As a young man growing up in Provo, Utah, Dr. Bradley Porter was first introduced to the practice of oral surgery during a visit to his best friend’s uncle. He says, “After observing his practice, I knew it was what I wanted to do.” His determination to become an oral surgeon remained with him through his undergraduate years at Brigham Young University and helped him excel in his studies at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, where he was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society. He remained at the University of Iowa to complete his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Porter and his wife Jan were married in 1980. They have five children and several grandchildren. Their family has enjoyed traveling together to Hawaii, Ireland, and Australia. Dr. Porter is also an accomplished athlete, having completed numerous Ironman triathlons, including the World Championship in Hawaii as well as the Boston Marathon. He also enjoys mountaineering and has climbed some of the tallest mountains in the world.
He received his Eagle Scout award as a youth, and after serving in adult leadership positions for over 20 years was awarded the silver beaver.
As part of his philanthropic work, Dr. Porter has been on 13 dental mission to Central America and has provided over 8 years of service to the homeless in a dental clinic in downtown phoenix.
Why I do what I do?
Dr. Porter explains, “I love oral surgery because of the variety of procedures I am able to perform from minor surgical procedures to major reconstructive cases. I get a lot of satisfaction from changing patients’ lives for the better.”
Dr. Porter has held Board Certification since 1993 through the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. For him, “Oral surgery is not just a job — I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than being an oral surgeon.” Even at home he has been called upon to stitch up cuts for the neighborhood children. Once, he came to the rescue of a neighbor’s dog that had been hit by a car. He says, “People trust me and know I have their best interests at heart.”
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