6 orthopedic surgeons growing their TikTok audiences

Carly Behm -  

TikTok has gained popularity in recent years with its short-form videos setting global trends. For many orthopedic surgeons, TikTok has helped them educate followers about their work.

Here are six surgeons leveraging the platform:

Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Surgeons are listed in alphabetical order. Follower counts are as of April 12.

Cory Calendine, MD. Dr. Calendine, who practices at the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee in Franklin, has more than 105,000 followers. His account combines trending sound clips with behind-the-scenes looks in the operating room. One video, which has more than 2 million views, explains why surgeons arrive early in the morning for surgeries.

Matthew Harb, MD. Dr. Harb, who practices at the Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics in Bethesda, Md., has more than 378,000 followers. Many of his videos provide educational commentary on other popular TikToks. He also shows what surgical prep looks like for some patients.

Michael Hay, MD. Dr. Hay, who practices at Graham Regional Medical Center in Texas, has 139,000 followers, and his profile shows up-close videos of how surgical implants and equipment work. He has responded to questions from his followers on topics from hip replacement complications and advice for medical students.

Pamela Mehta, MD. Dr. Mehta, who founded Resilience Orthopedics in San Jose, Calif., has more than 134,000 followers. She is TikTok's first female orthopedic surgeon, according to her bio. A 2021 video describing sexism she experienced in the workplace has more than 18 million views.

Chris Raynor, MD. Dr. Raynor, who practices at Cornwall Community Hospital in Ontario, has more than 137,000 followers. In addition to orthopedic content, he shares videos from his personal life from his workout routines to his cat. He shared his education route to become an orthopedic surgeon in one video that garnered more than 1 million views.

Charles Toulson, MD. Dr. Toulson, who founded Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in McKinney, Texas, has more than 30,000 followers, and he is a hip and knee specialist. Some of his videos showcase his patients' progress weeks after joint replacements and the tools he uses at his practice.

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