Bow-tie aficionado joins HMH Cancer Care Center

William Porter is a new radiation oncology doctor at Hardin Memorial Health Cancer Care Center.

The Hardin Memorial Health Cancer Care Center has a new doctor on staff specializing in radiation oncology.

William Porter, a native of Louisville, began work locally about three weeks ago. He came to the cancer center from Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, Indiana.

In radiation oncology, Will­iams said patients vary in age. He said that variety is part of what drew him to the field. He said he has treated patients ranging in age from 3 months to 101-years-old.

Williams also said out of all the rotations he had in medical school the radiation oncologists were the happiest positions out of everyone.

“They were the most fulfilled,” he said.

Porter completed a bachelor of science degree in biology at Hampton University in Virginia. He continued his medical education at the University of Kentucky, earning a masters in public health.

Porter then went on to graduate from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. He also served an internship in internal medicine at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, along with a residency in radiation oncology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Most recently, Porter was medical director and radiation oncologist at two hospitals in the region.

When walking the halls at the cancer center, Porter can be spotted wearing a bow tie. His decision to wear bow ties as opposed to neckties stems from his time as a medical student. He said he was wearing a necktie when he leaned over a patient to examine them. He looked down and his tie was resting in a ulcer on the patient’s leg.

“Since then I’ve worn only bow ties. ... People think I wear a bow tie because I am stylish and that is just not the case,” he said with a laugh. “Bow ties are probably one of the most awkward accessories you can wear. I realize that, however I am not going to go without a tie. I choose to wear this.”

When he is not at work, Porter enjoys reading, snowboarding, woodworking and spending time with family. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Graham, 7, and Clara, 2.

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