In today’s world, it is hard to be an influencer. Some people may have a certain level of exposure because they are celebrities, athletes, or politicians. However, there are also many other healthcare influencers that you need to know and follow for the latest information on medical breakthroughs, wellness trends, and more. Many of these individuals have made their mark in the health care industry through research, advocacy, or teaching, but all share one common goal: to improve health outcomes across the globe.
Here are 25 Healthcare Influencers that will help guide you through this vast sea of data with their insights on everything from artificial intelligence in healthcare to virology research breakthroughs.
Professor Shafi Ahmed
Professor Shafi Ahmed is an award-winning cancer surgeon who has a long and illustrious career. He was the Associate Dean of Bart’s Medical School, elected member to the Royal College of Surgeons England council, where he led an international health program. In 2018, Professor Ahmad received both NHS Award by members in Parliament and Asian Star in UK Tech with his appointment as Abu Dhabi government advisor on digital transformation.
Professor Shafi Ahmed is a clinical surgeon and serial entrepreneur with experience in healthcare, technology, media, public speaking. Professor Ahmed has worked on live operations using Google Glass to stream video footage of surgery onto social media networks like Facebook Live for the first time and national television appearing on Operation: Live, which was shortlisted for a BAFTA award in 2019.
He co-founded Medical Realities – an educational VR company that’s been featured at TEDMED conference (an international event devoted solely to medical innovation), Fortune 500 companies’ boardrooms and universities across the world, including Stanford University’s virtual reality class where students can operate upon patients from any location inside or out of their classroom via remote control avatars without risk or injury.
Professor Ahmed was awarded as one of the top 20 global influencers when it comes to digital health innovation through his work at Medical Realities, which specializes in immersive virtual reality training simulations for medical professionals such as nurses, paramedics, or doctors.
David DeBronkart, better known as “e-patient Dave,” was diagnosed in January 2007 with kidney cancer at a very late stage. Odds were stacked against him, with tumors in both lungs and several bones. He received excellent treatment and fought through his battle of the disease for months on end before finding out that he had won it by September 2007, when all treatments came to an end.
DeBronkart is now opening health care information directly to patients on an unprecedented level, thus creating a new dynamic in how people are accessing and using medical data across many different platforms, including social media–Dave wants more people like himself who have been touched personally by illness or injury not only to be informed but also ultimately empowered.
Dr. Bertalan Mesko
Dr. Bertalan Mesko, Ph.D., is an expert in medical futurism who analyzes how science fiction technologies can become a reality in medicine and healthcare. In his work as a geek physician with a Ph.D. in genomics, he has written over 500 keynotes for governments and organizations internationally, including Harvard University, Stanford University Yale Universities, or Singularity University’s Futuremed course at NASA Ames campus- making him one of the most well-known voices globally on digital health technology and future healthcare trends!
Dr. Mesko is a noted physician, futurist, and lecturer who dozens of top publications have featured, including CNN, the World Health Organization, National Geographic, Forbes TIME magazine BBC New York Times. His popular website has had more than 5 million readers, and he was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Healthcare or as “one of those with the biggest global impact.” He is also an esteemed member of the Mensa International Committee on Future Research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Joe Babaian is a well-known figure in the healthcare industry. He has been active and successful as co-moderator of one of the most prominent social media communities, Healthcare Leadership Blog #HCLDR. Joe continues to grow this community into an even more influential network that supports passionate contributors from all over the world (even if they are new).
And for those who don’t have much experience with healthcare social media, he offers guidance on how people can get started using their voice online too! With his friendly personality and engaging insight on everything HCLDR does or shares – whether it’s working together at conferences or communicating remotely through messages – Joe always encourages others to consider joining him within this thriving global health care community.
Dr. Bernadette Keefe
Dr. Bernadette Keefe worked as a doctor for 20 years, performing academic radiology at UNC Hospitals-Chapel Hill in North Carolina from 1987 until 2000. She completed her undergraduate and medical school training in 1977 when she graduated with honors from Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, followed by residency training which lasted six years, including two fellowship programs: one-year Ultrasonology program at Thomas Jefferson Hospital, where she was voted “best resident” and another postdoctoral Fellowship position that focused on diagnostic imaging research during the time period 1981 to 1986 while completing an MD degree specializing in neurosurgery.
Dr. Keefe has participated in many tweets chats, including the #HCLDR tweet chat joint-moderating it for a while and other health-related topics like aging issues or online global medical conferences. In her articles, she writes about healthcare technology, delivery methods of care that are being used worldwide, and how social media affects this field of work in today’s society, with more people turning to Twitter than ever before on their phones for updates.
Jane has a knack for understanding how technology will change the future of health care. She combines her expertise in business and economics with insights from social sciences, medicine, and other fields to help organizations anticipate changes that could affect their strategy or operations. Jane’s work spans healthcare stakeholders – patients, providers (hospitals/health systems), payers (insurance companies), suppliers like device manufacturers.
The Health Populi blog is now updated twice-weekly by Jane’s team at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where she advises clients on emerging trends related to people, technology, and health policy.
Jane’s career spans many different fields of expertise: she is an international speaker with talks ranging from “The Future of Healthcare” to “How Technology Impacts Patient Care.”
If you’ve ever wondered where we are headed with our advancements in medical science or if there could be some potential problems down the line like shortages due to automation…Jane might have answers for you!
Kevin is a jack-of-all-trades doctor, working as both an internal medicine physician and national media commentator. He’s a practicing, board-certified internal medicine physician and national media commentator who also attends to the digital needs of his patients. As founder and editor of KevinMD.com, he conceives and executes the site’s strategy and directs technology infrastructure that has continued to grow over time, receiving 3 million monthly page views while exceeding 250,000 followers on Facebook or Twitter. Alone!
KevinMD has been a voice of change in the medical industry. His commentary, interviews, and public speaking have helped draw attention to physician burnout and the primary care shortage. He is also an editorial board member for USA Today, CNN, and The New York Times. He shares his knowledge with society on topics ranging from health policy to innovations in technology that are changing healthcare delivery today. He also shares his story on social media to help educate others about what doctors are facing today.
Kevin received his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and practices primary care in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was a member of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty list for recognizing young people with significant accomplishments before age forty; inductee to the Healthcare Internet Hall of Fame (for demonstrating leadership in healthcare internet); named one top doctor by both NH Magazine.
Kevin is an experienced clinician who has successfully navigated all aspects related to managing online reputation management while also gaining expertise through personal coaching sessions as well as public speaking engagements about topics like how clinicians can use social media tools safely to engage patients or how medical professionals can reach out to patients in need.
Halle Tecco has held various positions in her career, from finance and business development roles at Intel and Apple to the founder of Rock Health. She is currently an advisor for Harvard Medical School’s Biomedical Informatics department and Boston Children’s Hospital, where she does incredible work improving the lives of children around the world.
Halle Tecco was formerly Chief Women’s Officer at Natalist before becoming Founder & Chief Women’s Health Officer after establishing herself first with ROCK HEALTH, then Columbia Business school on adjunct professor status.
Halle has had the privilege of being featured in several high-profile publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. She was named one of Goldman Sachs’s Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs and listed on Forbes’ 30 under 30 lists. Halle received her MBA from Harvard Business School with a concentration in Women’s Health and an MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Nick Adkins is the former suit-wearing MBA for Vanderbilt Health Plans in Nashville, Tennessee. He was COO at two Nashville-based healthcare companies and cofounder of a health tech startup in Portland, Oregon. When he had enough of the traditional corporate world, Nick left to have his own journey and ended up in Portland, where he co-founded a health tech startup company named Cloudbreak Healthcare. He is now an advisory board member at Cloudbreak Health, which has revolutionized telehealth by delivering unified solutions nationwide to hospitals (VRI).
Nick is also the founder of the global pinksocks movement. Nick’s pink socks movement is not just about wearing different colored socks. He wants to see the good in people, and he has used his own personal story to show others that they can do anything with determination and self-belief.
Nick’s passion for seeing the awesomeness in people has helped push healthcare towards remembering what a person means: someone who deserves respect, care from medical professionals, empathy when dealing with tough times such as death or illness.
Dr Jennifer Arnold
Dr. Arnold, a neonatologist and medical director for the Center for Medical Simulation at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Florida, has had years of experience working with high-risk or emergencies on simulations such as trauma centers where patients can be examined using state-of-the-art technology to train healthcare professionals from various specialties including nurses that care for children. Previously Dr. Arnold led the simulation center at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and is currently conducting an innovative training program, thereby developing new equipment that will enhance pediatric education curriculums, among other things.
Dr. Arnold received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed a residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh before completing an additional master’s program for Medical Education and neonatal-perinatal fellowship training with the University Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Arnold routinely speaks about simulation techniques to both fellow professionals and students alike during presentations or speaking events on campus, contributing to her written books.
Dr. Arnold has been a visionary in the medical field. One of the leading writers on how simulation can improve teaching efficiency, patient care quality, and best practices for future healthcare professionals.
Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, a board-certified family medicine physician and media personality with over 13 million social media followers under his belt, is an emigrant from Russia who grew up in New York City to pursue higher education at the age of 24 with degrees in Life Sciences and osteopathic medicine. He moved to the US with his parents at the age of six, and now he is a known doctor, philanthropist, writer, and social media influencer.
Dr. Mike’s residency was a pivotal point in his life as he grew more interested in educating the world on health matters and sharing what he learned with them through YouTube videos, blogs, social media posts, etc. He now has over 700 million views of these resources online, making him one of the largest medical information providers!
Dr. Mike uses video tutorials that are both practical but also entertaining to help combat misinformation about healthcare because it can be such an important topic for many people who may not have had access to this sort of education beforehand or even know how useful they could potentially find it themselves when needed most!
Nisha Mehta is an award-winning physician, entrepreneur, and writer who has founded a social media group for physicians interested in side-gigs.
Nisha attended Brown University, Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn, and New York Medical College for her residency. She completed both a fellowship in obstetrics/gynecology as well as anesthesiology during this period. Her career path includes being both a radiologist and the founder of her company, Physician Side Gigs which conducts research into medical entrepreneurship among doctors. As CEO, she coaches entrepreneurs through developing their business plans.
She also works on wellness topics including burnout prevention, mental health aid, resilience development resources, and stress management strategies with clinical trials to improve patient outcomes along with general advice about how to take care of oneself while still being able to give one’s best self at work when needed most.
Dr. Nisha Mehta has been featured on Forbes, PBS NewsHour, MedPage Today, KevinMD, and Doximity with her innovative combo of Facebook group Physician Side Gigs for over 17000 physicians looking to supplement or replace their traditional physician income as well as write commissioned monthly columns for medical students in the Thieme Medical Publishers journal.
Jen Horonjeff, Ph.D., is the Founder and CEO of Savvy Cooperative. A patient-owned coop helps companies get insights from patients to build better healthcare solutions by connecting them with key consumers. Jen shares her expertise in this field. She has intimate knowledge about both sides, having grown up with multiple autoimmune diseases and earned a doctorate in Environmental Medicine at New York University before founding his company.
Jen has always been interested in studying the intersection of science and society. She was trained as a healthcare researcher and human factors consultant, but her work primarily focuses on patient engagement in healthcare-related decisions. Jen utilizes her background to champion involvement by patients when it comes to making changes that might affect their lives or quality of life outcomes related to disease management for conditions like cancer, chronic illness, and pain issues; she is also mindful about social determinants such as socioeconomic status (see page 12). Most importantly, though, Jen strives towards giving patients an equal voice: one where they are heard and valued.
Dr. Borans’ Advanced Medical Strategies is the leader in strategic intelligence software for clarity into complex claims, with a purpose to combine technology, clinical expertise, financial insight, and data science to help manage and mitigate the disproportionate impact catastrophic insurance costs have on overall medical cost trend increases.
Dr. Borans has applied her experience as an emergency room doctor treating patients who suffered from life-threatening conditions like heart attacks or cancerous tumors by injecting AMS’s unique combination of capabilities through health care payers across all spectrums – helping them better understand their most challenging issues before it becomes too late.
Dr. Borans is a respected and much-in-demand speaker at seminars worldwide for claims professionals and an expert on insurance denial management, appropriateness of care programs within hospitals across the country. Educational panels have interviewed her to speak about her many years spent working with healthcare providers all over America, from private practice physician positions to overseeing medical services in 50 different hospitals spanning 15 states even while earning degrees such as MD/MPH (Master’s degree) along the way; Dr. Borans also hosts webinars for those who want updates on topics she speaks about often – insurance denial management being one!
Lygeia Ricciardi is a nationally known thought leader in consumer engagement and digital health. Her consulting practice focuses on helping clients succeed in engaging consumers more effectively in their health via digital tools, whether through the transparency of information or building innovative technologies to help improve the quality of care that patients receive. Previously at ONC, where she helped integrate the needs and perspective of consumers into federal policymaking efforts and leadership development for The Blue Button Initiative.
Lygeia has also worked with startups, Harvard University’s Business School, where she advised students who are developing new healthcare technology companies; Markle Foundation, which supports innovation across various industries, including medicine, by providing grant funding to organizations working towards improving access to high-quality medical products while lowering costs; Federal Communications Commission.
Lygeia has been voted among the “Top 10 Most Influential Women in Health IT” and is both a veteran of C-SPAN, Wall Street Journal, NPR as well as health affairs. In her time, Lygeia regularly speaks at conferences like South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). She also travels to private corporate board meetings where she offers insight on what’s next for our digital future!
Sylvia Romm MD, MPH, is the Vice President of Medical Affairs at American Well and works with health systems, employers, and other innovators to design digital strategies for healthcare. Dr. Romm worked first as a pediatrician before founding a company focused on telemedicine for new mothers, then joining America’s Well full time in 2000 after working there part-time since 1999.
Dr. Romm believes that integrating digital health care delivery into the traditional healthcare ecosystem is a key component to improving patient experience, population health, reducing cost, and enhancing work-life for providers. She’s been an avid author on these topics in NEJM Catalyst, Forbes KevinMD, and Huffington Post, with articles focused on technology within healthcare as well as policy-related topics.
Angela Fusaro is a respected Emergency Medicine physician with years of clinical practice experience, including three years as the supervising physician at a large academic institution. She has an innate understanding of healthcare innovation and the best design tools for remote diagnostics to improve our current system. These innovations would allow high-quality urgent and emergent care practice even from your living room!
Dr. Fusaro also has a passion for entrepreneurship, collaborating with other clinicians to turn their insights into marketable products that save lives and improve patient quality of life.
A cancer survivor, caregiver, and healthcare executive Stacy Hurt is passionate about inclusion. She has volunteered as a patient advocate for thousands of patients worldwide to promote their voice in health care decisions that affect them most, which she does by connecting pharma/tech companies with hospital systems through her insights gleaned from years working firsthand on the frontline.
Stacy’s experience running businesses alongside caring for an intellectually disabled son uniquely positions her to be one of 10 digital influencers shaping telehealth expansion at HIMSS, where she lends advice on how we can use technology to reach better people who live too far away or are otherwise unable to make it into a doctor’s office due to medical conditions like disabilities or mental illness.
Geeta Nayyar, M.D., M.B.A., is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare information technology as well as board-certified practicing physician with expertise and experience that spans the entire modern medical industry: from mobile health to social media marketing/strategy — she has been named one of the “Top 26 smartest people in Health IT” by Becker’s Report and ranked one of the “Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives” by Modern Healthcare; where her work as an author includes writing three chapters for HIMSS Medical Informatics textbook on Mobile Technology Innovation among other works like being part of Med City News’ list “#12 Powerful Women Voices in Healthcare Innovation and on Twitter.”
Dr. Nayyar’s expertise in rheumatology has led her to be an active practitioner and faculty member at top-notch universities, such as the University of Miami. She is also a board member for the University of Miami Medical School Alumni Association Board and HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society). As hostess for “Topline MD TV,” Dr.Nayyar aims to bridge gaps between doctors across specialties through media platforms like television so that patients might have more access to health information.
Chrissa McFarlane, founder and CEO of Patientory Inc. is one of the top women who have left their mark on the MedTech field in health IT. She founded Patientory after seeing a need for more personalized and secure consumer-driven healthcare information management solutions to be made available in today’s market. Chrissa has published international research into healthcare and helped create breakthrough digital health companies that specialize in providing services such as Tumblr, Blue Apron, Casper Pillow Company, Meetup – to name a few!
Jessica McFarlane is also the author of Future Women: Minority Female Entrepreneurship and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Era of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. She serves as an Influencer for Inaugural Class Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Choose ATL campaign, Digital influencer for HIMSS.
Susannah Fox, a Washingtonian who previously served as chief technology officer for the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has now been tasked with projects focused on how social media can be used to gather information about our well-being. Her passion for innovation has served her well in this role as she navigates through intersecting technology fields with expertise that many people lack.
Before this position, she was an entrepreneur-in-residence at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her focus shifted more towards healthcare innovation than entrepreneurship in general – although these two areas are not mutually exclusive under any circumstance!
Susannah Fox has made her mark in the world for being a member of advisory committees and organizations like Lemelson Center, Before Brands, Atlas of Caregiving. As an anthropologist by trade with a degree from Wesleyan University, she is also on Cambia’s Board since 2017.
Divya has been featured on Fortune’s 40 under 40 list and Stanford University’s Thought Leader lists for her groundbreaking work in biomedical research. She has been featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list as one of the most influential people under thirty because she had already accomplished so much by then.
She founded Stem Cell Theranostics, a biotechnology startup specializing in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine; StartX Med, an accelerator program that successfully helped hundreds of medical entrepreneurs grow their digital health ventures through mentorship programs like Google Ventures.
Divya currently works as an entrepreneur extraordinaire at Apple, where she is Director of Health Initiatives overseeing projects such as ResearchKit and CareKit while managing her own biomedical research lab.
Farzad Mostashari, MD, has spent his career at the forefront of healthcare policy and information technology. Dr. Mostashari is the former National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services, serving as a distinguished expert on Brookings Institute’s Engelberg Center for Healthcare Reform. He founded NYC Primary Care Information Project before that work, which equipped 1,500 physicians in underserved communities with electronic records.
Dr. Mostashari is a renowned physician, entrepreneur, and innovator in the healthcare industry with over twenty years of experience advising public and private sector leaders on innovation strategy across health care systems globally. He has spoken extensively about issues affecting hospitals like ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) at conferences for hospital executives around the country.His work has been published in the Journal of American Medical Association, New York Times, and Health Affairs.
Dr. Mostashari received his MD from Yale University School of Medicine before getting a master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, which led him down to the field of medicine.
Danielle LeVeck, an ICU nurse practitioner from the United States, began her social media career by making memes and writing about being a nurse. Her inspiration came from the bedside at the ICU, where she felt passionately about sharing with other nurses insights into healthcare that they might not otherwise have access to.
Danielle started with a blog then turned it over in Instagram and Facebook posts. Today Danielle focuses primarily on Instagram while continuing speaking engagements and guest blogs where possible all of this made easier thanks to online publishing platforms.
With an Instagram following of 139K and a blog to her name, Leveck is one top influencers in the nursing sphere. She has had many opportunities as a writer for Board Vitals™, Glamour Magazine and FIGS.
Hailing from the United States, Dr. Joseph Kvedar is a thought leader, writer, and international physician who has worked to advance the adoption of telehealth technologies at various levels nationally in recent years as editor-in-chief for npj Digital Medicine, senior advisor on virtual care at Mass General Brigham Hospital Center for Innovation in Digital Healthcare (CIDH). He also serves as chairperson for a board member with American Telemedicine Association and co-chairman alongside AMA’s Payment Advisory Group focused on digital medicine.
Joseph Kvedar is an expert on connected health and the author of two books about how technology will extend people’s lifespans by improving their wellbeing: The Internet of Healthy Things (2015) and The New Mobile Age: How Technology Will Extend the Healthspan and Optimize the Lifespan (2017). His blog has been providing his insights for a decade, so you can be sure that he knows what he’s talking about!
The healthcare industry is constantly evolving, and it’s more important than ever to understand the people who are shaping its future. If you’re looking for a new perspective on what’s happening in healthcare or want to find out about some influential people in this field, our list should give you plenty of options for where to start your search.
We hope that these influencers will inspire you with their stories and encourage innovation within the medical world! Follow them today.