Robert  W.  Porter, MD, FAANS(L)
Senior: 1987

ROBERT WILLIS PORTER was born on December 18, 1926 in San Diego, California, the son of Dr. Ernest and Catharine Porter. He is a graduate of Northwestern University for both undergraduate and medical studies (B.S., 1946; M.S., 1948 and M.D., 1950). He took a rotating internship at the Los Angeles County General Hospital, following which he was a Fellow in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles, under the preceptorship of Dr. H. W. Magoun. He earned a Ph.D. degree in 1952 (Northwestern University). Residency training in neurological surgery was taken under Dr. John D. French at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach (1952-55). He then spent two years in the U.S. Army at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research performing neurosurgical investigations.

In 1958 he returned to Long Beach as Chief of the Neurosurgical Service and Director of Research at the VA Hospital. He was appointed to the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine in both anatomy and neurological surgery. He was also a founding member of the Brain Research Institute. In 1963 he spent the year as a lecturer and visiting neurosurgeon in the Department of Surgical Neurology at the University of Edinburgh with Professor John Gillingham. The year was spent developing clinical and research techniques in stereotactic neurosurgery. In 1969 he was appointed Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. He is currently Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Porter’s major research interests have been the integration of central autonomic function and the interrelationships between the brain stem and abnormal visceral function. His clinical neurosurgical interests have been in spinal cord injury and functional stereotaxy. He lists 120 publications in his bibliography.

Dr. Porter is a member of the AMA, ACS, AANS, AAcNS, Research Society of Neurological Surgeons, Western Neurosurgical Society (President, 1971), California Association of Neurological Surgeons, Southern California Neurosurgical Society (President, 1967), American Physiological Society and the American Association of Anatomists.

In 1968 he married Aubrey Dean Mason. They have one son, Tony, and two grandchildren.

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