Rohin Francis

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Rohin Francis
Rohin Francis presenting YouTube Educon.jpg
Francis presenting YouTube Educon in 2020
EducationUniversity College London
Known forSocial media presence
Medical career
YouTube information
Years active2017–present
GenreMedical education
(March 2023)
Total views~38.5 million[1]

Last updated: 4 Oct 2022

Rohin Francis is a British cardiologist, writer, comedian, and creator of the YouTube channel Medlife Crisis. He is working toward a PhD on imaging techniques for acute myocardial infarction. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Francis has created content that has looked to educate the public about medicine.

Early life and education[edit]

Francis attended medical school at St George's in London, and he trained as a physician at the Cambridge Deanery in Cambridge.[2] He specialises in cardiology.[3][4]



Francis is a PhD student at University College London, where he is studying the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a means to image acute myocardial infarction.[3]

Science communication[edit]

Francis is a science communicator, with a following of over 500,000 on his YouTube channel Medlife Crisis.[5] In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Francis started creating more serious YouTube videos, and has since discussed issues such as coronavirus disease, systemic racism and pseudoscience.[6] In an interview with Men's Health, Francis described why and how people needed to remain positive whilst acknowledging the seriousness of coronavirus disease.[7] He said that it was appropriate for coronavirus disease-related YouTube videos to be demonetised as it could mitigate the spread of misinformation.[8]

Public research[edit]

Francis has argued against the private ownership and licensing of publicly-funded research.[9] He criticised companies such as Elsevier for their high profit margins, earned by licensing primary research.[9] He has also publicly supported Alexandra Elbakyan, the creator of the website Sci-Hub, for her efforts to make research more accessible.[10]

Academic publications[edit]

Francis has also written for The Conversation, the journal The Medical Student, and The Guardian.[2][11]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "About Medlife Crisis". YouTube.
  2. ^ a b "Rohin Francis". The Conversation. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  3. ^ a b UCL (2019-09-09). "Rohin Francis". UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  4. ^ "Rohin Francis". The Conversation. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  5. ^ Premela (2020-02-14). "YouTube Channels Aspiring Medics Should Check Out". The Medic Portal. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  6. ^ COVID-19 and the NHS with Rohin Francis - Pager, retrieved 2020-06-06
  7. ^ Ellis, Philip (2020-03-14). "A Doctor Gives 6 Reasons to Be Optimistic About Beating Coronavirus". Men's Health. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  8. ^ Stokel-Walker, Chris (2020-03-30). "YouTube's Independent Creators Are Mad That They Can't Say 'Coronavirus'". Medium. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  9. ^ a b "The Biggest Scandal in Science". 2020-10-22. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  10. ^ "Should Knowledge Be Free? - YouTube". Medlife Crisis. Retrieved 2020-10-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Francis, Rohin (9 May 2016). "A good death should be doctors and patients' last life goal". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2020.