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Medical student receives "hood" from the doctor who delivered her

Brianna Miner, UC Irvine School of Medicine Class of 2017 graduate, receives her ceremonial hood from Dr. Mauel Porto.
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Quadruplet Brianna Miner poses for photos with Dr. Manuel Porto, the obstetrician who delivered her and her siblings 27 years earlier. Interim Dean Michael J. Stamos, MD, looks on at right.

Quadruptlet Brianna Miner was destined to become a doctor, Manuel Porto says

June 3, 2017, Irvine, Calif. — Quadruplet Brianna Miner came full circle Saturday when she received her UC Irvine medical degree and ceremonial hood from Manuel Porto, MD, the obstetrician who delivered her and her siblings 27 years ago at UC Irvine Medical Center.

Miner was one of 100 newly minted physicians in the School of Medicine's Class of 2017 to receive their doctoral degrees and green hoods Saturday at the UC Irvine campus in Irvine.

"I couldn't really imagine having anybody else, especially with me being at UC Irvine for the last four years training alongside people that he's worked with," Miner told ABC7 News of asking Porto to be present for her commencement.

Porto and Miner first met on Feb. 10, 1990, when he helped Karen Miner deliver Brianna, Jeffrey, Vincent and Whitney.

They were the first Orange County quadruplets who had been conceived through gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), an early form of fertility treatment that has since been superceded by in vitro fertilization.

Porto still considers the births a highlight of his medical career. He figures Miner's career path was set not long after her birth, given that she was tagged with the color green, the traditional color denoting the medical profession, he told the Orange County Register.

This summer, Miner will move to Chicago, where she'll enter a three-year residency program in emergency medicine.