Deborah Porterfield

Public Health Researcher


  • MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MD, University of California, School of Medicine, San Francisco
  • BA (magna cum laude), Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges.

Deborah Porterfield, MD, MPH, is a trained internist and preventive medicine physician with clinical experience in primary care practice in community health centers and six years of public health practice at a state health department. While in public health practice, she led or participated in a number of research and evaluation projects, including evaluation of a community-based diabetes prevention and control project, evaluation of a quality improvement initiative for primary care practices, assessment of local public health department performance in diabetes prevention and control, and a study of quality of care for uninsured patients with diabetes. Key areas of expertise include chronic disease control, particularly diabetes and cancer; chronic disease epidemiology; quality improvement; and performance measurement in public health practice.