Thomas R. Porter

Thomas R. PorterProfessor
M.D., 1984, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Major Interest: Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Specialty: Echocardiography 
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Thomas R. Porter is a Professor of Medicine, Courtesy Professor of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Radiology, and Pediatric Cardiology, and the Theodore F. Hubbard, MD Distinguished Chair of Cardiology in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he serves as Director of Echocardiography Laboratory.  Dr. Porter received his Bachelor of Science from The University of Nebraska Lincoln and Medical Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  He completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship training at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.  He has also become level III trained in Cardiac Magnetic  Resonance Imaging and Cardiac Computed Tomography, and is Board Certified in Cardiac Computed Tomography.

Dr. Porter has made significant innovative contributions to Cardiovascular imaging by utilizing ultrasound contrast for myocardial perfusion imaging in both pediatric and adult patients.  As well, finding therapeutic applications of ultrasound contrast agents (microbubbles) for the acute treatment of stroke, acute coronary syndromes, and catheter-related thrombi.  Dr. Porter is extremely active in research and continues to receive funding for national research grants which number over 50.  He has authored over 170 peer reviewed manuscripts, over 100 abstracts, and holds 18 patents for his work with microbubbles.

Dr. Porter has received many honors and awards during his career.  He was selected for Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa, and is a Chancellor Scholar at UNMC.  Since 1997, he has annually received the UNMC "Top Teacher" award in internal medicine.  In addition to his dedication to research, teaching, and patient care, Dr. Porter has trained several students and residents, and continues to mentor several young doctors to help them develop successful careers that combine research, education and excellent patient care.

 Scientific picture

Recent publications:

  1. Mathias W Jr, Tsutsui JM, Tavares BG, Xie F, Aguiar MO, Garcia DR, Oliveira MT Jr, Soeiro A, Nicolau JC, Lemos PA Neto, Rochitte CE, Ramires JA, Kalil R Filho, Porter TR.  Diagnostic Ultrasound Impulses Improve Microvascular Flow in Patients With STEMI Receiving Intravenous Microbubbles.  J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 May 31; 67(21):2506-2515.   PMID: 27230046
  2. Roos ST, Juffermans LJ, van Royen N, van Rossum AC, Xie F, Appelman Y, Porter TR, Kamp O.  Unexpected High Incidence of Coronary Vasoconstriction in the Reduction of Microvascular Injury Using Sonolysis (ROMIUS) Trial.  Ultrasound Med Biol. 2016 May 5. pii: S0301-5629(16)30008-4. PMID: 27160847
  3. Porter TR, Radio S, Lof J, Everbach C, Powers JE, Vignon F, Shi WT, Xie F. Diagnostic UltrasoundHigh Mechanical Index Impulses Restore Microvascular Flow in Peripheral Arterial Thromboembolism. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2016 Jul;42(7):1531-40. PMID: 27083977
  4. Kutty S, Xiao Y, Olson J, Xie F, Danford DA, Erickson CC, Porter TR.  Safety and Efficacy of Cardiac Ultrasound Contrast in Children and Adolescents for Resting and Stress Echocardiography.  J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2016 Apr 1. pii: S0894-7317(16)00167-X.   PMID: 27049664.
  5. Shillcutt SK, Ringenberg KJ, Chacon MM, Brakke TR, Montzingo CR, Lyden ER, Schulte TE, Porter TR, Lisco SJ. Liver Transplantation: Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography Findings and Relationship to Major Postoperative Adverse Cardiac Events. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2016 Jan;30(1):107-14. PMID: 26847749