterfield JR Jr, Altom LK, Graham LA, Gray SH, Urist MM, Hawn MT.
Descriptive operative reports: teaching, learning, and milestones to safe
surgery. J Surg Educ. 2011 Nov-Dec;68(6):452-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2011.06.015.
PubMed PMID:  
Vetter TR, Boudreaux AM, Papapietro SE, Smith PW, Taylor BB, Porterfield JR
Jr. The perioperative management of patients with coronary artery stents:
surveying the clinical stakeholders and arriving at a consensus regarding optimal
care. Am J Surg. 2012 Oct;204(4):453-461.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2012.02.012. pub 2012 May 21. 
Antiel RM, Reed DA, Van Arendonk KJ, Wightman SC, Hall DE, Porterfield JR,
Horvath KD, Terhune KP, Tarpley JL, Farley DR. Effects of duty hour restrictions
on core competencies, education, quality of life, and burnout among general
surgery interns. JAMA Surg. 2013 May;148(5):448-55.  

Pancreas, General Surgery Residency, adrenal, thyroid, parathyroid.