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Dr. Porshia Underwood named first recipient of the Edward Prince M.D. Endowed Professorship for Obstetrics and Gynecology

September 8, 2023
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Message from the Chair

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Porshia Underwood, as the first recipient of the Edward Prince M.D.  Endowed Professorship for Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Underwood was chosen to receive this honor because of her unwavering commitment to resident education and excellence in teaching. She embodies the qualities and values of Dr. Edward Prince, past Harborview Medical Center chief of service, who was deeply passionate about trainee education and also had an unwavering commitment to improving care for underserved populations. We recognize Dr. Underwood’s significant contribution to Harborview Medical Center’s mission population and to the department’s educational mission.


Dr. Porshia Underwood was recruited to join the Harborview faculty in July 2020. She is a clinical assistant professor, an ABOG fellow, and the Assistant Residency Program Director at the University of Washington (UW) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Underwood is beloved by her patients and her trainees at Harborview Medical Center. Since coming to UW, she has received multiple faculty teaching awards, including a the CREOG National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education, and the internal Exemplary Procedure Award. She is known for her patience, empathy and commitment to underserved populations and for her promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion. 


Dr. Underwood received her BS in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MD from the Brody School of Medicine at Eastern Carolina University. She completed residency at the University of Colorado where she received multiple awards. She held the Stephen C. Green, MD Award, the Ronald S. and Jane Holtz Gibbs Award for the most outstanding research presentation, and awards for excellence in family planning, teaching and as a team player. She was chosen to be an administrative chief and received the resident award from SASGOG. She was a resident reporter for ACOG and SASGOG annual meetings and is currently a member of ACOG, SASGOG, APGO and SGS.


We are extremely grateful to all those who contributed to make the Edward Prince, M.D. Endowed Professorship a reality. Thank you! And congratulations to Dr. Porshia Underwood.


-Barbara Goff, MD, Professor & Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Washington

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