A visit to the doctor’s office, while a necessity of life, has in many ways become an exercise in “going through the motions.”

Go in. Go through the standard checklist. Get a diagnosis and a prescription.

But the best doctors know, medicine and diagnosis is about much more than that. Patients don’t just want the same standard recommendations, and they don’t just want help when they’re sick…

the answer though, isn’t inside WebMD, or one more Google search.

Ultimately, we want to be empowered with the right information so we can take control over our health.

And each year, our Doctors Award goes out to one M.D. that has given the most helpful, real health information that patients and non-patients alike can take away and use to improve their health.

So we’re proud to announce the winner of 2016 and the rest of the nominees for for 2017…

Winner for 2016

A Hungarian medical doctor, with a PhD in genomics, Bertalan Mesko is a pioneer researcher in digital health technologies that will impact the future of health. No one as the Medical FuturistSM, Mesko publishes heavily in professional medical journals while teaching students at Semmelweis University, a leading European medical school and leading master classes at other universities. An Amazon Top 100 author, he also publishes widely in publications such as Time Magazine, Forbes, WIRED, and the New York Times, while appearing on CNN and BBC. With over 3,000,000 readers on his blog, he is a Top Voice on LinkedIn and a popular keynote speaker on healthcare technology.

Nominees for 2017

Paul Sommier

A number one influencer in digital health, Paul Sommier is trained with a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, an MBA, and certification in project management. His background in medical devices, aerospace, and consumer mobile and so your devices, has made him a leading spokesman for the field of digital health. A sought-after business strategist, keynote speaker, and social entrepreneur with active groups on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter and a popular monthly newsletter, he has popularized the concept of digital health and genomics.

Christina Farr

Prominent health and technology journalist Christina Farr contributes to the Fast Company newsletter, as well as having bylines in the Washington Post, Mashable, SFGate, and more. On media outlets such as NBC news, CNN, and NPR, she shows the relationship of health and technology with genetics, biotechnology, health IT, wearables, and workplace culture. Named in digital health reporter of the year by Rock Health and one of the top women in technology by Refinery 29, she specializes in delivering practical stories that show how innovative technology is influencing treatment at the local leve

Susannah Fox

Former Chief Technology Officer of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Susannah Fox spent 14 years at the Pew Research Center engaged in the study of how Internet technology impacts healthcare, where she was influential in promoting technology such as 3-D printing and voice to text technology Trained as an anthropologist rather than an engineer or doctor, she used her background to point healthcare professionals towards structural solutions and innovation.

Dr. Sherry Paguto

A University of Massachusetts Medical School professor and a clinical psychologist, Dr. Sherry Paguto is a specialist on obesity and weight loss who has advocated the use of mobile apps and social media as tools for weight control. Well-published in professional journals, or work is also appeared in Time, Huffington Post, WebMD, The Washington Post, and on many news outlets. Her #Plankaday post on twitter is one of the 10 most popular health hashtags on the social media site.

Dr. Brennan Spiegel

As the director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE), gastroenterologist Dr. Brennan Spiegel manages a multidisciplinary team that investigates upcoming digital health technologies, such as smartphone application, wearable biosensors, virtual reality, and social media. He believes that digital technology can strengthen the doctor-patient bond while improving health outcomes and save money. His group unites clinicians with computer scientists, engineers, statisticians, and health services researchers to invent, test, and implement digital innovations. His work has placed him on the Top 100 Influencer lists at number 13 for health and number 14 for digital reality. Widely published, Dr. Spiegel has been featured on major media outlets such as NBC News, PBS, Forbes, Bloomberg, NPR and Reuters.

Evan Kirstel

Currently the Director Strategic Alliances for Sonus Networks, Evan Kirstel  is among the top most influential B2B marketers in the US. With 123K+ followers on Twitter and 14 K connections on LinkedIn, Kirstel works with a high-profile client base to help them develop social media presence as an aid to sales networking, visibility, engagement with customers, and lead generation.

Adam Falat

The Senior UX of Digital Health at Walgreen’s since 2011, Adam Falat oversees the technology for the company’s pharmacy and health division. Using human centered design practices and emerging technologies, he has shaped the company’s approach to telemedicine, prescription adherence, helping behavior change, and other digital health issues by promoting connected apps and wearable technology. He has helped make his 115-year-old company number 35 on the Fortune 500 list, while making for a uniformly pleasant customer experience throughout the chain. Falat was named to the list of 40 under 40 list by Medtech Boston in 2015.

Jon Mertz

Vice president of marketing at Corepoint Health, Jon Mertz works to develop Millennial leadership through the Thin Difference, an organization that inspires each generation to share their experiences and raise the standard of leadership. By working together, generations, functional groups, partners, and individuals can find a common ground that enables them to work together. Jon also is one of the 2014 Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Founder of THINK-Health, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist, communicator, and self-proclaimed trend weaver. She has advised a range of stakeholders in health, including tech, bio/life sciences, providers, plans, financial services, food, and consumer goods throughout the US and Europe. Author of the popular Health Populi blog, Jane is a speaker and author who has been named one of the Top 100 influencers and brands in digital health, one of the top 100 economists online one of the top 5 women in healthcare blogs, and one of 25 health care leaders to follow on Twitter.

Nick Adkins

Digital health evangelist Nick Adkins is a co-founder and former COO of the telemedicine startup ReelDX Inc., which specializes in asynchronous video which records and forwards video as opposed to transmitting live. After years as a corporate executive, he abandoned traditional business wear for a more casual, personalized style. With over 22,000 Twitter followers, he promotes digital health online and at conferences

Frank Kumli

An executive director in Ernst & Young’s Global Life Sciences practice based in Basel, Switzerland, Frank Kumli is an innovator in healthcare delivery who specializes in innovative business models for life sciences companies. Rather than planning on revenue from the sale of products, he promotes companies finding new income streams that go “beyond the pill.” He is heavily involved in the Pharma 3.0 Progressions studies exploring changing healthcare ecosystems and evolving pharmaceutical business models.

Brian Ahier

A nationally known expert on health information technology, Brian Ahier is the digital health evangelist at Medicity, the HIE subsidiary of Aetna’s Healthagen business. His areas of interest include machine learning, artificial intelligence, and combining siloed sources of data, all of which can impact the health care of the future. A prolific writer in industry journals and an avid twitter user with 40,000 followers, he received the 2017 Digital Health Evangelist award given by Rock Health, Goldman Sachs, Square 1 Bank, and Fenwick & West.

Maneesh Juneja

Appearing on the Top 10 list of most influential people in Digital Health ever uses 2014, Maneesh Juneja is a Digital Health Futurist who examines how emerging technologies can converge make the world a healthier and happier place. His work is propelled by one director: Finding ways to use data to improve the health of 7.5 billion people on Earth. He is also a health data analytics expert, TEDx speaker, FutureMed alumnus, and founder of Health 2.0 London.

Mike Biselli

After a brilliant college football career, Mike Biselli brought the same passion  he exhibited on the football field to the field of medical devices. After working with several prominent companies, he recognized the potential of digital health technology to significantly improve medical outcomes, which led him to open his own health startup MedPassage to connect buyers and sellers of medical implants online. He sold the company in 2013, but is dedicated to bringing digital health innovation to the US healthcare industry.