Kevin Pho

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Kevin Pho
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Born Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Residence Nashua, New Hampshire
Education Boston University
Occupation Internal medicine physician, blogger, commentator

Kevin Pho is an American physician of internal medicine with influence in social media on the subject of health care.[1][2][3] He is the founder and editor of,[4][5] a popular website visited by medical professionals.[6][7][8][9]

He writes on issues of medical technology in practice[7] and on doctors and patients engaging one another online and in social media.[10][2][11][12] Pho writes on and speaks about how physicians can cultivate online reputations,[10] and he is often cited on such issues.[13][14][15]

Early life and education[edit]

Kevin Pho was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He went to high school at University of Toronto Schools before attending Boston University, where he earned his B.A./M.D. in 1999. He then completed the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Boston University Medical Center.[1] As of 2013, he practices in Nashua, New Hampshire with the Nashua Medical Group.[1][edit]

In 2004, Pho started the blog, KevinMD, in response to positive feedback from patients who read his blog post about the Vioxx recall.[16][17] He had previously worked as a research for Google Answers, where he would answer questions by patients, and realized that patients did not seem to be getting the information they needed in the examination room.[16]

Pho frequently writes about the benefits of physicians using social media as a way to help patients locate reliable information about healthcare[17] and to communicate issues with medicine to the public and among colleagues.[18][19] Over 1,000 healthcare professionals contribute articles to[20]

In 2009, his blog received 1.4 million unique visitors. That year, Pho raised $1,000 to support the United Way of Greater Nashua by using his Twitter and Facebook profiles.[1]

Pho received criticism for posting an article about a surgeon whose supervisor intentionally harmed a patient during vascular surgery in order to provide a teaching opportunity.[21][22] Pho removed the story after it was determined to be fiction and apologized for not vetting its truth.[23]

Public speaking[edit]

Pho has appeared as a keynote speaker and panel member for the Massachusetts Medical Society, New England Journal of Medicine, Texas Medical Association, BlogWorld, and New Media Expo. He has been interviewed by CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and the Wall Street Journal.[24][25]


In 2013, Pho published Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices.[4][26][27]

Other writings[edit]

Pho is on USA Today’s board of contributors.[28] He is also a contributor to The New York Times’ “Room for Debate” and CNN.[29][30][31]

Pho claims that electronic health records interfere with face-to-face interaction physicians with their patients.(based on a Rand Corp survey). He claims the U.S. federal government spent $22 billion to encourage providers to make the transition from paper.[32]


Pho blogs on was called a "must-read blog" by Rebecca Ruiz of Forbes.[33] His Twitter account was recommended by CNN,[34] The Guardian,[35] and by Stat News.[3] His opinion pieces appear in multiple print and online media sources.[36][37]

In February 2010, Pho was listed in the New Hampshire Union Leader’s ‘Top 40 Under 40.’[38]

In January 2012, Pho was listed on Klout as the #1 healthcare social media influencer and #1 social media influencer in medicine.[39]


  1. ^ a b c d Pollock, Chelsey. "Dr. Kevin Pho harnesses the power of social media to practice medicine", New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester, 1 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b Ferdman, Roberto A. (1 April 2013). "What's keeping your doctor off Twitter". Quartz. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Branswell, Helen (30 December 2015). "18 must-follow Twitter accounts about health and medicine". STAT. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Frieden, Joyce (23 February 2014). "10 Questions: Kevin Pho, MD". Medpage Today. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Glover, Lacie (19 December 2014). "Are Online Physician Ratings Any Good?". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Haupt, Angela (21 November 2011). "How Doctors Are Using Social Media to Connect With Patients". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Pollock, Richard (10 October 2014). "Doctors, hospitals rethinking electronic medical records mandated by 2009 law". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Andrews, Wyatt (22 October 2007). "Defensive Medicine: Cautious Or Costly?". CBS News. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Walsh, Robert (2007). "Professionally Blogging, Blogging Professionally". Clear Blogging. Apress. pp. 97–129. ISBN 9781590596913. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Redstone, Kayla (7 February 2012). "Teaming up to make meaningful use of electronic health records". Canadian Medical Association Journal. 184 (2): E131–E132. doi:10.1503/cmaj.109-4090. ISSN 0820-3946. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Bartz, Andrea; Ehrlich, Brenna (8 August 2012). "Be careful when diagnosing your ailments online -". CNN. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  12. ^ Rochman, Bonnie (25 January 2013). "Can Public Health Messages Be Entertaining? ZDoggMD Thinks So". Time. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  13. ^ Terry, Ken (25 August 2016). "Why social media story sharing is vital for physicians today". Medical Economics. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  14. ^ Painter, Kim (11 April 2013). "Doctors urged to pause before they post, text or e-mail". USA Today. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  15. ^ Rubin, Rita (7 July 2010). "Some doctors join Facebook, Twitter; others wary". USA Today. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  16. ^ a b Parks, Troy (12 June 2016). "Physician behind KevinMD reveals how to leverage social media". AMA Wire. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Soloman, Susan (2014). Thielst, Christina, ed. Applying Social Medica Technologies in Healthcare Environments. Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-938904-68-4. 
  18. ^ Kennedy, Deirdre (13 March 2008). "Doctor Blogs Raise Concerns About Patient Privacy". NPR. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  19. ^ Kaldy, Joanne (October 2013). "Social Media: Is Practitioner Posting Problematic?". Caring for the Ages. 14 (10): 1–6. doi:10.1016/j.carage.2013.09.001. 
  20. ^ Kylstra, Carolyn (22 December 2014). "11 Ways To Spot Bogus Headlines About Your Health". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  21. ^ Hawryluk, Markian (8 July 2015). "Did a doctor really puncture a vena cava as a teaching moment?". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  22. ^ Brassington, Lain (10 July 2015). "Bad Surgeons and Good Faith". BMJ Blogs. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  23. ^ Oransky, Ivan (9 July 2015). "A Retracted Story About the OR Raises Questions". MedPage Today. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  24. ^ Goldstein, Jacob. “Health Blog Q&A: Our Doc in New Hampshire.” The Wall Street Journal. Jan. 8, 2008
  25. ^ World Congress Website. "Speaker Biography." Accessed Mar. 15, 2013
  26. ^ Chen, Pauline W. (21 March 2013). "Doctors and Their Online Reputation". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  27. ^ Sabin, James E. (1 November 2013). "Physician-Rating Websites". Virtual Mentor. 15 (11): 932–936. doi:10.1001/virtualmentor.2013.15.11.ecas2-1311. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  28. ^ USA Today website. "Opinion Columnists." Accessed Mar. 15, 2013
  29. ^ Pho, Kevin. “Despite flaws, health care law is still needed.” CNN. Mar. 26, 2012
  30. ^ Pho, Kevin. "Over 75? No PSA." The New York Times. June 15, 2012
  31. ^ Pho, Kevin. "Rejection Would Hurt Uninsured and Elderly." The New York Times. June 17, 2012
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  33. ^ Ruiz, Rebecca. "Must-Read Health Blogs", Forbes, 07 October 2009. Retrieved on 2011-9-20.
  34. ^ Sutter, John D. "Follow Friday: Health care reform on Twitter", "CNN", 16 October 2009. Retrieved on 2011-9-20.
  35. ^ Srinivas, Siri (19 February 2015). "Ten super-smart health Twitter feeds to follow now". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  36. ^ Weiner, John (4 March 2015). "A personal reflection on social media in medicine: I stand, no wiser than before". International Review of Psychiatry. 27 (2): 155–160. doi:10.3109/09540261.2015.1015503. ISSN 0954-0261. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  37. ^ Butcher, Lola (January 2010). "Oncologists Using Twitter to Advance Cancer Knowledge". Oncology Times. 32 (1): 8. doi:10.1097/01.COT.0000366137.51963.75. 
  38. ^ Charest, Bob. "Meet the NH's Best and Brightest." New Hampshire Union Leader. Feb. 1, 2010
  39. ^ Glenn, Brandon. “Who are Klout’s Top 10 healthcare social media ‘influencers’?” MedCity News. Jan. 6, 2012

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