These days, many doctors bemoan the fact that their patients turn to “Dr. Google” for answers instead of a qualified professional. Yet, the Internet can also serve as a source of inspiration for medical professionals themselves. You can use social media platforms like Instagram to promote your own professional or personal brand. It can be a means of building your patient base, disseminating information, and even entertaining your audience. If you’d like to build your own social media presence, consider emulating the physicians to follow on Instagram.
Dr. Austin Chiang, MD, MPH
Dr. Chiang is the director of the Endoscopic Bariatric Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is also one of the few gastroenterologists in the world to boast dual training on both bariatric endoscopy and advanced endoscopy. Dr. Chiang promotes the unique endoscopic bariatric surgery for individuals who need to lose weight to attain better health but aren’t interested in invasive surgeries.
In addition to his work in bariatric surgery, Dr. Chiang is known for his expertise in complex endoscopic procedures used to diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer, oncologic complications, and acute and chronic diseases of the bile duct.
Dr. Chiang has long been a vocal advocate of social media in the medical profession. He is the founder of the #VerifyHealthcare transparency movement, believing that social media can be a valuable advocacy and information distribution tool in medicine. He is also the Founding President of the Association for Healthcare Social Media (AHSM.org). It’s also thought that he is the first Chief Medical Social Media Officer to serve at a large academic medical center.
Zubin Damania, MD
Better known by his handle, ZDoggMD, Dr. Damania is a USCF/Stanford-trained internist. During his hospitalist career at Stanford, Dr. Damania became troubled by various dysfunctions in the healthcare system. He also suffered from physician burnout—a very common problem in the medical community. To aid in his own recovery and give a voice to others like him, Dr. Damania founded Turntable Health. It’s a primary care clinic that was featured in a Morgan Spurlock documentary, The Downtown Project.
Dr. Damania is not only a one if the physicians to follow on IG, but one to follow on YouTube. He produces regular YouTube videos and live shows under his pseudonym. He brings humor to the medical field as he interviews medical thought leaders and debunks popular pseudoscience. So far, his videos have generated nearly a billion views.
Dr. Noor is an American Board Certified Ophthamologist who specializes in eye surgery. She is also a wife, mother of three and proud advocate of accepting others and loving yourself. She dedicates her platform to empowering women of all types and easily achieves this through sharing both her personal and professional life. Dr. Noor continually inspires people to be kind to one another, love themselves and go after their dreams.
When she was in college, she realized her passion for medicine while volunteering for Adventures in Caring. Her volunteer efforts helped spread cheer by visiting terminally ill patients as Raggedy Ann. Dr. Noor went to medical school at Rush University in Chicago and completed her residency there. While she originally intended on becoming a pediatrician, she feel in love with ophthalmology because it allowed her to express her artistic and detail-oriented side.
Myron L. Rolle, MD MSc
Dr. Myron Rolle is one of the most exciting physicians to follow on Instagram not only because of his fantastic charitable work, but also because of his unique background. Dr. Rolle is a former NFL player and Rhodes Scholar. Toward the end of his football career, he began to think seriously about concussions and the debilitating effects of repetitive concussions on football players.
His interest in concussions led him to enter neuroscience. At age 30, he began his neurosurgery residency at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Rolle has also established his own charitable foundation. The Myron L. Rolle Foundation is a tax-exempt nonprofit that is committed to support the health, education, and wellness of children and families in need throughout the world.
Kristamarie Collman MD
Kristamarie Collman MD is a family medicine doctor who is double board certified. Dr. Kristamarie earned her medical degree at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. She then completed her residency (and also served as Chief Resident) at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, FL. Currently, Dr. Kristamarie resides in Charlottesville, VA, and focuses on practicing acute care and outpatient family medicine offices.
In addition, she is the author of Glow Up Your Life: The Rx for Looking and Feeling Good from the Inside Out, which helps women build self-confidence and learn self-care. Her inspirational feed helps empower underrepresented women to rock their healthcare career. Her holistic approach, relatability, and leadership make her someone who should be on everyone’s list of physicians to follow.
Dr. Mike Varshavski
Dr. Varshavski, better known on social media as Dr. Mike, is a primary care physician. After graduating from the New York Institute of Technology and the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Mike completed his internship and residency at the Overlook Medical Center through the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Dr. Mike’s passion is preventive care. He emphasizes the value of educating his patients on the big impact that small lifestyle changes can make. He shares medical advice at speaking engagements and appearances on TV shows, helping viewers learn how to live a better life by dealing more effectively with stress, improving nutrition, and getting more exercise.
Dr. Poonam Desai
Dr. Poonam Desai isn’t just an adult and pediatric ER physician. She is a classical Indian dancer, fitness educator, and professor. Dr. Desai is also Ultrasound Fellowship Trained and Lifestyle Medicine Board Certified. Based in NYC, she offers a mix of lifestyle advice, inspirational posts, fitness tips, and medical news on her Instagram page. Many of her followers are medicals students and doctors who admire her strength and confidence as a multidimensional powerhouse comfortable in the ER and on the stage.
Dr. Joyce Blending
Dr. Joyce Blending the personas of beauty blogger and clinical dermatologist, Dr. Joyce provides inspiration for her followers to look their best and live their healthiest lives on her Instagram page. Both her Instagram page and her blog, Tea with MD, offer skincare and lifestyle tips as well as guidance on pursuing an MD based on her personal experience. Her blog emphasizes how lifestyle choices feed into overall health, and she offers up guidance on everything from shopping to travel to healthy recipes. Dr. Joyce is a native Californian, born and raised in the Bay Area. However, medical school brought her to NYU, and she still maintains a soft spot for New York City as a Board Certified Dermatologist based in San Francisco, CA.
Mauricio González, MD
For Mauricio Gonzalez, the importance of wellness is something that came naturally to him. He grew up in a health-conscious family and has studied nutrition—his passion—for many years. In Mexico, Dr. Gonzalez founded the first plant-based medical immersion program in Latin America. There, clients explore plant-based foods, nutrition, and supplements. Back in the States, he is currently an Internal Medicine Resident at Metropolitan Hospital/New York Medical College. Dr. Gonzalez also produces his own videos and other informational products designed to help patients make healthier nutrition choices.
Dr. Jen Caudle
Dr. Jen Caudle is a family physician that makes her way into millions of homes on television every week. She has been featured on shows such as The Dr. Oz Show, Rachel Ray, Nightly News with Lester Hold, Fox News, The Today Show, Inside Edition, and CNN. Dr. Jen Caudle is amazing to watch. Her empowerment of others and personality allow her to effectively provide information to the masses.
Dr. Jen Caudle is highly trained (graduated with honors from Princeton University) and continually works to give back to the community. You can watch her on YouTube. Her YouTube channel consists of several health hot topics as well as general health information. Dr. Jen Caudle doesn’t just stop there on her online presence. You can listen to her on ReachMD where she talks with different guests on a variety of health topics and personal development for healthcare professionals.
Cedric “Jamie” Rutland M.D.
Dr. Rutland attended University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, where he completed his medical degree and an Internal Medicine residency. He later completed his Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowships at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Rutland is triple board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care. He is particularly passionate about working with patients with asthma, COPD, ILD, and EBUS. Dr. Rutland is also outspoken about the dangers of vaping.
Dr. Rutland serves as a National Spokesman for the American Lung Association. In this capacity, he educates his audiences about pulmonary diseases. He is the owner of the West Coast Lung Group in California, which focuses on cutting-edge treatments and patient education.
Leah Houston, MD
Leah Houston is a board-certified Emergency Physician and blockchain expert. She had a dream and vision to provide better care for people so she became a founding partner of HPEC. The vision of HPEC is “restoring the rights of physicians and their patients.” Currently, HPEC gives physicians ownership of their professional brand digitally. This means that HPEC gives each physician complete ownership of a digital file that has their credentials. This then allows physicians to change their employment easier.
In addition to HPEC, Leah Houston enjoys being an advocate for early childhood education reform and being a humanitarian and philanthropist. You can also learn more about here in the first chapter of HIMSS Blockchain Healthcare Textbook. Lastly, you may find her at different events because she is an internationally requested speaker on blockchain. One of her most recent evens was at the Blockchain Healthcare Summit in New York City.
Dhaval G. Bhanusali, MD FAAD
Dr. Bhanusali made waves when he was accepted into medical school at age 17. Since then, he’s had research published in top medical journals and has presented his research at international venues. Dr. Bhanusali has also been featured in numerous media outlets and is frequently called upon to provide expert opinions and advice. Recognized as one of Crain’s New York’s Top 25 Healthcare Innovators, Dr. Bhanusali practices out of Hell’s Kitchen dermatology clinic.
Jennifer Ashton, MD
Dr. Ashton is both a physician and a media personality. She serves as the chief health and medical editor, and the chief medical correspondent for ABC News and Good Morning America. Dr. Ashton completed her residency at St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital Center (now Mount Sinai Morningside) in New York. She is also board-certified as an Ob/Gyn. Dr. Ashton is particularly passionate about nutrition and fitness, believing they are the key for a better, healthier life.
You can use these profiles as inspiration as you shape your own career and personal life. When you’re ready to step up your game, talk to Dr. John Shufeldt about his physician coaching services. John specializes in personal development consulting for physicians who are seeking to avoid or recover from professional burnout, and those who want to get more out of life and work. Get in touch today and begin working toward a more rewarding tomorrow.