TOP TEN INTERNET-SMART DOCTORS IN THE WORLD: 2013
Welcome to the 2nd Annual “Top Ten Internet-Smart Doctors in the World: 2013”.
There are 7 repeats; those 7 have continued, in 2013, to contribute to the digitalization of Medicine. The other new three have shown something outstanding to get our attention.
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,, and one from Australia. The other seven 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 continues to be tops in every aspect of the internet medical profession. He is tireless in his speaking engagements, his academic appointments, and his clinical practice. He is now Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. The rest of the 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, 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 in October 2013 in an interview at UC:
2) Daniel Kraft M.D.
Daniel Kraft MD also continues to be tireless in all his efforts to promote healthcare. Kraft has chaired the Medicine Track for Singularity University since SU’s inception, and founded and is Executive Director of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.
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 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 in June 2013
3) Berci Mesko MD
Berci Mesko MD, from Hungary, is a very active presence today in Internet Medicine. I had a chance meeting with Dr. Mesko on Facebook one day, and I asked him, how, in hell’s name, did he do so damn much? He said, “Google Notes”! I still have no idea what that means, but let’s move on.
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 the E-patient in November 2013:
4) Mike Cadogan MD
Mike Cadogen MD is also a repeat from 2012, and he also continues to thrive in using the internet to advance healthcare in 2013. He is a practicing ER doc from Perth, Australia has heavily impacted the field of Emergency Medicine, especially in his native land, and his influence is continuing to spread to Europe and America 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 has helped develop multiple heath-related websites. Perhaps his biggest achievement to date, as far as his contributions to world healthcare is his role in the creation of “FOAM”, or “Free-Open Access to Meducation”. FOAM is a method of teaching utilizing the current digital tools, to reach the user synchronously and asynchronously.
He is a key participant in the SMACC in Gold Coast Australia in March 2014. 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.
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 about his role as a Sports Medicine Doc, in March 2013
5) 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. He is the only Top Ten Doctor that plays the Panflute!
He is completing his PhD thesis this year, on “Ultra low-field strength intraoperative MRI for glioblastoma surgery”
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 a video of Pieter, controlling a robot arm with a wireless EEG device, at UCLA
6) Peter Diamantis MD
Peter Diamantis MD is continuing being a dynamo. Being a truly inspiring public speaker, Peter was 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 Space Exploration in Feb 2013
Iltifat Husain MD is the founder and editor-in-chief of iMedicalApps.com, a website dedicated to med app reviews, mostly by physicians. As can be imagined, the Medical App field is a truly dynamic field, and one must maintain constant vigilance in this area of digital medicine. Dr. Hussan does so, with his excellent team of medical app reviewers. His website, www.imedicalapps.com, is probably the most popular website that physicians use for truthful, unbiased med app evaluations. The website tries to give the reader a good idea of what apps are good, and which are not, with no agenda, influenced by advertising agendas, or public relations blurbs.
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
8) Wen Dombrowski MD
Wen Dombrowski MD is making her first appearance on the Top Ten, and probably not her last. She is the most popular Twitter doctor in the world and she leverages this platform to the max, in tweeting healthcare information to her many true twitter followers, and to the twitter world at large. She is, from her LinkedIn profile, “….a physician executive that develops technology, business, and healthcare solutions to improve the quality of life of populations with complex medical and social needs. I am especially interested in design thinking, data analytics, social media, and interdisciplinary collaboration to innovate product development, workflow efficiency, patient care, and aging in place…”
Wen is a true digital health friend to the Geriatric Patient, actively participating in many Geriatric programs. Wen is the “Chief Medical Information Officer ( CMIO ) & VP for Connected Health“, where she does hands-on implementation of home-healthcare programs, as well as programs for special needs patients, including HIV patients, in the New York area.
In addition, she was very active in the disaster relief in the New York and New Jersey area.
See Wen’s participating in a Social Media in Healthcare, discussion:
9) Joe Kvedar MD
Joseph (Joe) C. Kvedar is Founder & Director of the Center for Connected Health and a recognized visionary in his field. The Center for Connected Health creates and studies models for healthcare delivery that move care into the daily lives of patients. Leveraging information and consumer technologies, the Center helps providers and patients manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness, and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes.
Under Dr. Kvedar’s direction, the Center developed a connected health technology platform that supports its clinical programs and inspired the launch of the first connected health employee benefit, adopted by EMC Corporation. In 2010, he co-founded personal health technology company Healthrageous, where he is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Kvedar is a board-certified dermatologist and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School; past President and board member of the American Telemedicine Association; Immediate Past Chair of the American Academy of Dermatology Task Force on Telemedicine; and a board member of organizations such as Continua Health Alliance and Care Continuum Alliance. He is an advisor at Physic Ventures and a mentor at Blueprint Health, and will be a mentor at Rock Health in summer 2012. Dr. Kvedar authors the popular cHealth Blog and co-edited Home Telehealth: Connecting Care within the Community, the first book to report on technology to deliver quality healthcare at home. He has authored 60+ publications.
Here’s a talk that Dr. Kvedar did in Boston, August 2013
10) Larry Chu MD
Larry Chu MD is not only a digital medical force at Stanford and the Bay Area, but is instituting changes in digital medicine that will reverberate widely. To us, perhaps his greatest contribution to the digital cause in Medicine this year is his ground-breaking conception and execution of the Stanford MedX Conference, this past September 2013. This conference, to us, was a watershed moment; it showed that the world of the Medical Conference is, indeed, evolving, and this conference embraced, due to Dr. Chu’s direction, the digital potential that can be harnessed if applied properly. The top-flight line-up of speakers were able to be seen via Webcast worldwide, and was presented by a first-class team. Of course, it is a delicate dance of trying to fill seats at your conference, and, at the same time, trying to promote the ready access by computer remotely, but this balance seem to be achieved, as all seats were filled, and, although we have no numbers, many, many people were able to benefit by see the excellent roster of well-known speakers.
Another very significant digital contribution in Medicine is Larry’s institution of a program to orient incoming residents at Stanford, in Anesthesiology, called START. Also, he has established …” the Anesthesia Informatics Media (AIM) Lab – through which he explores the impact of technology on medicine. In its short life, the AIM Lab has been extremely prolific, publishing manuscripts investigating the use of social networking in medical education or the impact of anesthesia residency programs’ websites on applicants’ decisions about which schools to attend.”
Here’s a video, entitled, “Putting the Patient at the Center of Care”, with Dr. Chu
And, of course, Larry’s frequent collaborator, Zoe