Medicine has traditionally been a very male-dominated profession. The days when women were not allowed into medical school aren’t that far behind us and yet, in a relatively short period of time, female doctors have made leaps and bounds in their unrivalled contributions to the medical field.
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) cited 2017 as the first year that more women were enrolled in U.S. medical schools than men—a pretty awesome feat given that women were barred from medical school just over a 100 years ago.
That’s not surprising, of course. Quoting the ever-wise queen of pop, Beyoncé—we’re smart enough to make these millions, strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business...
So in celebration of the countless kick-ass women who are in the business of making millions of lives longer and stronger, here’s a roundup of the female doctors who are extraordinary in medicine—and on Twitter!
Lindsey Fitzharris MD | @DrLindseyFitz
Storyteller. Medical historian. Conveyor of nightmarish history. PhD, University of Oxford. Author: The Butchering Art. Host: @SmithsonianChan's Curious Life and Death of…
Why you should follow her: In addition to these achievements, Dr Fitzharris is also the creator of the blog The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice and host of the YouTube series Under the Knife. Currently, she is working on a book that features the story of Harold Gillies, the pioneering plastic surgeon who fused art and medicine to help patients who suffered horrific injuries during World War I.
Natalie Azar, MD | @DrNatalieTV
NBC News Medical Contributor. Clinical Assistant Professor of Rheumatology, NYU Langone Medical Center.
Why you should follow her: Dr Azar covers all health-related and breaking medical news on NBC. In 2016, she was an Emmy nominee for her contributions to NBC News and, naturally, her feed is full of the content she covers on NBC. Her expertise is in the field of arthritis and autoimmunity.
Jennifer Arnold, MD | @JenArnoldMD
Mom. Neonatologist. Simulation Educator. Cancer survivor. Co-star of #LittleCouple #tweetiatrician #FOAMed.
Why you should follow her:Previously, Dr Arnold led the Simulation Centre at Texas Children’s Hospital. She currently speaks and writes about simulation techniques and their benefits in medical education. Her feed is contagious and full of smiles from herself, her colleagues, and her patients!
Nusheen Ameenuddin MD MPH MPA FAAP | @namd4kids
#tweetiatrician/Chair-AAP COCM/@mnaap Board/LifelongLearner/#MedEd
Why you should follow her:Dr Ameenuddin is super-passionate about helping under-served and immigrant peoples who face certain barriers in accessing healthcare. In 2017, she was the recipient of the AAP Educational Excellence Award.
Randi Hutter Epstein MD MPH | @randihepstein
Author (most recent book): Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything. Adjunct professor at Columbia University. Lecturer at Yale University.
Why you should follow her:Dr Epstein is fascinated by the ways in which culture can influence medical treatment, public health, and research, as well as the ways in which individuals view certain treatments. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, and The Guardian.
Merry-Jennifer Markham MD | @DrMarkham
Professor and Chief of Heme-Onc and Gyn Med Onc @UFMedicine. AD Med Affairs @UFHealthCancer. SoMe Editor #JCO @ASCO_pubs and @JNCI_Now. Mom of teens.
Why you should follow her:A clinical investigator and educator, Dr Markham's specialty is in the field of gynecologic malignancies. My research activities are focused on participation in, and the development of, clinical trials to promote novel drug applications in the treatment of gynecologic cancers.—Merry-Jennifer Markham
Julia Close MD | @JuliaLClose
Oncologist. DIO. Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education, University of Florida. Mother. Educator. Quilter. Runner.
Why you should follow her: Dr Close is a clinician and educator with a particular interest in the general oncology curriculum as well as interactions with patients at the end-stage of life. She works toward performance improvements in oncology and currently pursues this goal in her national roles on the VA FAC and ASCO’s Workforce Advisory Group Committee.
Ishwaria Subbiah, MD MS | @IshwariaMD
MD Anderson #PalliativeCare MedOnc Physician. Practicing comprehensive compassionate data-driven #SupportiveCare. Studying patient reported outcomes #gerionc #hpm.
Why you should follow her:Dr Subbiah is passionate about palliative care and has received numerous awards for her contributions, including the ASCO-Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Award and the AACR-GlaxoSmithKline Outstanding Clinical Scholar Award. Late last year, she co-wrote an article on how artificial intelligence (AI) systems can help oncologists. You can read it here.
Narjust Duma, MD | @NarjustDumaMD
Assistant Professor and Thoracic Oncologist @UWcarbone. Former Chief Fellow @MayoClinic. Lung cancer in women. Diversity and inclusion. Leader. Innovator. Co-founder @LatinasInMed.
Why you should follow her: In 2018, Dr Duma was recognized as Resident of the Year by the National Hispanic Medical Association. Dr Duma's research focuses on underrepresented patients in clinical trials and its effects on the treatment of cancer patients.
Nicole Baldwin, MD | @NicoleB_MD
Pediatrician. Wife. Mom. Blogger #tweetiatrician #SoMeDocs.
Why you should follow her:Recently, Dr Baldwin made headlines after receiving numerous threats when her pro-vaccine TikTok video went viral. In her spare time, she writes on her blog Confessions of a Type A Dr Mom.
Stephanie Graff, MD FACP | @DrSGraff
Breast Oncologist and Director of the Breast Program at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute HCA Midwest Health. #breastcancer #bcsm. #clinicaltrials. #HOWPG #OncoAlert. Leader. Reader. Writer. Speaker.
Why you should follow her: A leader in oncology and breast cancer research and prevention, Dr Graff also chairs several groups including the Breast Workgroup. She is passionate about personalized care for her patients. In addition, she has authored and co-authored 15 peer-reviewed journals.
Nancy Yen Shipley, MD FAAOS | @_NancyMD
Orthopaedic surgeon. Mom. Wife. Foodie. Renaissance woman. Sense of humor is mandatory. Yes, you can keep the paper shorts!
Why you should follow her:Dr Yen Shipley is passionate about sharing her path to medicine with others, and often writes and speaks about it alongside her work on bone and joint issues. She has developed an online curriculum for those striving to do more with their lives. She is a regular contributor at KevinMD.com.
Christina Johns, MD MEd| @DrCJohns
Parent. Pediatric Emergency Physician. VP Communications and Senior Medical Advisor @pmpediatrics. #Evidencebased and #sciencebased tweetiatrician.
Why you should follow her: In addition to being a senior medical advisor, Dr Johns is a regular medical contributor to the ABC network show, Good Morning America. She has also appeared as a medical advisor on CNN and on Discovery Channel. Plus, her feed is fun to follow!
Nahid Bhadelia, MD | @BhadeliaMD
Infectious Disease Physician. Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University. Director, Special Pathogens Unit @The_BMC, MedResponse BSL4 @neidl. Human Security @fletcherschool. Health system–outbreaks.
Why you should follow her:Dr Bhadelia is an infectious disease physician. During the West African Ebola virus epidemic, she was a clinician in several Ebola treatment units, alongside of the WHO and Partners in Health. She has been an advisory to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense.
Diane E. Meier, MD | @DianeEMeier
Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Why you should follow her:An expert in palliative medicine, Dr Meier has published several books, over 200 peer-reviewed papers, and has been interviewed numerous times on the subject. She was also the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship in 2008, an award given to individuals who demonstrate "extraordinary originality and dedication" in their work.