This is our first annual awards to recognize the incredible healthcare professionals making a difference in the healthcare community. Although we recognize there are many more that are profoundly impacting the industry, this award is our attempt to highlight some of the most noticeable professionals from several different disciplines.

The recipients of this award demonstrate what it means to be #ThrivingInHealthcare. This campaign signifies a person excelling in their work role, making a statement in their profession, and thriving in all areas of life.  #ThrivingInHealthcare doesn’t mean you are perfect – no one is. Rather, this campaign symbolizes dedication to growth and a determination to live your best life. We believe we all have a role to play to shape a better healthcare industry, and the way in which we start that is by giving ourselves the template to do so.

How are you #ThrivingInHealthcare? What lights you up about the work you do? How are you using your role to improve our industry? We want you to join in on the campaign. Share your story on social media using the hashtag and share your definition of what it means to thrive in healthcare.

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Physicians - Part 2

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:
Kristamarie Collman, MD

Handle and/or Site:

IG: @drkristamarie

This Family Medicine Physician inspires us to dream big and to step into our purpose. Dr. Kristamarie demonstrates that you don’t need a certain ‘perfect’ background to pursue your goals and create your own reality. She uses her platform to inspire other women to feel good, look good, and achieve more. Dr. Kristamarie used a powerful social media campaign #threefifthsaperson to bring the discussion of social injustice to the table. In her YouTube channel, Dr. Kristamarie shows tips and tricks to help women look and feel beautiful!

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:

Joyce Park, MD FAAD

Handle and/or Site:

@teawithMD

Website: www.teawithMD.com

What led you into healthcare?

My brother and I were often sick as kids and spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals. Seeing the huge impact the doctors had on us and our families made me want to pursue a career in medicine!

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in healthcare?

One of the most valuable lessons I have learned in my time as a physician is that you can’t take care of other people until you take care of yourself first. Being in medicine, we often put ourselves and our priorities dead last. We put off going to the doctor, going to the gym, eating healthy meals, etc. We rush around all day serving others because that is in our nature. But we need to slow down for a minute, and make sure we prioritize our health; otherwise, we cannot perform our jobs at our full potential.

What gets you up everyday?

Honestly, it is the ability to make a positive difference that day, whether it is in or outside of the hospital.

How do you use your platform to help others?

I founded teawithMD.com as a creative outlet for myself, a place to journal and write down thoughts and experiences during medical training. I realized that my experiences really resonated with many others! As I went through residency, and now that I’m a practicing dermatologist, I use my social media as a way to teach others about skincare, medicine, and the path to becoming a doctor. There is so much misinformation out there about medicine and healthcare, and I hope that by writing about medical topics in an easy to understand fashion, I can help get evidence-based science out to the public!

What’s your favorite book or podcast?

I have lots of favorite books; most recently I’m reading Bad Blood and Becoming, both excellent books. I JUST started exploring podcasts, and I’m loving my friend Dr. Natalie Crawford’s podcast “As a Woman.”

What’s your top tip on being successful?

Setting your goals early and clearly, and being flexible to new experiences as you work towards that goal. I knew that I wanted to be a physician but I didn’t know I would find my passion in journalism until a year-long fellowship opportunity fell in my lap during medical school! From that year sprang my interest in social media and blogging as well.

During stressful times, what are some of your favorite coping strategies?

I spend time with my husband, my friends, and my family, and I talk it out with them. Also, Netflix and ice cream!

What are you most excited for this year?

A few of us docs on Instagram are working hard on creating an organization for those interested in using social media in the medical space; check out ahsm.org for more information. I’m really excited to see where this leads!

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:

Pamela Mehta M.D

Handle and/or Site:

IG Handle @dr.pamelamehta

What led you into healthcare?

Its cliche but I wanted to help people and I was good at science.

What’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in healthcare?

To listen. Everyone has a story and if you just listen you will get all the info you need.

What gets you up everyday?

My family- my 2 kids and husband. I want to be better for them.

How do you use your platform to help others?

What initially started as a way to market my private practice morphed into a platform to empower women and share my life as a surgeon and mom.

What’s your favorite book or podcast?

Currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama and listening to Natalie Crawford’s #asawoman podcast and loving both.

What’s your top tip on being successful?

Work hard. ANYTHING can be achieved with a good work ethic.

During stressful times, what are some of your favorite coping strategies?

Working out is the best therapy for me.

What are you most excited for this year?

I think this truly is the year of the woman, I am excited to see what women will achieve this year!

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:

Cedric “Jamie” Rutland, MD

Handle and/or Site:

IG Handle : @drjrutland

Dr. Jamie’s role in medicine and online inspires many to reflect and live a purposeful life in healthcare. As a father raising two little ones, Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician, and founder of Medicine Deconstructed YouTube channel, Dr. Jamie dedicates his platform to not only educating others, but inspiring others to understand the why behind the things we do. Dr. Jamie advocates for learning how to think and adjust to the things happening in your life. Vice President of the Association for Healthcare Social Media, Dr. Jamie knows the importance of community through social media.

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:

Noor Amra, MD

Handle and/or Site:

IG Handle : @eyegirlmd

Dr. Noor consistently demonstrates the importance of standing up for what you believe in and pursuing your passions wholeheartedly. Dr. Noor is dedicated to serving her community with words of wisdom that touch us on such a deep level. She helps people see each day as an ophthalmologist and never stops learning. Dr. Noor states that she works to serve others and strives to do more than just earn a living. Dr. Noor is also a great role model for parents, raising a family with tons of nature exposure. We feel like we grow a little wiser every time we read one of Dr. Noor’s posts.

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