• 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 thrives on counseling high school, college and medical school students. Dr. Porterfield was recently inducted into the prestigious Southern Surgical Association. He also is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the 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.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Concurrent Validity Evidence for Entrustable Professional Activities in General Surgery ResidentsJournal of the American College of Surgeons.  234:938-946. 2022
    2022 Mediastinal parathyroidectomy: Utilization of a multidisciplinary, robotic-assisted transthoracic approach in challenging cases 2022
    2022 Outpatient Adrenalectomy: A Framework for Assessment and Institutional ProtocolAnnals of Surgery.  275:E541-E542. 2022
    2022 Comparison of Perioperative Outcomes Between Single-Port and Multi-Port Robotic Adrenalectomy 2022
    2022 Patient Satisfaction is Equivalent for Inpatient and Outpatient Minimally-Invasive AdrenalectomyJournal of Surgical Research.  269:207-211. 2022
    2022 Prevalence, Bias, and Rank List Impact of Illegal Questions in Surgical Specialty Residency InterviewsJournal of Surgical Education.  79:69-76. 2022
    2022 The University of Alabama at Birmingham Surgery Community Network: Tackling the Challenges of Rural Surgery 2022
    2021 Safety of outpatient adrenalectomy across 3 minimally invasive approaches at 2 academic medical centersSurgery.  169:145-149. 2021
    2020 Outpatient robot-assisted adrenalectomy: Is it safe? 2020
    2020 Sleep and stress before and after duty across residency years under 2017 ACGME hours 2020
    2020 The current state of surgeon credentialing in the robotic era 2020
    2020 The Novel Use of Stereotactic Radiotherapy for Remnant Adrenal Tissue in Nelson SyndromeAACE Clinical Case Reports.  6:e33-e36. 2020
    2019 Growing Human Parathyroids in a Microphysiological System: A Novel Approach to Understanding and Developing New Treatments for Hyperparathyroidism 2019
    2019 Is Frozen-Section Analysis During Thyroid Operation Useful in the Era of Molecular Testing?Journal of the American College of Surgeons.  228:474-479. 2019
    2019 Sustaining the momentum: Negative cross-sectional imaging for primary hyperaldosteronism should not preclude endocrine surgical referralSurgery.  165:219-220. 2019
    2018 Burnout is Associated With Emotional Intelligence but not Traditional Job Performance Measurements in Surgical ResidentsJournal of Surgical Education.  75:1171-1179. 2018
    2018 How academically productive are endocrine surgeons in the United States?Journal of Surgical Research.  229:122-126. 2018
    2018 Reducing cost and improving operating room efficiency: examination of surgical instrument processingJournal of Surgical Research.  229:15-19. 2018
    2018 A Predictive Model for a Reputation-Based General Surgery Residency Match and a Novel Online CalculatorJournal of Surgical Education.  75:846-853. 2018
    2018 The effect of poor sleep and occupational demands on driving safety in medical residentsTraffic Injury Prevention.  19:S137-S140. 2018
    2017 An adolescent with large cell calcifying sertoli cell tumor of the testis and undiagnosed Carney Complex: A case reportDiagnostic Cytopathology.  45:634-639. 2017
    2017 Emotional intelligence in surgery is associated with resident job satisfactionJournal of Surgical Research.  209:178-183. 2017
    2017 The Burden of the Fellowship Interview Process on General Surgery Residents and ProgramsJournal of Surgical Education.  74:167-172. 2017
    2015 Simulation and Faculty DevelopmentSurgical Clinics of North America.  95:729-737. 2015
    2015 Ethical opportunities with the perioperative surgical home: Disruptive innovation, patient-centered care, shared decision making, health literacy, and futility of careAnesthesia and Analgesia.  120:1158-1162. 2015
    2015 Intraoperative nerve monitoring and vocal cord paralysis: Controlling bias: In reply to Nguyen and wangJournal of the American College of Surgeons.  220:973-974. 2015
    2015 Pedunculated focal nodular hyperplasia masquerading as perigastric mass identified by EUS-FNAGastrointestinal Endoscopy.  81:238-240. 2015
    2014 Examining national outcomes after thyroidectomy with nerve monitoringJournal of the American College of Surgeons.  219:765-770. 2014
    2014 Management of invasive well-differentiated thyroid cancer: An American head and neck society consensus statement 2014
    2014 Perceptions about blood transfusion: A survey of surgical patients and their anesthesiologists and surgeonsAnesthesia and Analgesia.  118:1301-1308. 2014
    2013 Effects of duty hour restrictions on core competencies, education, quality of life, and burnout among general surgery internsJAMA Surgery.  148:448-455. 2013
    2012 Endoscopic ultrasound-guided gold fiducial marker placement for intraoperative identification of insulinomaEndoscopy.  44:E327-E328. 2012
    2012 Surgical training, duty-hour restrictions, and implications for meeting the accreditation council for graduate medical education core competencies: Views of surgical interns compared with program directorsJAMA Surgery.  147:536-541. 2012
    2012 The perioperative management of patients with coronary artery stents: Surveying the clinical stakeholders and arriving at a consensus regarding optimal care 2012
    2011 Descriptive operative reports: Teaching, learning, and milestones to safe surgeryJournal of Surgical Education.  68:452-458. 2011
    2011 Weak or absent evidence for the association of HLA-DR antigens with risk of thyroid carcinoma: A meta-analysis of observational studiesHLA.  78:382-389. 2011
    2011 Effects of virtual reality simulator training method and observational learning on surgical performanceWorld Journal of Surgery.  35:245-252. 2011
    2010 Ephedra-induced gastric mucosal injuryCase Reports in Gastroenterology.  4:79-83. 2010
    2009 Thoracic metastasectomy for thyroid malignanciesEuropean Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.  36:155-158. 2009
    2009 Operative technique for modified radical neck dissection in papillary thyroid carcinomaJAMA Surgery.  144:567-574. 2009
    2009 Technique of total thyroidectomy for large substernal goitersOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.  20:18-22. 2009
    2008 Reliability of benign fine needle aspiration cytology of large thyroid nodulesSurgery.  144:963-969. 2008
    2008 Evidence-based management of toxic multinodular goiter (Plummer's disease)World Journal of Surgery.  32:1278-1284. 2008
    2008 Safety of laparoscopic adrenalectomy in patients with large pheochromocytomas: A single institution reviewWorld Journal of Surgery.  32:845-846. 2008
    2008 Surgery for Cushing's syndrome: An historical review and recent ten-year experienceWorld Journal of Surgery.  32:659-677. 2008
    2008 Duodenocaval Fistula after Irradiation and Resection of a Retroperitoneal SarcomaJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  12:776-778. 2008
    2003 Assessment of severity of ovine smoke inhalation injury by analysis of computed tomographic scansJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  55:430-436. 2003

    Research Overview

  • surgery education, endocrine surgery, robotic surgery
  • Education And Training

  • Mayo Clinic, Internship
  • Mayo Clinic, Residency
  • Mayo Clinic, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2002
  • Full Name

  • John Porterfield