About Sickkids
About SickKids

Stephen C. Porter, MD, MPH, MSc

The Hospital for Sick Children

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Paediatrics


Phone: 416-813-5810
Fax: 416-813-5043
e-mail: stephen.porter@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Porter began his tenure as Division Head for Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in September 2010. 

Dr. Porter graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with University Honors as a double major in Biology and English Literature.  In 1993, he received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and at graduation was awarded the Carl Weihl prize for promise in Pediatrics.  After training in general pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he moved on to Children’s Hospital Boston where he completed subspecialty training in pediatric emergency medicine as well as a health services research fellowship.  As a fellow, Dr. Porter was the first recipient of the Ludwig-Seidel award from the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association for excellence in research in pediatric emergency medicine.  He stayed on as faculty in Boston, and focused his research agenda on the emerging field of clinical informatics with grant support from the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research.  

Over the past decade, Dr. Porter has pursued a patient-centered focus to his clinical research, asking how parents’ knowledge about their children could benefit clinical decisions and clinical care in emergency medicine. He has designed and evaluated parent-driven information solutions in an effort to understand their impact on quality and safety outcomes for clinical care.  His research interests include the topics of health literacy, health communication, human factors and information design, evaluation of information systems, workflow and task analysis, and system-level improvement.