The daughter of a microbiology and immunology professor, Verna R. Porter, MD has always been interested in learning about human behavior, cognition, and memory. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from the University of California in 1990 and a Doctor of Medicine from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 1994. In 2000, she became certified as a diplomate by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In 2012, she became certified in behavioral neuro-behavior and neuro-psychiatry through the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. Dr. Porter currently
serves as a clinical professor of neurology at the University of California and as the director of clinical programs at the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA. Previously, she was chief of the division of neurology at the UCLA Medical Center from 2002 to 2015. Throughout her prolific career, Dr. Porter has conducted research in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and she has taught and led several courses at the university level. She has also contributed many articles to peer-reviewed professional journals in her field.
Civically, Dr. Porter has served as a board member of the neuro-behavior sub section of the American Academy of Neurology. She has also been an advocate for children’s educational activities and organizations throughout her community. As an accomplished professional, Dr. Porter has received many accolades. She is most proud of becoming a fellow of the American Neurological Association, which recognizes distinguished academic achievement and research. She was also selected among The Leading Physicians of the World, a subsidiary of the International Association of Healthcare Professionals which is made up of more than 100 medical societies.
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