10 physicians to follow on Twitter

Toward the end of last month, Mike Sevilla, MD, spoke to a crowd of 100 at the Connecting Healthcare + Social Media Conference on why physicians ought to be on social media. Although multiple such outlets exists — Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn — none have appealed quite so strongly to physicians as Twitter.

Here are 10 physicians, in no particular order, who have mastered the art of Twitter. 

1. Kevin Pho, MD – @kevinmd With approximately 53,000 followers, Kevin Pho, MD, tops our list of doctors to follow on Twitter. Pho blogs regularly at KevinMD.com and is on USA Today's board of contributors. He is consistently cited by major media outlets, and touts his blog as, "the Web's leading destination for proactive physician commentary on breaking medical news."

2. Mike Sevilla, MD – @drmikesevilla Formerly known as Dr. Anonymous, Sevilla tweets regularly and is the blogger behind FamilyMedicineRocks.com. He is known for being an advocate for physicians on social media, all while giving followers and blog readers a behind-the-scenes look at life as a family practitioner. He also hosts Family Medicine Rocks on Blog Talk Radio, where he reviews current industry events, news, and all things social media. 

3. Val Jones, MD – @drval Val Jones, MD, is a power tweeter and the founder behind Better Health, LLC, a network of 130 plus medical bloggers, which includes content partners like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Physicians, and Harvard Health Publications. Jones is the "anchor blogger" behind the network. Previously, she was the author of "Dr. Val and the Voice of Reason," which won The Best New Medical Blog award, back in 2007. 

[See also: Social media being used as a platform to disclose illness.]

4. Tim Sturgill, MD – @SymTym Tim Sturgill, MD, is an emergency physician, manager, and director of social media at Emergency Medicine Physicians. He tweets regularly and has been blogging since 2004 at Symtym.com. Sturgill takes an active interest in not only emergency and disaster medicine, but also health law, policy and ethics, health informatics, and, most notably, social media. 

5. Bertalan Meskó, MD – @berci Bertalan Meskó, MD, tweets regularly and is a speaker, blogger, consultant, and founder of Webicina.com, a collection of curated social media resources. On ScienceRoll.com, Meskó blogs about his "journey in genetics PhD and medicine through Web 2.0," as well as the integration of medicine, web services, and social media. Meskó graduated from the University of Debrecen Medical School and Health Center in 2009 and maintains a Hungarian medical blog as well at MedIQ.blog.hu