50 Medical School Professors You Should Be Following on TwitterMar 19, 2012
Peeking into the work and lives of those who have chosen medicine as their life's work can help you decide if you've got what it takes to do what they do. If you're wondering "what degree is right for me?" following the day-to-day lives of these professors might help you make that decision. These top medical professors on Twitter can offer insights, updates and information on their field of study that could affect your medical education and career.
These instructors were chosen on a wide range of criteria. For some it was the impressive number of followers; for others, it was the amount of regular, relevant tweets. We also threw in the most active users, the universities or colleges that employ them and the impressive work they have done in the medical field. From psychologists to nutrition experts to surgical gurus, we've got the medical professionals you should be following.
In no particular order, here are the best medical professors to follow on Twitter:
- @DrMartyMD Dr. Marty Makary, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
This medical commentator and author makes almost daily tweets on all things medical, including need-to-know new products.
- @HarvardAskDrK Anthony Komaroff, MD, Harvard Medical School
This author of the popular "Ask Dr. K." newspaper column offers daily links to pertinent medical questions.
- @rudytanzi Dr. Rudy Tanzi, Harvard Medical School
Almost-daily tweets from this inspirational doc keep his 2,600 loyal followers entertained and enlightened.
- @drbilchik Dr. Anton Bilchik, David Geffen School, UCLA
This oncology professor offers links to cancer blogs that are informative, heartbreaking and victorious, all at once.
- @ewidera Eric Widera, MD, University of California San Francisco
Widera is a frequent tweeter who offers links and discussion on geriatrics, hospice and palliative care.
- @alexsmithmd Alex Smith, MD, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Smith offers regular, informative tweets for his followers, mostly focusing on geriatrics and palliative care.
- @deanornishmd Dean Ornish, MD, University of California San Francisco
This popular author offers tips and links for his over 6,000 followers who are trying to live a healthier lifestyle.
- @kchang Kevin J. Chang, Brown University Alpert Medical School
This radiologist and assistant professor offers entertaining tweets about everything from solar energy to the TSA.
- @martinmckee Martin McKee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
This opinionated professor tweets about public health policy to over 2,800 followers.
- @khademh Ali Khademhosseini, Harvard Medical School
Khademhosseini's occasional tweets focus on everything from the kind of music he enjoys to current events in the medical world.
- @dianeemeier Diane E. Meier, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Meier offers frequent tweets to almost 3,000 followers, including plenty of relevant retweets.
- @neil_mehta Neil Mehta, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Curious about medical technology? Dr. Mehta offers regular tweets on new advances, apps and gadgets.
- @georgejelinek George Jelinek, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Australia
If your medical career might take you into study of multiple sclerosis, these tweets can offer fantastic insight.
- @lyndalpn Lyndal Parker-Newlyn, University of Wollongong
Frequent, lively updates for almost 900 followers focus on the events of the day and her interesting personal life.
- @doctorbernstein Robert M. Bernstein, Columbia University
Over 1,200 followers get regular tweets full of pertinent information on dermatology, hair loss and hair restoration.
- @drmorgentaler Abraham Morgentaler, Harvard Medical School
This author offers occasional tweets on men's health issues, including low testosterone and prostate cancer.
- @DrRodRohrich Rod Rohrich, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Over 1,000 followers get regular updates on what's new in the world of plastic surgery.
- @drves Ves Dimov, MD, University of Chicago
This very frequent tweeter engages in lively discussion and offers relevant links for over 8,000 followers.
- @seeFisch Conrad Fischer, Touro College of Medicine
This guru of medical exam prep is also a frequent tweeter of medical and political issues to almost 3,000 followers.
- @kidney_boy Joel Topf, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Dr. Topf offers humorous tweets on kidneys, sports and Apple products, among other interesting topics.
- @medpedsdoctor Alex Djuricich, MD, Indiana University
Djuricich's frequent tweets range from topics such as pediatric medicine to social media in health care.
- @profvrr Vincent Racaniello, Columbia University
This expert on viruses offers information-packed links and tweets to almost 3,000 followers on a regular basis.
- @mattinglymd Jay E. Mattingly, MD, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
With over 22,000 followers, this anesthesiologist and anti-aging doctor offers links, quotes and lively discussion.
- @drforce Dr. Lawrence T. Force, Mount Saint Mary College
Regular tweets on brain chemistry, medications and psychology are what you can expect from this popular writer.
- @DrAnasYounes Anas Younes, MD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
A lymphoma expert, this cancer doc offers detailed information and relevant links to almost 5,000 followers.
- @mmayerp Miguel Angel Mayer, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Want to know how to use social media to find information on medical issues? These occasional tweets tell you how.
- @johnmoeschler John Moeschler, Dartmouth Medical School
A genetics expert, Dr. Moeschler offers regular tweets on gene sequencing, rare diseases and more.
- @atulbutte Atul Butte, Stanford University School of Medicine
This doc offers a hodge-podge of information, from pediatrics to genomes to earthquakes.
- @JBMatthews Dr. Jeffrey Matthews, University of Chicago Medical Center
These regular tweets from a top surgeon offer insight into medical procedures, policy and politics.
- @Dr_Butin Richard Butin, University of Missouri Kansas City
Very regular tweets focus on primary care issues, caregiving, dementia and more.
- @moorejh Jason H. Moore, PhD, Dartmouth College
An expert in biomedical sciences, this professor offers relevant medical tweets to over 2,000 followers.
- @jdudley Joel Dudley, Stanford University School of Medicine
Over 1,000 followers benefit from this mix of fun musings and serious, relevant links.
- @davidperlmutter Dr. David Perlmutter, adjunct professor, Institute for Functional Medicine
Occasional tweets focus on new drugs and therapies, nutrition and neurology.
- @Medrants Robert Centor, University of Alabama School of Medicine
Over 1,500 followers get daily tweets on healthy living, relevant links and tricks for more productive study.
- @history_geek Holly Tucker, Vanderbilt University
This expert in the history of medicine has almost 12,000 followers of her interesting tweets.
- @marionnestle Marion Nestle, NYU Steinhardt
Over 80,000 people follow frequent tweets from this nutrition, food studies and public health expert.
- @abmarkman Art Markman, University of Texas at Austin
This psychology professor and executive editor of the journal Cognitive Science tweets regularly with relevant links.
- @psychoBOBlogy Professor Bob, anonymous professor from Wisconsin
Hiding behind cyber-anonymity, this psychology professor offers links and insight into today's current events.
- @nutrigenomics Michael Muller, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Over 3,000 followers get tweets on molecular nutrition, running, biology and a touch of politics.
- @tlomauro Timothy Lomauro, La Salle University and Lehigh University
Curious about everything from bipolar disorder to Alzheimer's? Join the over 3,000 followers to get tweets about it all.
- @sanjiv_chopra Sanjiv Chopra, MD, Harvard Medical School
Tweets from this prolific author include quotes and study information for over 6,000 followers.
- @Paul_J_Mather Paul J. Mather, Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia
This fun tweeter offers ton of pictures, musings and the occasional serious tweet full of information.
- @drmintz Dr. Matthew Mintz, The George Washington University School of Medicine
Occasional tweets on patient care dilemmas, ethics, and lighter topics like Linsanity and kids.
- @kennylinafp Kenny Lin, MD, Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University
Look for a ton of regular retweets, links and discussion from this guru of common sense medicine.
- @RyanMadanickMD Ryan Madanick, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
This very prolific tweeter has over 2,000 followers and plenty of opinions and musings to share.
- @ProfGlantz Stanton Glantz, University of California San Francisco
Serious, hard-hitting tweets on smoking, tobacco and the consequences, loaded with information.
- @hinaheartdoc Hina Chaudhry, Mount Sinai, New York
This cutting-edge heart doc offers tweets on medicine as well as the occasional tweet on current events.
- @healthecon_dan Daniel Polsky, University of Pennsylvania
These interesting tweets focus on health care costs and reform, each with relevant links or retweets.
- @jasonkarlawish Jason Karlawish, University of Pennsylvania
This author and medical ethic professor tweets occasionally about new books, Alzheimers and public policy.
- @ggramels Greg Gramelspacher, Indiana University
Here you will find frequent tweets on pain management, palliative care and relevant public policy.
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