Kathleen Porder, MD

Department: Ambulatory Care



Dr. Porder is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Ambulatory Care which includes the pediatric ambulatory care clinics at both the NYC Health+ Hospitals Jacobi and North Central Bronx sites. She is also the Medical Director of the Children's Health Service at Jacobi. The outpatient services which are NCQA certified Patient Centered Medical Homes have 35,000 primary care and 10,000 specialty care visits per year providing care for 20,000 unique patients and employing a staff of close to 100 people at both sites. In addition to our own pediatric residents the clinic is a training site for medical students from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, nurse practitioner students and pediatric dental residents. The clinic also supports a number of novel clinical services including a Family Weight Management program, Behavior Clinic, Mother/Baby program, Lead Poisoning program, Community Health Worker Program, and Healthy Steps program. Dr. Porder has an interest in immigrant health, mental health, lead poisoning prevention, health disparities in childhood, telemedicine and health informatics, and autism spectrum disorder. Both Jacobi and North Central Bronx Hospitals are partners with Montefiore Medical Center in the Integrated Care for Kids grant (InCK) which was awarded to the NYS DOH to develop an alternate payment model for pediatrics including an innovative team-based model for the care of children with chronic medical illnesses and/or serious social concerns. Current quality improvement projects include the development of a robust Community Health Worker program for families with young children, Healthy Steps program implementation, and initiating a tablet-based screening program for social determinants of health, development and mental illness.

Education & Training

Undergraduate School:
Bennington College

Medical School:
New York Medical College


  • Internship and Residency: Montefiore Hospital/Jacobi Medical Center
  • Chief Residency: New York Medical College-Westchester CountyMedical Center
  • Fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics Fellowship: New York University

Honors & Awards

  • CDC/American Cancer Society HPV is Cancer Prevention Champion for HHS District 2 
  • NYC Health and Hospital Corporation award for leadership and commitment to advancing the mission of pulic hospital system
  • Jacobi Medical Center Annual Physician Honoree
  • Bronx County Annual Physician Honoree


Abstracts (recent)

  • Characteristics of Children with Elevated Blood Lead Level (BLL) in a Diverse Urban Population. J. Thomas, K. Porder, S. Aviles Poster Presentation-Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) May 2020
  • Characteristics of Children with Elevated Blood Lead Level (BLL) in a Diverse Urban Population. J. Thomas, K. Porder, S. Aviles. Abstract Presentation-Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Scientific Meeting May 2020
  • Too much of a good thing: How instant access to answers interferes with residents learning vaccines. Sindu Lakkunrajah, Talia Roth, Kirsten Roberts, Kathleen Porder, T.B. Stevens, Melanie Fijas. Abstract Presentation-Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Scientific Meeting, Baltimore, MD May 2019
  • Bringing Quality Improvement (QI) methodology to front line staff-Improving the process for Inherited Metabolic Disease Screening (IMDS) by engaging nurses. E. Wiley, D. Elliott, S. Aviles, M. Baxter-Williams, A. Shtern, T. Stevens, A. Chang, K. Porder, Y. Malhotra-Abstract Presentation-Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) April 2019, Baltimore, MD
  • Are there Universal Parenting Concepts among Culturally Diverse Families in an Inner-city Pediatric Clinic? Mimi McEvoy, Connie Lee, Allison O'Neill, Adriana Groisman, Kirsten Roberts-Butelman, Kishwar Dhingra, Kathleen Porder Journal: Journal of Pediatric Health Care - J Pediatric Health Care, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 142-150, 2005


Integrated Care of Kids (InCK) grant (02/2020-02/2027): CMS demonstration grant awarded to NYS DOH/Montefiore Medical Center to develop an alternate payment model for providing care to children with complex medical & social needs.

Health Steps implementation grant: (2021) awarded to Jacobi & NCB for Healthy Steps program implementation

Scaling and Sustaining Healthy Steps for Community-Based Pediatric Care: (2022-25) NYS grant in partnership with Montefiore Medical Center and Healthfirst Insurance Company to develop a demonstration model for a sustainable payment mechanism for Healthy Steps