Brenda E Porter MD, PhD

  • Brenda E Porter
  • "I never give up."

I got into neurology because I was fascinated by how complicated and elegant the nervous system is. After my first pediatric rotation, I knew I wanted to take care of children; they are straightforward and fun to work with.

When seizures are under control, children do better at school and their quality of life is improved. In caring for my patients, I aim for no seizures and no side effects. When a child is seizure-free after having seizures every day for years it is really touching. Teenagers will often bring me their drivers' licenses; one even sent me a picture of him graduating from the police academy. This would not be possible without absolute seizure control.

I think of epilepsy care as a long-term relationship where patient, parents, schools and the medical community all work together. There are no shortcuts for this. A good working relationship is key to having the best outcome possible.

Work and Education

Professional Education

Washington Univ School Of Med, St. Louis, MO, 1995


St Louis Childrens Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 1996


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2000

St Louis Childrens Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 1997


The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2002

Board Certifications

Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Neurology - Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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