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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

5 Influential Patients in Social Media

Kelly Young, Kari Ulrich,Virna Elly at Mayo Clinic Social Media Summit 2011
There is a lot of talk about influential people in health care, many are lists of physicians, health care executives and organizations.  There is another group of that cannot be forgotten. Lets lead a discussion about influential patients. Here are some e-patients that have been most influential to me. Lets add on to this list! Let me know what e-patients are influencing you and why? What qualities makes a patient influential?

Kelly Young  Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis with humor, wisdom and strength.

Virna Elly  Fighting Diabetes with courage, intelligence and squirrels.

Laura Haywood-Cory  Fighting Heart Disease with compassion, empathy and determination.

Melissa Travis Fighting Lupus with grace, education and whit.

Sarah E. Kucharski  Fighting Fibromuscular Dysplasia with honesty, integrity and wombats.


  1. Kari, you should be sure to put yourself on this list!

  2. Great list of ladies, but what about the men patients?

  3. One for the list: Carolyn Thomas, another Mayo-trained heart disease survivor; she's one of the few (if not the only) WomenHeart champions in Canada:

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