By Sabrine Elkhodr - 3rd Mar 2020 - The Medmastery show

15 kickass female doctors you should be following on Twitter

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 making unrivalled contributions to the medical field. 

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announced that 2017 was the first year that more women enrolled in U.S. medical schools than men—a pretty awesome feat given women were being barred from medical school just over a 100 years ago. 

That’s not surprising, of course. After all, we’re quoting the ever-wise queen of pop, Beyoncé–smart enough to make these millions, strong enough to bear the children…then get back to business. 

So in celebration of the countless kickass women who were in the business of making millions of lives longer and stronger, here’s a roundup of of the female doctors who are kicking ass in medicine and on Twitter! 


Lindsey Fitzharris | @DrLindseyFitz

Storyteller. Medical historian (Oxford, PhD). Conveyor of nightmarish history. Author: THE BUTCHERING ART. Host: @SmithsonianChan's CURIOUS LIFE AND DEATH OF…

Why you should follow her: Dr Fitzharris is also the creator of the blog ‘The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice’ and host of Youtube series, ‘Under the Knife’. Currently, she is working on a book that is centred around the story of Harold Gillies, the pioneering plastic surgeon who fused art and medicine to help those with horrific injuries from 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: On NBC, Dr Azar covers all health related and breaking medical news. In 2016, she was an Emmy nominee for her contribution to NBC News. 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. Now, she 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 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 | @randihepstein

MD & MPH, most recent book is AROUSED: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything, also adjunct at Columbia, Yale lecturer.

Why you should follow her: Dr Epstein is fascinated by how culture can influence medical treatment, public health and research and how one views certain treatments. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. 


Merry-Jennifer Markham | @DrMarkham

Chief of Heme-Onc & gyn med onc @UF | AD for Med Affairs @UFHealthCancer | SoMe Editor JCO (@ASCO_pubs) & @JNCI_Now | Mom of teens 

Why you should follow her: A clinical investigator and educator, Dr Markham specialty is in the field of gynecologic malignancies. “My research activities are focused participation in and development of clinical trials to promote novel drug application in the treatment of gynecologic cancers”. - Merry-Jennifer Markham.   

Julia Close | @JuliaLClose

Oncologist, DIO/Assoc Dean GME at Univ of Florida, mother, educator, quilter, runner

Why you should follow her: Dr Close is a clinician educator with a particular interest in the curriculum of general oncology and interactions with patients at the end of life. She helps with performance improvements in oncology and currently does this in her national role 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: She is most passionate about palliative care and has been awarded numerous awards for her contribution including ASCO-Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Award and AACR-GlaxoSmithKline Outstanding Clinical Scholar Award. Late last year, she co-wrote an article on how Artificial Intelligence systems could help oncologists, you can read it here. 


Narjust Duma, M.D | @NarjustDumaMD

Asst. Prof & Thoracic Oncologist @UWcarbone| Former Chief Fellow @MayoClinic. Lung Ca in Women. Diversity & Inclusion. Leader|Innovator|Co-founder @LatinasInMed

Why you should follow her: In 2018, she was recognised as resident of the year by the National Hispanic Medical Association. Dr Duma research focuses on under-represented patients in clinical trials and its effects on the treatment of cancer patients. 


Dr. Nicole Baldwin | @NicoleB_MD

Pediatrician MD, wife, mom, blogger #tweetiatrician #SoMeDocs 

Why you should follow her: Recently Dr Baldwin made headlines after receiving numerous threats after her for pro-vaccine Tik Tok 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 @ Sarah Cannon HCA Midwest | #breastcancer #bcsm | #clinicaltrials | #HOWPG #OncoAlert | Leader. Reader. Writer. Speaker.

Why you should follow her:  A leader in oncology and breast cancer research, Dr Graff also chairs several groups including the Breast Workgroup. Further, she has authored and co-authored 15 peer-reviewed journals. 


NancyMD, 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 writes and speaks about it alongside 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 


Dr. Christina Johns | @DrCJohns
Parent & Pediatric Emergency Physician•VP Communications & Senior Medical Advisor, PM Pediatrics•MD, MEd & #Evidencebased & #sciencebased tweetiatrician

Why you should follow her: In addition to being a senior medical advisor, Dr Johns is a regular medical contributor to ABC News Good Morning America. She’s also appeared as a medical advisor on CNN and a few Discovery shows. Plus her feed is fun to follow. 


Dr. Nahid Bhadelia | @BhadeliaMD

Infectious Dis MD, Assoc Prof; Dir.,Special Pathogen Unit @The_BMC,MedResponse BSL4 @neidl; Human Security @fletcherschool; HealthSyst/Outbreaks

Why you should follow her:  Dr Bhadelia is an infectious disease physician. During the West African Ebola epidemic, she was a clinician in several Ebola treatment units, alongside WHO and Partners in Health. She has been an advisory to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Defense. 

Diane E. Meier | @DianeEMeier

Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Why you should follow her:  An expert on palliative medicine, Dr Meier has published several books, over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has been interviewed numerous times on the subject. She is also the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship in 2008.