Thomas Porter, M.D.: The University of Nebraska's 2013 ORCA winner

by Kalani Simpson, UNMC public relations | April 24, 2013

Image with caption: Thomas Porter, M.D., is a 2013 honoree of the University of Nebraska's Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award.

Thomas Porter, M.D., is a 2013 honoree of the University of Nebraska's Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award.

Thomas Porter, M.D., Hubbard Chair of Cardiology and professor of internal medicine, is a 2013 honoree of the University of Nebraska's Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award.

Dr. Porter has developed a number of innovative approaches to cardiac ultrasound, to the extent that it is no longer considered just a diagnostic test but a means to deliver therapeutic interventions.

He's now moving toward using this technology to noninvasively break up clots and to deliver agents to the vascular endothelium more directly.

Meet 2013 ORCA winner Thomas Porter, M.D.

He is widely recognized as a national leader in cardiac ultrasound, and three companies are currently working to bring his breakthroughs to market.

Below, Dr. Porter talks about his approach to research:

What motivates you in your research?
The hope that we may be able one day to use ultrasound to treat patients with life-threatening cardiovascular conditions (stroke, heart attack, acute arterial or venous thrombi or emboli).

What is your life goal?
In medicine, it would be to improve the quality of care we give our patients, mainly by improving the timeliness with which initial care is given. Early timing of treatment in acute conditions (like stroke, myocardial infarction), combined with rapid rehabilitation and patient education, can save lives and dramatically improve quality of life, while simultaneously reducing costs!

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Deborah Olson
April 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Congratulations on a very well deserved award and recognition. Your work with microbubbles is simply amazing!! The continued dedication for quality of care you give patients is incredible. Thanks for all you do in research and all the ways you continue to improve healthcare at UNMC.

Amy Steinauer
April 24, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Congrats Dr. Porter on a well deserved award!

Michael huckabee
April 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Congratulations, Tom, and thanks for making such a difference in the lives of patients.

Juefei Wu
April 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Congrats!!!

Stacey Therrien
April 24, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Congratulations again Tom! You are so deserving of this honor and recognition!!!