Dr. Poreda has been involved in prehospital care for over 20 years, beginning in the volunteer fire service and as a professional EMT. This experience changed his career, as he switched from Computer Science to Medicine. He completed his Computer Science degree and immediately began his post-baccalaureate training at Univ Buffalo. During this time, Dr. Poreda continued his firefighting education at the NYS Fire Academy in Montour Falls NY, becoming a Nationally Certified Firefighter II; he is certified in various technical rescue disciplines as well, including Swift Water, Ice, Confined Space, and High Angle Rope Rescue.
Dr. Poreda completed medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY. He stayed in Syracuse where he completed his residency in Emergency Medicine. While in residency, Dr Poreda authored a textbook chapter for physicians on Firefighter Health and Safety. In his final year, he was awarded the Medical Student Teaching Award.
After finishing residency, Dr. Poreda moved back to Buffalo and began his career in private practice as an Attending Physician with Professional Emergency Services PLLC. During this time, he worked at multiple hospitals across WNY, including Millard Suburban, Buffalo General, Lake Shore, Brooks Memorial, and Medina.
In 2016, Dr. Poreda joined UBMD as full-time faculty with the Dept of Emergency Medicine, and has been working at Buffalo General since.
In 2020, Dr Poreda went back to school and completed an EMS fellowship. Throughout this time, he's maintained close contact with the volunteer fire service, and continues to be an active member to this day.