5 Fresh Medical Voices

May 29, 2011

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?


Mike May 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Great suggestions! Always looking for new people to read!

Samantha Gluck May 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Great list! While I enjoy reading the ‘tried and true’ medical sites, it’s always great to have some fresh perspectives to learn from.


Mike Moore May 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Nice list! Aaron in particular has been a favorite of mine for a while…

I would also commend to you AnneMarie Cunningham, from the UK. She blogs at http://unhub.com/amcunningham/ “Wishful thinking in medical education ” and and as a Lecturer in a Medical School in the UK she focuses on the real “what-ifs” facing medical students and social media right now, as they hold that iPhone or Droid in their hands.

Thanks for the share, Dr. V

Jin Packard May 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Dr. V, thank you for the boost – I function better with added pressure.

Christopher Bayne May 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I enjoy Danielle Jones’ Mind on Medicine: http://focusdoctor.blogspot.com/. Her Medical Education Mondays, which feature medical students from different parts of the world talking about their medical education system, have been neat reads.

Linda Pourmassina, MD May 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Thanks, Bryan, for the compliment. In particular, it’s nice to read that you consider mine a “fresh” voice, as it is hard to know whether there is anything really “new under the sun” online and as it relates to healthcare writing.

Your blog is a great example and serves as inspiration for me to keep writing.


Emily Gibson May 30, 2011 at 12:56 am

Although my blog “Barnstorming” is not exclusively consisting of my medical writing, this essay on the hazards of removing pubic hair was republished on kevinmd.com and has gotten quite a bit of interesting response:


Dial Doctors May 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Great suggestions. I checked out each blog and they all offer so many different things. I love how you provided detailed explanations as to why we should read these. Hopefully our upcoming blog will make one of these lists!

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