GHS surgeon selected as director-elect of American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Scott E. Porter, MD, MBA, FACS, an orthopaedic oncologist at Greenville Health System, has been elected as director-elect of the nation’s leading standard-setter for orthopaedic surgeons, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

“The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery has been at the forefront of ensuring consistent, high-quality care to our nation’s orthopaedic surgery patients for nearly 75 years,” said Porter. “It is an absolute joy and honor to serve our community alongside 20 of the best orthopaedic surgeons our country has to offer. I’m thrilled to be part of this legacy.”

Porter, considered one of the nation’s top orthopaedic oncologists, earned his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Carolinas Medical Center and a musculoskeletal oncology fellowship at the University of Chicago. He also earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Porter specializes in tumors of the bone and soft tissue. He is also clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of South Carolina and adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering at Clemson University.

Porter was recently named vice president of GHS Organizational Equity, making him a senior physician leader at GHS, which is one of the most clinically integrated health care systems in the country. Porter will continue to practice medicine while serving in this physician leadership role at GHS.

“We’re proud of Dr. Porter’s contributions to medicine on both the national stage and here with our own patients and as a faculty member to future physicians at the med school,” said Spence Taylor, MD, the president of GHS and himself a vascular surgeon. “His work with ABSO is a professional pinnacle through which he will help set the quality bar for orthopaedic surgeons in the U.S. We can already see how his work – and the work of other extraordinary physicians at GHS – is transforming medicine here and nationwide.”

The ABOS Board of Directors consists of 21 members, which includes 12 active directors, six senior directors, two directors-elect and one public member director. Nominations to the ABOS Board of Directors come from the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Medical Association. Each organization nominates four physicians two out of every three years and the ABOS Board votes for one candidate from each nominee slate. Officers are current board members elected by other board members.

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. was founded in 1934 as a private, voluntary, nonprofit, independent organization to serve the best interests of the public and the medical profession. These interests are achieved through the ABOS by establishing standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. These standards are evaluated by the ABOS through examinations and practice evaluations. More information can be found at

Greenville Health System (GHS) — an academic health system that is the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in South Carolina — is committed to medical excellence through research, patient care and education. GHS offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services throughout the Upstate. The 1,358-bed system is home to 15 medical residency and fellowship programs. GHS is also home to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, a joint effort of USC and GHS. Visit for more information.


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