Top 10 Social HealthMakers

Conversations on the Leading Edge

Each year, more than 240,000 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Experts have made great strides in identifying and treating the disease, yet thousands of men continue to die from it. In honor of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, SharecareNow 10 recognizes the doctors, advocates, caregivers, patients and journalists who are helping to spread awareness of prostate cancer, its risk factors and treatment options.
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  • http://theprostatedecision.wordpress.com/

    John McHugh, MD is a urologist who has been treated for prostate cancer. He authors the blog "Prostate Diaries" and wrote The Decision, a book that describes the decision-making process for the newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient. He is also the creator of the ProstateMD iPhone app, which provides information about prostate cancer decision-making. He performed his urological residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and now practices urology in Gainesville, Georgia. He is board-certified in adult and pediatric urology and is a partner of the Northeast Georgia Urological Associates.

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gabe-canales/

    Gabe Canales was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 35 and has made it his mission to raise younger men's awareness about the disease. Canales is the founder of Blue Cure Foundation, a nonprofit organization that strives to increase funding for research and encourage preventive "anticancer" dietary and lifestyle habits. He blogs for the Huffington Post and the Houston Chronicle, and speaks regularly around the U.S. to spread prostate cancer awareness.

  • http://AdvancedProstateCancer.net

    Joel Nowak is Director of Advocacy and Advanced Prostate Cancer Programs at Malecare, Inc., a patient-focused forum for men with prostate cancer, their families and healthcare providers. Nowak is a four-time cancer survivor living with advanced prostate cancer. He has written a free downloadable guide to advanced and recurrent prostate cancer, provided testimony at the FDA and guest-blogged for sites including PSA Rising and PatientPower. Nowak serves on the board of the New York State Prostate Cancer Coalition as scientific reviewer for the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Program, and as a mentor for advocates at the national meetings for the American Association of Cancer Researchers (AACR). He often speaks to groups of cancer survivors about patient empowerment and living with cancer. Nowak earned his MSW from the University of Michigan and his MA from the Teachers College of Columbia University.

  • http://KevinMD.com

    Kevin Pho, MD is the author of KevinMD.com (voted best medical blog in 2008), a contributor for USA Today and a primary-care provider at Nashua Medical Group. Forbes called KevinMD.com a "must-read health blog," and CNN named @KevinMD one of its five recommended Twitter health feeds. Dr. Pho received his medical degree and completed residency at Boston University School of Medicine and is a member of the 2010 class of New Hampshire's 40 Under Forty, which recognizes the state's emerging leaders. He is board certified in internal medicine and practices primary care in Nashua, New Hampshire.

  • http://MyNewYorkMinute.org

    Dan Zenka is the senior vice president of communications for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and author of the blog "My New York Minute." Zenka was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010 and started writing on his blog to share information and patient perspectives. He shares his personal experiences and stories of his journey with prostate cancer to encourage men to talk about prostate cancer. In addition, Zenka serves as a board member of Team Winter Foundation, an organization that supports prostate cancer research through athletic event fundraising efforts.

  • http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/

    Tara Parker-Pope is a columnist for The New York Times and writes their daily health blog, "Well." The blog features and stories focus primarily on small everyday decisions about food, family and fun that ultimately influence long-term health and happiness. The Newswomen's Club of New York recently recognized "Well" as the best blog of 2011. Prior to joining the publication, Parker-Poke wrote health and wellness articles for the Wall Street Journal's "Health Journal" column.

  • http://prostatecancerblog.net/

    Leah writes the blog "Living with Prostate Cancer: A Wife's Passion," which tells personal stories of dealing with prostate cancer through the eyes of someone close to a prostate cancer patient. Leah's blog is part of the network of blogs associated with Malecare, Inc., a patient-focused forum for men with prostate cancer and their families and healthcare providers.

  • http://prostatecancer.about.com

    Matthew Schmitz, MD is the About.com Guide to prostate cancer. He has worked closely with prostate cancer patients and their loved ones throughout his career. He has a passion for educating patients and their loved ones about prostate cancer, and for making their experience with the disease as easy as possible. Dr. Schmitz earned his MD from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He is currently a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

  • http://boston.com

    Deborah Kotz provides health and wellness information to readers on Boston.com through the blog "Daily Dose". She has been writing about health for two decades and previously worked as a senior writer for US News & World Report. Kotz attended Cornell University and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area.

  • http://www.foxnews.com/archive/author/dr-david-b-samadi/index.html

    David B. Samadi, MD is a health columnist for FoxNews.com and serves as the Vice Chairman, Department of Urology and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. A board-certified urologist, Dr. Samadi is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of urologic diseases, kidney cancer, bladder cancer and prostate cancer. He performs many advanced, minimally invasive treatments for prostate cancer, including laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic robotic radical prostatectomy.

Methodology: How is influence measured?

Influencers included in “SharecareNow 10: Prostate Cancer” have demonstrated influence within prostate cancer conversations online. Influence is calculated through a proprietary algorithm based on more than 40 individual metrics, including disease-area relevance and online syndication, presence and reach. All metrics are based on content produced over the past year (from the list’s publish date) across multiple online channels, including Twitter, blogs, forums, mainstream news and video.

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Release: September 19, 2012    |   Source: Sharecare Now, powered by WCG: data on file