Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Porter, a 2019 VCU Alumni Star honoree.

Dr. Thomas Porter

Dr. Thomas Porter

The university-level award, given biennially by the VCU Office of Alumni Relations, recognizes outstanding alumni for their career and humanitarian achievements. Sixteen honorees were selected through faculty recommendations and alumni committees from across the university.

Porter, a former resident and cardiology fellow at the Medical College of Virginia, is the Theodore F. Hubbard Distinguished Chair of Cardiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has spent many years studying the efficacy of microscopic bubbles, known as microbubbles, combined with ultrasound imaging to break up blood clots. Interest in this work began in 1990 at VCU. At that time, he explored using tiny bubbles as an ultrasound-enhancing agent for imaging, work that he continued when he joined the faculty of UNMC in 1992.

Porter was in good company, sharing the spotlight with honorees Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., founder of Press Ganey Associates, and Dr. Ali Khan, VCU School of Medicine graduate and member of Doctors for America, American College of Physicians and Physicians for Human Rights, along with thirteen others.

Alumni Star recipients were honored Nov. 7, 2019, at the Science Museum of Virginia.

Read more about Porter in the Autumn 2019 issue of The Beat. For more information about the 2019 Alumni Stars, visit