Twitter can be a hub for experts, becoming a part of social media users’ networks and helping form what New York Times technology writer Nick Bilton refers to “anchoring communities” of information.
An trusted online source is usually among the top 5% of his or her network, and shares relevant information that educates readers and followers within a particular field.
On that note, we’ve highlighted five physicians to follow on Twitter.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta – @SanjayguptaCNN
Gupta is most famous for his media work regarding health-related issues on CNN, but he’s also a professor of Neurosurgery at Emory, Associate Chief of the Neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial in Atlanta and a former Surgeon General candidate when Obama first took office.
Drew Pinsky – @Drdrew
Perhaps the most famous on this list because of his television appearances on shows like Celebrity Rehab, Pinsky is also a board-certified internist and addiction medicine specialist that does a good job of navigating professionalism and salaciousness.
Dr. Mehmet Oz – @DrOz
This Harvard grad and Oprah darling teaches at Columbia and recently co-founded Sharecare, a health technology startup featuring a QA platform for users with health-related questions.
Kevin Pho – @KevinMD
Pho is an internal medicine physician living in New Hampshire, and is a leader in health care social media via Twitter and his influential KevinMD.com, boasting over 100,000 subscribers.
Dr. Mike Sevilla – @drmikesevilla
Formerly @doctoranonymous, Dr. Mike Sevilla is a family physician, social media enthusiast, internet radio host and blogger who doesn’t yet have the kind of following Kevin Pho does, but given the content of his tweets its only a matter of time.
What physicians do you follow on Twitter? Leave some suggestions in the comments below!