Team profiles

Professor Sir Keith Porter

Professor Sir Keith Porter

Professor of Clinical Traumatology
Clinical Service Lead for Trauma Services
Interim Chair of NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham


St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, 1974
Professor of Clinical Traumatology, 2005
Knight Bachelor, 2011

Current work

Professor Porter is Clinical Service Lead for Trauma Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, one of the leading trauma centres in the UK.

He leads a team of 10 military and civilian trauma consultants treating seriously injured patients at the QEHB. This includes all military patients evacuated from operational areas for treatment for trauma injuries.

The world-class trauma services at QEHB are the product of decades of development across the city, including at the now-closed Birmingham Accident Hospital and Selly Oak Hospitals.

As well as treating military trauma patients, the hospital treats more than 400 major trauma patients every year and has developed new techniques and systems for treating such patients.

Professor Sir Keith Porter’s team plays a major role in the work of the NIHR SRMRC, working closely with researchers to gather data and also instigating their own research programmes based on their experience.

The trauma service works closely with the QEHB’s burns centre – one of only four top-level burns facilities in England – as well as the hospital’s highly regarded maxillo-facial and neurosurgical centres.


Professor Porter qualified from St Thomas’ Hospital in London in the 1974 before being jointly appointed at the Birmingham Accident Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital in April 1986. He was awarded a professorship by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), the University of Birmingham and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in 2005.

His interests include trauma care, diaphysealDiaphyseal refers to the shaft of the body's long bones, such as the femur (thigh) and humerus (upper arm) bones. and intra-articular fractures, sports injuries, fracture non-unions, trauma reconstruction, knee surgery and surgery for tendonopathyTendinopathy is a disease of the tendons, which connect muscles to bones..

He remains the UK’s only Professor of Clinical Traumatology and has been at the forefront of developing world-class treatment for injured military servicemen and women over the past 10 years. He is also the chair of annual International Trauma Conference.

Professor Porter was knighted in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List for services to the Armed Forces.

Professor Sir Keith Porter’s publications