5 Fresh Medical Voices


I love finding new physician voices.  Here are a few that I’ve been peeking at over the past couple months.  They’re worth checking out.

Linda Pourmassina.  Linda is an internist in Seattle and one of the finest writers in the medical blogosphere.   You can find her over at Pulsus where she offers commentary on an eclectic mix of medical goodness ranging from social media to the subtleties of patient interaction.  Really good stuff.  Check out The Internet and Delusional Thinking.  Beyond her blog, Linda’s Twitter output is the perfect balance of valuable links and dialog.  Put her in your feed and she’ll bring you good things.

Chris Porter.  Chris is a surgeon who has been writing at On Surgery, Etc. since April.  This guy has an incredible voice and offers rare insight into the experience of the surgeon.  He has a remarkable way of seeing medicine at its most granular level.  When he corrals his narrative in just the right way I expect we may see him on the new release table at Barnes & Noble.  Check out his experience as a surgeon in Guatemala.  And from the narrow column Blogger template to the liberal use of crazy images, his site offers the raw feel of some of the vintage medical bloggers.  His bio reflects the mindset of a next-gen physician: I’m Phoenix-based and world oriented.  How can you resist that?

Aaron Stupple.  If I were a medical student I’d be thinking like Aaron.  He writes at The Adjacent Possible where he drills down on some of the pressing issues at the interface of medicine and technology.  He’ll help you think about the where the next generation sees themselves heading.  And if this makes any sense, he writes in a way that I like to read. Of course, he had me at The Adjacent Possible, a concept popularized in Steven B Johnson’s book, Where Good Ideas Come From.  Apparently Aaron and I think alike. While he’s only been at it since late 2010 I’m interested to see where he takes this.

Jin Packard.  Jin Packard at Fresh White Coat is another real voice representing the future of our profession.  He’s been at it since late 2010 and brings together a collection of material reflective of someone thinking ahead of the curve.  He’s even been courageous enough to try to bring his medical school to task on its social media presence. If you ever find yourself discouraged with the future of the medical profession, read Jin.  And I love his site design. On Twitter he’s @JinPack.

Franz Weisbauer/Lukas Zinnagl.  These guys write at Medcrunch. They kicked in late last year with the goal of  ‘creating a new kind of online magazine, that deals with topics that you won’t find in the NEJM or The Lancet – topics that will change the way you view the practice of medicine.’ I have to admit that every post I read makes me say, ‘why didn’t I think of that?’  Check out Signal vs Noise in Patient Care.  Follow them on Twitter @MedCrunch.

I’m always looking for fresh, new voices.  Who else should I read?