Scholarship Program Makes Student’s Educational Dream Become a Reality

Myisha Z. Porter
Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Christie Clinic

The friendly, smiling face that greets young patients at Christie Clinic’s Pediatrics Department on Windsor Road is Dr. Myisha Porter. A pediatrician, Dr. Porter has known of her passion for medicine since she was eight.

“I’ve wanted to be a physician since second grade. I was very inquisitive as a child and wanted to know how the body worked and why things worked the way they did. Medicine has always been my dream.”

As a member of Christie Clinic’s Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine for the last two years, Dr. Porter specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood illnesses from infancy to young adulthood. She is also a clinical faculty member with the University of Illinois and mentors minority youths in medical school at the U of I through the Urban Health Preceptorship Program.

Dr. Porter grew up in Champaign and was a Christie patient as a child, seeing Dr. Deering when Christie’s Pediatrics Department was still at the downtown location. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Fisk University and her M.D. from Meharry Medical College, both in Nashville. She did her residency at Loyola University Medical Center in General Pediatrics.

Despite knowing her dream and passion, a young Myisha often wondered how she would be able to afford college and medical school to pursue her dream.

“Growing up in a single-parent home, I was very concerned with finding funding for my studies. I was blessed with scholarships – including funds from the Christie Foundation – that made my education, career, and dreams possible.”