Dr. Porzig graduated from Stanford with departmental honors in Biology and election to Phi Beta Kappa in 1969. He received his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1973, earning several graduation awards including election to Alpha Omega Alpha. Following an internship at UCSF, he returned to Stanford for his residency in Internal Medicine and a clinical fellowship in Medical Oncology.
From 1976-78, Dr. Porzig served as a Research Fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda in the laboratory of Dr. Stuart Aaronson. He co-founded South Bay Medical Oncology in 1978 (now aligned with Stanford Hospital & Clinics) and retired from private practice in 2006. On the clinical faculty at Stanford for 30 years, Dr. Porzig served as a faculty attending on the Med X Oncology Service at Stanford Hospital and in the Breast Oncology program at the Stanford Cancer Center. He was awarded the Russell Lee Clinical Teaching Award by the Stanford Department of Medicine four times and the Thomas Davis Award for excellence in clinical teaching by the Division of Oncology for his work mentoring fellows, interns, and residents.
A Clinical Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Dr. Porzig retired from patient care and teaching in 2008. He and his wife Ellen married while Stanford students in 1971 and have three daughters. He enjoys hiking and nature photography, and has traveled widely from Tibet to Antarctica to Namibia.