Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery 2017; 30(04): 233-239
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1604250
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History of Social Media in Surgery

Heather J. Logghe
Allies for Health, Reno, Nevada
Cedrek L. McFadden
Department of Surgery, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville, South Carolina
Natalie J. Tully
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas
Christian Jones
Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
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Publication Date:
12 September 2017 (online)


In many ways, the history of surgeons on Twitter echoes the initial resistance and ultimate mass adoption of laparoscopic surgery that led to the field of minimally invasive surgery. At its inception, social media was similarly met with skepticism and concerns of threats to professionalism. Despite these concerns, numerous surgeons and other physicians pioneered the use of social media to establish a virtual medical community and share scientific knowledge regarding a variety of topics including medical conferences, journal publications, and more. After these initial successes, surgeons' views have evolved, leading to mass adoption of social media and participation on Twitter as a means of professional networking and dissemination of science. This article chronicles that history.