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SEATTLE, Wash. - (Oct. 24, 2007) - Virginia Mason Medical Center recently promoted Christopher Porter, MD, to the position of medical director of Clinical Research.

Dr. Porter attended medical school at the Rush University College of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his residency at Brown University in Rhode Island and at Cambridge University in England. He also completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and at Cornell University, both in New York.

Dr. Porter brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the new role. In addition to his current position at Virginia Mason, he has also served as an assistant professor of Urology at the University of Stony Brook in New York, the chief of urology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and was a clinical instructor at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He has been an integral part of several research studies, published numerous articles and won many awards for contributions to his field.

Dr. Porter was instrumental in collaborating with the Department of Defense to establish Virginia Mason as the only civilian site to work with the Centers of Prostate Disease Research for prostate cancer research. He also collaborated on and obtained grants through the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Porter's vision for his new role is to coordinate clinical research at Virginia Mason with the Benaroya Research Institute so that investigators in both centers can enjoy the vast expertise of each institution and, as a result, benefit patient care.

Dr. Porter will be working closely with Cheryl Weaver, administrative director of Clinical Research, and the BRI leadership team in this new role.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

Katie Birge
Media Coordinator
(206) 341-1536

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