Spine surgeons on Instagram: 10 physicians building a following


More patients are using online platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and YouTube to seek information on medical conditions, treatment options and physicians. Spine surgeons, recognizing the value of social media, are using such platforms to build their brand, engage and educate patients, and strengthen their referral base.

Here are 10 spine surgeons making a name for themselves on instagram:

1. Elvis Francois, MD. Resurgens Orthopaedics (Atlanta)

Instagram followers: 276,000

Fellowship: Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston)

Residency: Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)

2. Daniel Choi, MD. Spine Medicine & Surgery of Long Island (Syosset, N.Y.)

Instagram followers: 18,300

Fellowship: Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Residency: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (Newark)

3. Chester Donnally III, MD. Texas Spine Consultants (Addison)

Instagram followers: 14,700

Fellowship: Rothman Orthopaedic Institute (Philadelphia)

Residency: University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

4. Fernando Villamil, MD. Spine by Villamil MD (Tulsa, Okla.)

Instagram followers: 13,500

Fellowship: Harvard Spine Fellowship

Residency: University of Puerto Rico (San Juan)

5. Steven Cyr, MD. SASpine (San Antonio)

Instagram followers: 12,000

Fellowship: Mayo Clinic

Residency: Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center (Lackland, Texas)

6. Greg Khounganian, MD. GSK Spine (Encino, Calif.)

Instagram followers: 11,600

Fellowship: Southern California Orthopedic Institute (Van Nuys, Calif.)

Residency: SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (New York City)

7. Jamie Gottlieb, MD. Gottlieb Spine (Denton, Texas)

Instagram followers: 11,400

Fellowship: Texas Back Institute (Plano)

Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)

8. Juan Uribe, MD. Barrow Neurological Institute (Phoenix)

Instagram followers: 6,400

Fellowship: University of Miami

Residency: Hospital San Vicente de Paul (Heredia, Costa Rica) and University of South Florida (Tampa)

9. Betsy Grunch, MD. The Longstreet Clinic (Gainesville, Ga.)

Instagram followers: 3,500

Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center (Durham, N.C.)

Residency: Duke University Medical Center

10. Michael Gallizzi, MD. The Steadman Clinic (Vail, Colo.)

Instagram followers: 3,000

Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center

Residency: University of Missouri-Columbia

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