The Institute for Surgical Excellence Appoints Dr. John Porterfield of University of Alabama

Washington, D.C. –The Institute for Surgical Excellence (ISE) today announce that John Porterfield, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will be joining the organization’s board of directors as it continues to expand its groundbreaking surgical training and education programs. Porterfield shares ISE’s mission to equip surgeons of all disciplines with the skills needed to apply cutting edge technologies and provide their patients with the best level of care, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Porterfield join us as we continue to our work in promoting surgical excellence in all disciplines,” said Martin Martino, ISE Board of Directors, “Innovations in surgery are continuing to create countless opportunities for both surgeons and patients, and Dr. Porterfield’s commitment to improving the quality and standards of surgical training and better outcomes is widely recognized and will be an invaluable component to the ISE leadership.”

Dr. John R. Porterfield joined the UAB Department of Surgery in 2008, returning to Alabama, his home state, after training at the Mayo Clinic. He has since achieved associate professorship and additionally serves as director of the General Surgery Residency Program. A skilled instructor, with a gift for teaching, he has won numerous awards including several UAB Faculty Teacher of the Year awards. He is a dedicated mentor to a group of UAB student researchers and was recently inducted into the prestigious Southern Surgical Association.

Dr. Porterfield is also is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Association of Association of Program Directors in Surgery where he is currently serving as a board member and he also serves on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Resident Education. Dr. Porterfield speaks nationally and internationally regarding his expertise in surgical education, endocrine, and robotic surgery. He has authored five book chapters and contributed to 30 journal articles.

About the Institute for Surgical Excellence:

The Institute for Surgical Excellence (ISE) is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit organization dedicated to improving surgical care and patient outcomes. ISE’s mission is to support the implementation of safer solutions to complex surgical interventions, often involving the application of emerging technologies. ISE utilizes a systems-based approach to bring together key stakeholders to identify issues, set clearly defined goals, facilitate collaboration, assess and fill gaps, and better inform health care consumers.

About the Robotic Training Network:

The vision of the Robotics Training Network (RTN) is to standardize the robotic surgical curriculum and education for residents/fellows-in-training (OBGYN and SURGERY) through the development of a collaborative network. This network is led by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons who are also Fellows in the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology (FACOG) representing nine founding members from leading academic institutions in the United States.

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