5 Doctors You Should Be Following on Twitter

With Twitter’s IPO hitting the NYSE last week, it’s unmistakably clear how popular the social networking service has gotten since it’s 2006 inception. It’s used by a wide variety of individuals, from your everyday teenager tweeting on how hard life is to the drunken Iowa State college girl sending YOLO messages from jail. What you may not realize is that it’s a source for dispensing and receiving information on trending medical issues from reputable physician sources.

Here are 5 physicians to follow on Twitter:

#1 Kevin Pho: Internist and founder of KevinMD (www.kevinmd.com), Dr. Pho started blogging on his namesake website over 10 years ago to give the public an expert medical opinion on trending healthcare topics. Nowadays, over 1000 authors with various medical backgrounds contribute to his blog, which he continues to edit while maintain a full-time job as a primary care physician. His writings can also be found on CNN.com, USA Today, and the New York Times. Follow him on Twitter : @kevinmd.

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#2 Scott Weingart: An emergency department intensivist and associate Professor at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, Dr. Weingart specializes in ED care of the severely ill patient and strives to “bring upstairs care, downstairs”. He shares his knowledge with the interwebs via his blog, EMCRit.org, which garners >180,000 podcast downloads a month. Follow him on Twitter: @emcrit.

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#3 Oliver Sacks: Dr. Sacks is a British neurologist best known for his book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat , a collection of 24 essays detailing unique patient cases and interesting neurologic phenomena. He is a current professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine and was former faculty at Columbia University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Follow him on Twitter: @OliverSacks

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#4 Sanjay Gupta: Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Gupta has been on the front lines of disaster reporting including his coverage following 9/11 from NYC and New Orleans’ Charity Hospital after Hurricane Katrina. He has won multiple Emmy awards for his medical journalism and is a widely-respected public figure. Follow him on Twitter: @DrSanjayGupta.

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#5 Mike Sevilla: Dr. Sevilla is a self-described social media enthusiast and Family Physician who began writing about his patient experiences online in 2006 for “The Doctors Anonymous” blog. He has since then gone public with his writing and now writes/podcasts at his website DrMikeSevilla.com. He reaches out to the internet community through several different social media modalities including: Twitter, Facebook, LindedIn, and Youtube. Follow him on Twitter: @DrMikeSevilla.

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Ellie Brooks, MD

Ellie Brooks is an EM resident who is super excited about finally being done with med school, but hates wearing this ugly black, beeping box on her hip they call a pager. In her ever-dwindling spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her canine, climbing rocks, sleeping in tents, and meeting many random human beings.

2 Comments

  1. gmlevinmd123

    Ellie Brooks is a 4th year medical student who describes herself as “remarkably unremarkable,”
    Read more at http://almost.thedoctorschannel.com/5-doctors-you-should-be-following-on-twitter/#IAVT3GJoW1uRRp96.99 I doubt if you are unremarkable !

  2. emcrit

    thank you so much for this mention!