Welcome to the 1st Annual “Top Ten Internet-Smart Doctors in the World”.
Now, why, you may ask, do we presume to say “World”? Because the internet, as Mr. Gates says, has made the world a global village. On the internet, one can find out many wonderful things, from the comfort of your desktop. Even to faraway lands. as if they were next door.
Doctors are increasingly using the internet, to communicate, to educate, and to use sometimes as medical devices. And now docs are tackling social media, which a few of the Top Ten do, in spades. The Top Ten come from all over, from Australia to the Bay area. There is one from the Netherlands, one from Hungary, one from India, and one from Australia. The other six are Yanks. And they are all MDs.
Characteristics that the top ten share are traits of enthusiasm for their craft, intelligence, diligence, intimate knowledge of how the net can be leveraged to benefit healthcare, and love of teaching.
The love of teaching was surprising. They love to share their revelations, and thoughts. And, now, we share them with you.
And, of course, there are more than ten. Please use the bottom of this page in the “Comment” section to name another Doctor you feel is distinguished. After all, you are all peripheral sensors of the Internet Medicine community!
1) Eric Topol MD
Dr. Topol list of accomplishments is mind-boggling. He is a cardiologist, geneticist, researcher, and social media giant. But he is tops with us, because he, essentially, ‘wrote the book’ on Internet Medicine, The Creative Destruction of Medicine. This ground-breaking book examines the places in medicine that digitalization impacts, as well as examining other important healthcare issues. He is a frequent speaker at medical conferences, co-founded the West Healthcare Institute, has written innumerable significant medical papers, is a prominent blogger and tweeter, and is a true leader and inspiration to many physicians, because he shows that practicing medicine is not a lost cause today, and that there is hope for docs, who know better than anyone else, the system is broke.
He is on the Board of the Sotera Wireless, recently approved by the FAA in Dec 2012, which monitors wireless and remotely, vital signs, and he led the first trial with the GE Vscan device GE Reports, a pocket high resolution, mobile ultrasound imaging device.
No doubt he will continue to be a leader in Internet Medicine in the coming years. Here is a video of him speaking at Google:
2) Mike Cadogan MD
Michael Cadogan MD, a practicing ER doc from Perth, Australia has heavily impacted the field of Emergency Medicine, especially in his native land, and his influence is spreading to Europe as well. He is contagiously enthusiastic about the internet as a platform for communication and education in medicine, and is founder of the very popular blog, Life in the Fast Lane (The Eagles fell asleep at the wheel on that one), as well as other medical education sites, HealthEngine, iMeducate, and the GMEP . He is a keynote speaker of a conference in Sydney, “Social Media in Critical Care” that takes place in March, 2013. He is a prolific writer on the net, is a frequent speaker at conferences, and is a true thought leader for the internet to affect change in education of Emergency Medicine. By the way, Mike has almost 50,000 Twiter followers! And he earned them by being a beacon of ER knowledge.
He will definitely be instrumental in affecting change in education in Emergency Medicine , through interactive media of the internet, and, may also tackle medical education in other specialties as well, if we are lucky.
See this video of Dr. Cadogan speaking at a conference in Europe
3) Berci Mesko MD
Berci Mesko MD, from Hungary, is a very active presence today in Internet Medicine. He first started as a self-described medical geek on the net, with the website, Scienceroll.com, an award-winning medical blog. He soon saw a need for a homesite for Social Media for Medicine, so he made the website, www.webicina.com, a very popular medical information site for both doctors and patients. He also has background in Genetics, and has an interest in Medical Infomatics as well.
See the following video, where Berci speaks about Social Medica inMedicine:
4) Pieter Kubben MD
Pieter Kubben MD, is a neurosurgical resident from the Netherlands.at the Maastricht University Medical Center.
He has quite a list of accomplishments, mostly due to his computer expertise. As a hobby, he started developing software for mobile computing and clinical decision support. Starting in 2001, he has won two international awards for his efforts in PHP & MySQL.
Since 2009 he has focused on developing mobile apps for smartphones, and he has developed three application for medicine, the most noteworthy being Neuromind, which is the Number #1 app for Apple’s app store in neurosurgery. Like the above three Internet stars, he also is prominent on the lecture circuit, mostly about Medical Infomatics, another passion of his.
See the talk he gave at a TEDx conference in 2011, about his vision of the clinical decision supporting system
5) Peter Diamantis MD
Peter Diamantis MD is a dynamo. Educated at Harvard Med and MIT, he has gone on to do significant research in the aeronautics industry, and lately he has turned his focus to the Medical Field. Along with the futurist, Ray Kurzweil, he co-founded Singularity University, which addresses new technologies in all fields. He regularly counsels huge companies like Google, Nokia, and NASA on how to use emerging technologies and innovations to get ahead.
In the health field, Peter is working along with Quaalcom, on the “X-Prize”, a competition for $10 million dollars to anyone that can come up with a “Tricorder”, or a small device that can diagnose diseases. As it says on its website, “…As envisioned for this competition, the device will be a tool capable of capturing key health metrics and diagnosing a set of 15 diseases. Metrics for health could include such elements as blood pressure, respiratory rate, and temperature.”
See Peter talk about the Tricorder, a new medical device, partnering with Quaalcom.
6) Cameron Powell MD
(SOURCE) Cameron Powell, MD, son of a Texas oilman, is a true pioneer in the field of medical applications, who helped make one of the first, widely accepted medical applications, the Air Strip Ob/Gyn.
The impact of this program proved indisputably that computers could help medical care..
He is trained as an obstetrician, understood the challenges faced by treating and monitoring expectant mothers. He collaborated with Trey Moore, a web developer from his church in Texas, and came up with an idea to transmit info from the pregnant moms to their doctors by wireless means from remote locations. Together, they formed a medical software company, Air Strip Technologies in about 2005. First, they developed AirStrip OB, which remotely monitors fetal heart rhthyms, and communicates the waveform wireless, through a server in the hospital to the doctor. Next, they developed AirStrip Cardiology, which transmit waveforms of cardiac patients. Then, AirSrip ICU, which does the same with ICU, CCU, ER, telemetry patients.
See Dr. Powell talk about this ground-breaking technology of Air Strips Ob/Gyn, along with his co-founder programmer who he met at church, Trey Moore
Iltifat Husain MD is the founder and editor-in-chief of iMedicalApps.com, a website dedicated to med app reviews, mostly by physicians. This website is probably the most popular websites that physicians use for med app evalutions. The website tries to give the reader a good idea of what apps are good, and which are not.
He is an ER resident at Wake Forest University in North Carolina who intends to do a fellowship in Health Infomatics, a newly approved specialty since 2011. He also has a Masters in Public Health; his thesis was about the affordability of electronic health records in the ambulatory setting. Apparently, he has a passion for Emergency Medicine and feels mobile technology has enormous potential in the acute care setting.
He does a blog for MedPage Today, where he provides commentary on mobile medical applications and electronic medical records.
See a typical video review by his team of medical editors for iMedicalApps.com, about the Dragon App
Dr Sethi was one of the first physicians to be on the internet with blogging, in 2005. Since then, he was used his blogs as a means for education for the field of radiology, and is probably the most popular blogging Radiologist in the world. Based in India, Dr. Sethi is very active in the field of Teleradiology, and teleradiology services, and he is active on the lecture circuit as well.
Dr. Sethi is Editor-in-Chief of Internet Journal of Radiology. He has a big interest in Web 2.0 technologies and in maintaining his famous radiology blog, which has been featured in multiple international journals.
His book Review of Radiology is a best-seller among medical students. See an interview with Bertalan Mesko MD
Today, Sumer’s Radiology Site (sumerdoc.blogspot.com) is one of the Web’s most popular radiology blogs; Sethi adds a case to the site almost daily. Meanwhile, “radblogging,” as it has been nicknamed by Sethi and others, is a growing trend. Samir Shah, a radiologist with Virtual Radiologic (vRad), is a radblogger of a different, but increasingly common, stripe; along with colleagues, he contributes to the nationwide practice’s blog (blog.vrad.com). “We thought it was a good way for our radiologists to get their voices heard,” Shah says. “We can communicate a lot of ideas in a rapid fashion.”
Sethi concludes, “This is only the beginning of the democratization of knowledge in the field of radiology and health care in general. The future looks exciting.” (SOURCE)
9) Daniel Kraft M.D.
(SOURCE) Daniel Kraft is a Stanford- and Harvard-trained physician-scientist is very active in the medical device community, and with internet driven-medical technologies. and biomedical research. Dr. Kraft is Executive Director and curator for the FutureMed, a program which explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.
He practices as a pediatric heme/onc doc in the Bay area, with a big interest in bone marrow transplantation. Matter of fact, when Dr. Kraft experienced the mulitiple stick procedure of obtain marrow transplants, he worked to build a medical device, that required only one stick, called the MarrowMiner.
Dr. Kraft recently started IntelliMedicine, which will be based on big data and personalized medicine. It is currently in development. He also founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies.
Here’s a video of one of Dr. Kraft’s Ted lectures
10) Dr Kevin Pho
Kevin Pho MD authors the most popular medical blog on the web. It is estimated that he has more than 100,000 regular daily viewers.
He composes his own blogs, but also aggregates other blogs that other doctors write, which he thinks are relevant, or interesting. Trained at Boston University, Dr. Pho is a very active speaker, and has appeared on national TV about his medical blogging.
Forbes calls his blog a “must-read health blog.” CNN named @KevinMD one of its five recommended Twitter health feeds. He writes regularly for USA Today, mostly because he is in tune with Healthcare of today.
He is board certified in internal medicine and practices primary care in Nashua, New Hampshire.
See Dr. Pho’s thoughts on the place of Social Media in Medicine