Advisory Board of The Social MEDia Course

The mission of the Advisory Board of The Social MEDia Course is to ensure constant improvement and directions for future developments. The list of the Advisory Board Members in alphabetical order:

Larry Chu, MD is a practicing physician who runs the Anesthesia Informatics and Media (AIM) lab at Stanford University. He is an Associate Professor of Anesthesia on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Chu organized the Fourth World Congress on Social Media and Web 2.0 in Health, Medicine and Biomedical Research (Medicine 2.0 @ Stanford) in 2011. He is the Executive Director of Stanford Medicine X, a conference that aims to explore how emerging technologies will advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care. When not organizing conferences, Dr. Chu studies how information technologies can be used to improve medical education and collaborates with researchers in simulation and computer science at Stanford to study how cognitive aids can improve health care outcomes. Dr. Chu also has an NIH-funded clinical research laboratory where he studies opioid analgesic tolerance and physical dependence.

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Dr. Kevin Clauson directs the Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research at Nova Southeastern University where he holds appointments of Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Adjunct Association Professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine – Biomedical Informatics Program. Dr. Clauson has presented nationally and internationally on social media and medicine and teaches a course on Consumer Health Informatics & Web 2.0 in Healthcare. His research has received coverage from
sources including BBC Radio, Forbes, and the New York Times and he has served the profession in roles including Item Writer for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).

His website | Twitter

Anne Marie Cunningham, MD is a GP and Clinical Lecturer at Cardiff University Medical School. She is academic lead for e-learning, and has a track record of pioneering the use of new technology for undergraduate medical students. A prolific figure on Twitter, Anne Marie is a keen advocate of social media and runs a popular blog called ‘Wishful Thinking in Medical Education’.

Wishful Thinking in Medical Education| Twitter

e-Patient Dave deBronkart
Diagnosed in 2007 with advanced kidney cancer, e-Patient Dave deBronkart rapidly learned to use every aspect of empowerment, technology, and participatory medicine to beat the odds. A founding co-chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine, in 2009 he became an international spokesman for the e-patient movement, and in 2010 left his previous career to work full time in transforming healthcare.

E-Patient Dave | | Twitter

Dr. Vesselin Dimov
Ves Dimov, MD is Board-certified Internal Medicine Physician, Assistant Professor at University of Chicago, former Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University, Board-eligible Allergist and Immunologist, and Member of the New England Journal of Medicine Advisory Board for Students and Residents. He is the founder of, the most popular online case-based curriculum of clinical medicine, which has received more than 5 million page views since 2005. It was featured in 14 high-impact scientific journals and hyperlinked in the websites of 33 medical schools.

Clinical Cases and Images | Twitter

Lucien Engelen
Lucien Engelen has worked since 2007 at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre as Head of the regional acute healthcare network. He also advises the Board in terms of changes in healthcare enhancing the participation of the patients and their informal care in their own disease, working towards Participatory Healthcare. He has been organizing prestigious conferences focusing on health and social media. He is the curator of TEdxMaastricht.

Posterous | Twitter | Zorg 2.0 | ReShape

Dr. János Kollár is a clinical psychologist, music therapist, trainer and assistant professor of Debrecen University teaching medical communication, medical psychology and music therapy. He is the developer of KOLLAR program that focuses on five fields of education, namely: creativity improvement, presentation methods, learning technics, relaxation and proper application of the internet. As the president of the East-Hungarian Art Therapy Association he is also busy with improving life quality of people living with disabilities. The CARP (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Project) developed by him was accredited by the International SOFT Federation in 2011. He also works as an online psychologist helping people all over the world.

His website

Kerri Morrone Sparling
Kerri Morrone Sparling was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on September 11, 1986. She started her blog, Six Until Me, in May of 2005 because she was tired of Googling "diabetes" and coming up with little more than a list of complications and frightening stories. She couldn't find what she was looking for, so she decided to create the outlet for herself. One of the first diabetes patient bloggers, Kerri is also a freelance writer, diabetes advocate, and new media consultant. She speaks regularly at Health 2.0 conferences and contributes to many health websites and publications. | Disclosures| Twitter

Dr. Peter Murray is a registered nurse, educator and informatician. He started working in the NHS in the United Kingdom 30 years ago, first as a coronary/cardiac care nurse, before moving into nurse education. In parallel, he became involved in distance and online education, and in health and nursing informatics. He is currently CEO of IMIA, the International Medical Informatics Association. He has previously worked for The Open University in the UK, developing distance and online educational materials for nurses and other health professionals, and has experience of being a distance/online student. He is a Fellow and Chartered Information Technology Professional of the British Computer Society. His particular interests in using social media began with exploring collaborative blogging for virtual engagement with health informatics events, and have expanded to exploring wider social media use in all areas of individual and organisational use in health and care.

Twitter | His website

Lawrence Sherman, FACME, CCMEP has been involved in continuing medical education for the last 18 years. He has spent the majority of this time designing, developing, delivering and evaluating CME courses for physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world. He is a Fellow of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, a founding advisor to the NC-CME (the organization that certifies CME professionals in the US), an instructor at the Emergency Medical Institute at the Center for Learning and Innovation of the North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System in New York, has taught healthcare communications at the Center for Communicating Science at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, has lectured worldwide on topics including needs assessments and outcomes in CME, technology and innovation in CME, social media in medical education, and humor in medical education. He currently authors a column called Lighten Up (about the lighter side of medical education in Medical Meetings magazine and hosts Lifelong Learning, a radio show broadcast on ReachMD via satellite radio in the US and via and a mobile app for iphone and Android worldwide.


Bryan Vartabedian, MD an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and attending physician at Texas Children’s Hospital, America’s largest children’s hospital. Dr. Vartabedian has been present in the health blogosphere since 2006, he has been an active witness to the social health revolution and its influence on doctors and patients. Dr. Vartabedian has served as a consultant to a number of health care start ups and has independently advised health care organizations and national physician groups in the area of social media policy and strategy. As an active keynote/panel speaker in the area of social media, technology and the future of medicine, he has addressed numerous national organizations in the U.S. and abroad. He writes about the intersection of medicine, social media and technology on his blog, 33 charts. Dr. Vartabedian is currently working with faculty at Rice University in Houston to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum on the future of medicine. He will be co-teaching at Rice beginning in the spring of 2013.

His blog | Twitter