Quick List of Influential MDs

I often enjoy hearing what medical doctors have to say about general well-being, and I find it increasingly interesting to see so many seemingly-equally-smart doctors fundamentally disagree with each other. But of course that’s how it is and always has been in every field. I guess it’s just more out in the open these days, which makes me glad to live in a time when a variety of medical perspectives are so easily accessible.

All of the doctors in the list below are authors as well and/or they maintain a public presence, and they’ve all made some impact on how I think.

Of course I may not necessarily agree with everything these doctors have said or done or written across the board, but I’ve found them to be worth at least some of my attention. Some of their insights have simply been intriguing to me. Some have been mildly helpful. And some have been life-changing and indispensable.

Dr. Scott Alexander (Pseudonym)
Author of the blog Slate Star Codex

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine
Website / Biography

Dr. Gabor Maté
Physician (de facto psychologist)
Website / Bio

Dr. Georgia Ede
Psychiatrist specializing in nutrition
Diagnosis Diet
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Dr. Atul Gawande
General / Endocrine Surgeon
Website / Bio
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Dr. Eric Sodicoff
Certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine
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Dr. Ted Naiman
Board-certified Family Physician
Burn Fat Not Sugar
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Dr. Yoni Freedhoff
Family Obesity Physician
Weighty Matters
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Dr. Shawn Baker
Orthopedic Surgery; [Controversial] ZERO-Carb Diet Proponent
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Dr. Sarah Hallberg
Osteopathic Medicine / Medical weight loss
Diet Doctor profile
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Dr. David Gorski MD, PhD
Surgical Oncologist
Respectful Insolence
Science Based Medicine

Dr. Steven Novella
Clinical Neurologist at Yale
Neurologica Blog
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe
Science Based Medicine

Dr. Daniel Kraft
Board Certified in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Fellowships in Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Website / Bio

Dr. David A. Kessler
Pediatrician (and former commissioner of the FDA)

Dr. James R. Doty
Neurosurgery @ Stanford
Stanford profile

Dr. Kevin Pho
Primary Care Physician
Website / Bio

Dr. Aseem Malhotra
Website / Bio