5 gastroenterologists to follow on Twitter

Want to fill your Twitter feed with other gastroenterologists? Here are five gastroenterologists sharing unique perspectives on the industry and life in general:

1. Andrew Albert, MD l @DrAndrewAlbert

Medical Director: Advocate Illinois Masonic Digestive Health Institute, Advisor: NCCRT 80% by 2018 Health System Initiative, Patient Advocate, Proud Dad/Husband

Dr. Albert is a Chicago-based gastroenterologist and Chicago-based Advocate Illinois Masonic Digestive Health Institute's medical director. Dr. Albert started #backoffcoloncanner, a viral campaign encouraging people to get screened for colon cancer. He found a simple way to raise screening awareness when he attached a handwritten sign to his back that said, "No more colon cancer. Get a colonoscopy or screening test today. Prevent colon cancer. #BackOffColonCancer." The campaign went viral with hundreds of users taking pictures of signs attached to their backs. Dr. Albert regularly tweets about colon cancer advocacy.

2. Bill Cassidy, MD l @BillCassidy

Gastroenterologist currently serving the people of Louisiana in the U.S. Senate

Dr. Cassidy is a conservative senator from Louisiana. He frequently tweets about GOP hot-button issues and important issues to the people of Louisiana. Dr. Cassidy also offers insights into his family life.

Editor's note: Dr. Cassidy's inclusion on this list is a not an endorsement of his political beliefs.

3. Austin Chiang, MD l @AustinChiangMD

Advanced Endoscopist, Clin Asst Professor. Director, Endoscopic Bariatric Program. Chief Medical Social Media Officer at @TJUHospital. Triple board certified.

As Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health's Chief Medical Social Media Officer, Dr. Chiang is a rising voice in the healthcare and gastroenterology arena. He shared insights with Becker's on patient-physician social media interaction and is incredibly active in the public realm. Dr. Chiang touts 3,053 followers.

4. Farzana Hossain, MD l @fr_hossain

Wife, mother, mentor, commissioner, @penn gastroenterology physician leader. Dedicated improving health care, boards gov. & community. Re/tweet not endorsement.

Dr. Hossain is a proponent for pay equality and women's rights in medicine. She frequently tweets about gender disparities in healthcare and offers her followers several sources to draw their own conclusions. Dr. Hossain is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania.

5. Scott R. Steele, MD l @ScottRSteeleMD

Chairman, Department of Colorectal Surgery, @ClevelandClinic; MBA @caseweatherhead; @BehindtheKnife; @fascrs_updates; ABCRS; @DCRjournal; @ClinicsColorec

Dr. Steele is a colon and rectal surgeon and the chairman of the Cleveland Clinic's department of colorectal surgery. Dr. Steele fills his feed with multiple different scientific perspectives on colorectal surgery and occasional glimpses into his family life and sports fandom. As a Diseases of the Colon & Rectum co-editor, Dr. Steele is abreast of the most pressing trends in colorectal surgery and frequently shares related content, including an episode of the Cleveland Clinic podcast Butts & Guts.

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