Social Media for Doctors
More and more healthcare professionals are using social media platforms to educate audiences, dispel myths, and otherwise provide content that is simultaneously entertaining and insightful. However, picking knowledgeable and trustworthy influencers to follow can be a daunting task, especially when distinguishing fact from fiction on social media isn’t always easy.
The influencers you follow can make a huge difference in your understanding of medical topics, clinical workflows and scenarios, and the healthcare system overall. Below you’ll find an aggregated list of some must-follow influencers in specialized medical niches. Make sure to follow these board-certified doctors across various social platforms and learn how they’re using social media to educate people all around the world.
Best Doctors on Social Media
- Dr. Darria Long – (Instagram)
- As a practicing ER physician, Dr. Darria Long dispels healthcare myths that women frequently hear and provides advice about kids for fellow moms. A big proponent of women’s health, she also created TrueEve, a place where women can find peace of mind by understanding burnout, along with accurate and honest health information.
- The Pediatrician Mom – (Instagram)
- From pregnancy advice to information about widespread viruses kids encounter, Dr. Krupa Playforth has searchable answers for parents with questions. She tackles issues that will resonate with most parents, from her “12 Days of Winter – Mom Life Version” meme to whether or not it’s safe to give children melatonin. When traveling or gathering for holidays with the little ones, this pediatrician might have some useful advice!
- Dr. Andrea Dean – (TikTok)
- As a hematologist and oncologist, Dr. Dean specializes in iron deficiency and common blood misdiagnoses. One of her most popular videos explains iron deficiency symptoms and inaccurate supplement advice circling the internet. She covers topics from blood clots to effective blood tests that actually matter for your health.
- Dr. Vicki Chan – (TikTok)
- Masks, measles, and mucus—oh my! Dr. Chan covers various topics that are important to public health, including vaccine information, antibiotic resistance, and long-term health issues. From explanatory medical information to funny trends like what role she’d play on “Grey’s Anatomy,” she provides a mix of informative and fun medical advice while dispelling common myths about the pandemic.
- Dr. Antonio J. Webb – (YouTube and LinkedIn)
- Dr. Webb is a distinguished spinal surgeon and combat veteran whose knowledge of and interest in spinal injuries stems partly from incidents experienced by relatives. He offers encouraging videos to current and future medical practitioners and dispels chiropractic myths. His videos carry a tone of integrity, professionalism, and cerebral information. Dr. Webb discusses life-changing injuries and sports medicine tips and hosts a collaborative “day in the life” series that features interviews with different medical specialists.
- Dr. Mona Amin – (Instagram)
- Dr. Mona Amin is a board-certified pediatrician with a knack for covering various topics like children’s health, supporting new mothers, and reviewing baby healthcare products. She also runs The PedsDocTalk podcast and provides free resources for new and veteran moms and young families.
- Dr. Raga Ramachandran – (YouTube)
- Popular for her “Week in the Life of a Neurosurgeon” vlog series, Dr. Raga shares conversations about operations/procedures with in-depth coverage of all the steps and details you’ll ever need to know. A few of her vlogs talk about 24-hour and 30-hour shifts and the on-call schedules physicians experience.
- Dr. Max Feinstein – (YouTube)
- Dr. Feinstein is a practicing anesthesiologist who shares the practical dos and don’ts of medicine. He also covers what medical students can learn about this unique specialty and offers advice for their careers.
- Dr. Louis M. Profeta – (LinkedIn)
- Dr. Profeta has seen it all. As an emergency medicine physician for over 30 years, he knows firsthand what drug overdoses—and a myriad of other emergency-level incidents—can do to the human body. A popular speaker and expert in the ER profession, he gives talks about the issues facing teenagers, college students, and socioeconomic demographics in healthcare. He frequently shares medical insights and updates on LinkedIn.
- Dr. Tonia Farmer – (TikTok)
- Dr. Tonia Farmer is an ear, nose, and throat surgeon and medical educator who cheekily refers to herself as “Dr. Nose Best.” Her TikToks cover various topics about the ENT specialty and educate viewers about healthy habits that can improve ear, nose, and throat health. Follow Dr. Farmer to learn tons of ways to live a healthier life!
Medicine is a necessarily serious profession, but the doctors above manage to mix a lot of creativity and entertainment into their educational endeavors. Whether you’re a provider trying to start your own channel or you’re simply interested in learning more about health and the human body, you’ll learn a lot by following these creators—and you’ll help their cause by making their audience just a bit bigger! Championing responsible, insightful physician content creators will help to ensure that more people can find trustworthy and accurate healthcare information in the too-often-confusing world of social media.