Cincinnati Children’s Names New Director of Emergency Medicine

Monday, May 02, 2016

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has named Stephen Porter, MD, MPH, MSc, as the new director of the Division of Emergency Medicine effective June 1, 2016.

Dr. Porter grew up in Terrace Park, attending the Mariemont schools and then Summit Country Day. As a high school senior, he applied for and was accepted to Washington University’s Scholars Program in Medicine. He graduated from the program with a double major in biology and English literature.

Dr. Porter received his medical degree from the UC college of Medicine (1993), his Master of Public Health in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health, and his Master of Science in Human Factors/Information Design from the McCallum School of Business at Bentley University in Massachusetts.

He completed his residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and his fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Children’s. He served on the faculty at Harvard for 15 years until 2010. That same year, he was hired to direct the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

“Dr. Porter is nationally known for his expertise in pediatric emergency medicine and his pioneering use of patient-facing informatics to improve patient care,” said Margaret Hostetter, MD, chair of pediatrics, chief medical officer and director of the Research Foundation at Cincinnati Children’s. “He brings the powerful combination of being an accomplished scientist and a deeply compassionate caregiver to this important role.”

“As a native son, I’ve always kept my eye on Cincinnati Children’s,” said Porter. “Even from hundreds of miles away, the excellence has been very clear – the spirit of collaboration, improvement and clinical expertise. I’m excited to have the chance to work with people who are passionate about doing their very best for kids.”

Porter succeeds Richard Ruddy, MD, who spent 24 years as the head of Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s. Ruddy is now medical director at Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus. Joseph Luria, MD, served as interim division director of Emergency Medicine while the search for Ruddy’s successor was conducted.

About Cincinnati Children’s

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Children’s Hospitals. It is also ranked in the top 10 for all 10 pediatric specialties. Cincinnati Children’s, a non-profit organization, is one of the top three recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health, and a research and teaching affiliate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The medical center is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation. Additional information can be found at Connect on the Cincinnati Children’s blog, via Facebook and on Twitter.

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