• 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
    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? 2019
    2019 Sleep and stress before and after duty across residency years under 2017 ACGME hours 2019
    2019 Sustaining the momentum: Negative cross-sectional imaging for primary hyperaldosteronism should not preclude endocrine surgical referral 2019
    2018 Burnout is Associated With Emotional Intelligence but not Traditional Job Performance Measurements in Surgical Residents 2018
    2018 How academically productive are endocrine surgeons in the United States? 2018
    2018 Reducing cost and improving operating room efficiency: examination of surgical instrument processing 2018
    2018 A Predictive Model for a Reputation-Based General Surgery Residency Match and a Novel Online Calculator 2018
    2018 The effect of poor sleep and occupational demands on driving safety in medical residents 2018
    2017 An adolescent with large cell calcifying sertoli cell tumor of the testis and undiagnosed Carney Complex: A case report 2017
    2017 Emotional intelligence in surgery is associated with resident job satisfaction 2017
    2017 The Burden of the Fellowship Interview Process on General Surgery Residents and Programs 2017
    2015 Ethical opportunities with the perioperative surgical home: Disruptive innovation, patient-centered care, shared decision making, health literacy, and futility of care 2015
    2015 Intraoperative nerve monitoring and vocal cord paralysis: Controlling bias: In reply to Nguyen and wang 2015
    2015 Pedunculated focal nodular hyperplasia masquerading as perigastric mass identified by EUS-FNA 2015
    2015 Simulation and Faculty Development 2015
    2014 Examining national outcomes after thyroidectomy with nerve monitoring 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 surgeons 2014
    2013 Effects of duty hour restrictions on core competencies, education, quality of life, and burnout among general surgery interns 2013
    2012 Endoscopic ultrasound-guided gold fiducial marker placement for intraoperative identification of insulinoma 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 directors 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 surgery 2011
    2011 Weak or absent evidence for the association of HLA-DR antigens with risk of thyroid carcinoma: A meta-analysis of observational studies 2011
    2011 Effects of virtual reality simulator training method and observational learning on surgical performance 2011
    2010 Ephedra-induced gastric mucosal injury 2010
    2009 Thoracic metastasectomy for thyroid malignancies 2009
    2009 Operative technique for modified radical neck dissection in papillary thyroid carcinoma 2009
    2009 Technique of total thyroidectomy for large substernal goiters 2009
    2008 Reliability of benign fine needle aspiration cytology of large thyroid nodules 2008
    2008 Evidence-based management of toxic multinodular goiter (Plummer's disease) 2008
    2008 Safety of laparoscopic adrenalectomy in patients with large pheochromocytomas: A single institution review 2008
    2008 Surgery for Cushing's syndrome: An historical review and recent ten-year experience 2008
    2008 Duodenocaval Fistula after Irradiation and Resection of a Retroperitoneal Sarcoma 2008
    2003 Assessment of severity of ovine smoke inhalation injury by analysis of computed tomographic scans 2003

    Research Overview

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

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2002
  • Mayo Clinic, Internship 2003
  • Mayo Clinic, Residency 2007
  • Mayo Clinic, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2008
  • Full Name

  • John Porterfield