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11 Doctors to Follow on Instagram

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  • Female doctor of Middle eastern ethnicity looking at smartphone while sitting at desk

    In a survey of more than 4,000 doctors, at least 90% use social media for personal activities and 65% use it in a professional capacity. More doctors than ever are finding value in using platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok to connect with patients and peers. Though these tools make networking easy, there are some risks, such as professional reputation, misinformation, and privacy issues. Fortunately, most healthcare organizations have guidelines to help you know what and what not to post. (Check with your health system’s communications group if you’re unsure about what’s appropriate.)

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    Dr. Nii Darko @drniidarko
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    Not all doctors who embrace social media stick to one platform or medical topic. Dr. Nii Darko is a general surgeon who has a strong Instagram presence, but also reaches his audience through his podcast “Docs Outside the Box.” That’s where he helps fellow doctors tackle important career (and life) topics like mission, mindset, and money. His goal is to help his peers live their best lives, as well as train them to host their own brand-building podcasts.

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    Dr. Lara Devgan @laradevganmd
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    Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are some of the most popular doctors on Instagram and Dr. Lara Devgan is an informative one to follow. She’s a practicing plastic surgeon in New York, but she does much more. She’s the CEO of her own luxury skincare line, an industry consultant, and a former chief medical officer for cosmetic and aesthetic medicine review site. She’s used Instagram to become a thought-leader in her field and regularly posts before-and-after photos of her treatments.

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    Dr. Michelle Henry @drmichellehenry
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    Dermatologists are popular on Instagram and Dr. Henry stands out among them with more than 80,000 followers. Her strategic use of social media has made her a sought-out expert in dermatologic surgery and she often showcases procedures in her feed. Like many dermatologists, she also features videos of invasive procedures and before and after photos. Dr. Henry is well-versed at doing media appearances and includes those in her Instagram feed to help enhance her reputation in her field.

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    Dr. Risa Hoshino @dr.risahoshino
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    As a pediatrician working in public health for New York City schools, Dr. Hoshino is committed to educating her community about important wellness topics, backed up by research that proves their value. Many of her posts are related to physical health issues, but she strongly encourages people to take care of their mental health, too. Dr. Hoshino uses Instagram as a platform to give followers a peek into her personal life as a way to encourage them to care for themselves.

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    Dr. Heather Irobunda @drheatherirobundamd
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    Dr. Irobunda is on the Instagram fast track as one of the most popular Ob/gyn perspectives around. Fans are flocking to the educational content she features on Instagram. She gathered more than 35,000 new followers in just over one year. Dr. Irobunda’s appeal lies in her willingness to share information about tricky-to-talk-about subjects related to reproductive health. She uses engaging image carousels and short videos to explain hot topics like period tracking and egg freezing. She’s also an advocate for health equity in healthcare.

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    Dr. Mike Natter @mike.natter
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    Dr. Natter focuses his Instagram efforts on his creative side. He’s an endocrinologist and artist who uses his artwork to make health-related topics more interesting and accessible for his followers. His secret sauce is to keep a running dialogue with his fans, sharing great stories and demystifying complex issues with hand-drawn explanations. Some of his followers show up for medical advice, while others are just there for the beautiful art.

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    Dr. Krupa Playforth @thepediatricianmom
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    Dr. Playforth works as a pediatrician in Northern Virginia and she’s found a unique niche among mom bloggers. She shares real talk about what it’s like to raise two kids in a multicultural household as a working pediatrician. She connects well with other moms by demonstrating how parenting is nothing like the textbooks she read in med school. The Pediatrician Mom™ includes stories of her own experience as a parent, plus tips and tricks she’s learned along the way as a mom and doctor.

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    Dr. Kambiz Silani @beverlyhillsoptometrydryeye
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    Dr. Silani uses Instagram to promote his private optometry practice in Beverly Hills. He’s found a solid balance between professional posts and photos of his family. On the professional side, he helps educate his followers on eye care and eye disease, including dry eye. He also promotes his business by showcasing patient testimonials, positive reviews, and achievements in professional development.

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    Dr. Andrea Tooley @dr.andreatooley
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    Dr. Tooley is an oculoplastic and orbital surgeon at the Mayo Clinic who is passionate about medicine and research. Her nearly 50,000 followers get an inside look at her trying out new surgical equipment, performing complex operations, and learning from other doctors. She’s effective at using Instagram as a networking platform and you’ll often see posts about conferences she’s attending and the peers she’s meeting.

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    Dr. Mike Varshavsk @doctor.mike
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    Dr. Mike Varshavski, known as Doctor Mike to his Instagram fans, is a big hit on this social media platform. He practices family medicine in New York and has more than 4 million followers. He makes the most of Instagram by connecting to prospective patients on a personal level with photos of his daily life (and his dogs!). His short videos and Instagram stories are also a big hit.

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    Dr. Hazel Wallace @thefoodmedic
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    If you’re looking for a doctor-foodie combo, check out Dr. Hazel Wallace. She’s known as The Food Medic and she focuses on good nutrition and healthy eating. Her recipes and tips for meal prep have brought in more than half a million followers. Dr. Wallace has a clean, consistent brand that uses custom graphics for her recipes and videos. She’s also a pro at creating informative carousels that explain complex medical conditions.

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