Mr Porter obtained his medical degree from Oxford University and worked as a Junior Doctor at Bart's, Royal Marsden and Royal National Throat Nose and ear hospital. He has also spent six months as a lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He undertook his senior registrar training in Bristol and Southwest region and was awarded his MD following research into nasal physiology. He also has spent a year as a fellow in Head and Neck Surgery in Auckland, New Zealand. He has been a consultant since 1997.