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The top 41 health-oriented social media influencers

Senior Director, Social Media

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We were asked to come up with a list of digital health social influencers for a Klick event so naturally we figured this would make a great blog post. What could be more engaging to the health-focused social media audience than a list of influencers?

Anyone not on our list of 41 42 48 49 50 51 names will immediately want to know why not, and the reason is simple, we were completely arbitrary in how we pulled this list. First, we looked at what hashtags tend to get used by digital health proponents and chose:

Using Sysomos to scour Twitter data netted us 1,841 accounts with followers ranging from 1.3 million to zero. So, this was a good start, but most of these accounts won’t have real influence in the industry. The next step was for us to manually look at each account and determine how relevant each one is. The criteria we were looking for–and these criteria were for our particular purpose–may or may not work for others:

So, without further ado, here is the list we developed. This is a living list so if you have suggestions, contact us and we’ll look at changing it! (But no guarantees, see above.)

Twitter Handle First Name Last Name Followers Region Description Further Information
@GlenGilmore Glen Gilmore 309,000 US FORBES Top 20 Social Media LI http://goo.gl/nSGBzO TIME man of action #SMM http://goo.gl/4do4M8 AUTHOR http://goo.gl/ZILqMN #SocBiz #IoT GlenGilmore.com
@JenArnoldMD Jen Arnold 246,000 US Mommy, Neonatologist, Simulation Educator, Cancer Survivor & co-star of TLC’s #Little Couple. Tweets are meant to be helpful, not prescriptive #tweetiatrician jenniferarnoldmd.com
@Atul_Gawande Atul Gawande 129,000 US surgeon, writer, public health researcher, practicing surgeon, professor at harvard atulgawande.com
@kevinmd Kevin Pho 122,738 US Physician, author, keynote speaker, USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors. Social media’s leading physician voice. kevinmd.com
@DrKevinCampbell Kevin Campbell 98,300 Internationally recognized cardiologist, on-air medical expert drkevincampbellmd.com
@donaldhackett Donald Hackett 88,238 US Runs notable Rxwiki RxWiki.com
@ValaAfshar Vala Afshar 69,700 US CMO, Extreme Networks, writes for Huffington huffingtonpost.com
@EricTopol Eric Topol 59,825 US Cardiologist, researcher, Editor-in-Chief, Medscape, author of The Patient Will See You Now stsiweb.org
@orenfu Oren Fuerst 54,256 Digital Health entrepreneur and inventor. Recent creations include @medivizor , @mentallyapp, @Prepex, @my_dario linkedin.com
@berci Berci Meskó 44,432 HU Medical futurist, author of The Guide to the Future of Medicine, speaker, consultant, geek physician with PhD in genomics, founder of http://Webicina.com medicalfuturist.com
@sarahkliff Sarah Kliff 43,400 US I write for Vox. Formerly: Washington Post, Politico, Newsweek and, back in the day, Student Life. Health-care nerd. sarah@vox.com sarahkliff.com
@picardonhealth André Picard 35,677 CA André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail. andrepicard.com
@DrFrankLipman Frank Lipman 31,600 US Practicing physician, founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Centre, and writer drfranklipman.com
@ahier Brian Ahier 29,415 Passionate about healthcare, technology and government 2.0 ahier.net
@rilescat Shawn Riley 28,700 Leader Information Management Office, Mayo Clinic Health System at Mayo Clinic linkedin.com
@epatientdave Dave deBronkart 27,532 US International patient engagement advocate, speaker, author of Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook, blogger  epatientdave.com
@LionelReichardt Lionel Reichardt 25,477 FR Pharmageek #hcsmeufr coordinator blogger #HIT100 #pharma100 #hcsmeu #ehealth LinkedIn.com
@paul_sonnier Paul Sonnier 25,237 US Founder, 30,000+ member #DigitalHealth Linkedi group, social entepreneur storyofdigitalhealth.com
@susannahfox Susannah Fox 21,545 US I help people navigate health and technology. Entrepreneur in Residence at @RWJF. susannahfox.com
@JohnNosta John Nosta 23,100 US DIGITAL HEALTH philosopher, strategist & advocate relentlessly seeking the unexpected. Lead thinker at NostaLab Google Health Advisory Board @ObiMobiles Health nostalab.com
@drmikesevilla Mike Sevilla 20,705 US Family Physician | Primary Care Advocate | Commentary on Medicine, Social Media & Life | Internet Talk Show Host | Formerly @DoctorAnonymous DrMikeSevilla.com
@healthythinker Jane Sarasohn-Kahn 18,803 US Health economist, advisor, communicator, trendweaver janesarasohnkahn.com
@hjluks Howard Luks 18,113 US MD Sports Medicine – Orthopedist howardluksmd.com
@modernmeds Amy O’Connor 17,475 Sr. Director – Digital and Social Media Communications at Eli Lilly and Company modernmedicines.com
@cascadia Sherry Reynolds 17,047 Health Care Innovator and Patient Centered Care Evangelist – Founder Alliance4Health paper.li
@GaviSeth Seth Berkley 15,600 Switzerland CEO of @Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Medical doctor specializing in infectious disease epidemiology and global health. gavi.org
@healthblawg David Harlow 14,431 US Health care laywer, consultant, speaker, blogger harlowgroup.net
@leeaase Lee Aase 14,399 US Director, @MayoClinic Center for Social Media. Chancellor social-media-university-global.org
@chimoose Greg Matthews 14,197 US Healthcare. Social media. Change management. MDigitalLife, @W2OGroup. Advisor to @MayoClinic SMHN and @SxSW Health. Silly person. about.me
@2healthguru Glenn Masters 13,869 US Digital media architect & producer @ACOwatch @JustOncology @publichealthHQ @HIBCTV healthinnovationmedia.com
@andrewspong Andrew Spong 12,978 GB Helping pharma companies deliver on their promises to put patients at the centre. stwem.com
@richduszak Rich Duszak 12,374 US Dr. Duszak serves as the Neiman Institute’s founding Chief Medical Officer where he leverages his extensive experience as a thought leader in imaging economics and policy to develop and promote research supporting credible evidence-based health policy. neimanhpi.org
@paulflevy Paul Levy 11,648 US Author, speaker, former hospital CEO, negotiation advisor, advocate for patient-driven care. runningahospital.blogspot.ca
@jkvedar Joseph Kvedar 11,412 US VP, @Patnersnews, @connectedhealth, associate professor harvard medical school chealthblog.connectedhealth.org
@jbbc Marie Ennis-O’Connor 11,268 IE Award-winning Health Blogger. Social Media Consultant. Writer ‘BeyondThe Buzz: Healthcare Social Media’. Speaker @dotmedconf @doctors20 @StanfordMedX hcsmmonitor.com
@gnayyar Geeta Nayyar 10,900 Chief Medical & Innovation Officer at Femwell Group Health, nationally recognized healthcare IT huffingtonpost.com
@elaineschattner Elaine Schattner 9,741 US journatlist, physician, medical educator, semi-retired oncologist and cancer researcher, woman who’s had breast cancer, forbes.com
@mindofandre Andre Blackman 9,109 US Purposeful digital health. Connector. Co-founder @fastfwdhealth andreblackman.com
@zdoggmd Zubin Damania 9,059 ZDoggMD is a physician, off-white rapper, and the founder of Turntable Health. He’s not a businessman. He’s a business, man. OK we stole that line from Jay-Z but you get the idea. A hospitalist at Stanford for almost 10 years, Dr. Z currently resides in Las Vegas—a city he finds simply adorable. turntablehealth.com
@chasedave David Case 8,542 US Founder, Rosetium linkedin.com
@jordanrau Jordan Rau 8,542 US Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News linkedin.com
@DanaMLewis Dana Lewis 8,470 US Built artificial pancreas (#DIYPS). Founder, #OpenAPS. Moderator, #hcsm (Sun @ 8pmCT). Thinker, doer, teacher of health & digital things. Thoughts/tweets = own! linkedin.com
@meredithgould Meredith Gould 7,937 US Using social media to build communicty, enhance spiritual life, and empower patients linkedin.com
@dlschermd David Lee Scher 7,009 US cardiologist, digital health tech consultant, blogger, chair @HIMSS digitalhealthconsultants.com
@nickdawson Nick Dawson 6,985 US Executive Director of Innovation at Johns Hopkins Sibley Hospital nick2.net
@HITAdvisor Justin Barnes 6,225 US Passionate about creating smarter, sustainable healthcare. Board advisor GozioHealth justinbarnes.com
@daphnezohar Daphne Zohar 5,918 US Founder & CEO, PureTech puretechhealth.com
@spitzstrategy Michael Spitz 4,647 US Digital Strategy & Biz Dev @KlickHealth, tweeting to help improve outcomes and quality of life for patients the world over. klick.com
@NaomiFried Naomi Fried 3,222 US Vice President, Medical Information, Innovation & External Partnerships, Biogen linkedin.com
@CrisDeLuca Cris De Luca 2,623 US Digital Innovation Leader @JNJInnovation Boston. 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovator. Co-Founder, Ultra Light Startups crisdeluca.com
@AndiKaraboutis Adriana Karaboutis 2,423 US EVP, biogen  linkedin.com
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Brad Einarsen

Brad is Klick's Senior Director leading the social practice. His group ensures that clients get the best bang for their buck on the social platforms.

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