Emergency Physician, Royal Alexandra Hospital and Stollery Children’s Hospital
After a long shift in the ER providing life-saving care for patients, Shazma Mithani goes home to tweet. With 20,000+ followers on Twitter — and 3,000+ more on other social media platforms — she uses her expertise to share useful, trust-worthy health-care advice to help empower others.
She has shared original content on everything from how to stop nose bleeds to debunking anti-vaccination myths, and has found an engaged and grateful audience. At a time when TikTok’s search engine is said to be more accurate than Google’s, Mithani is meeting people where they are — on social media.
“Many parents said that seeing the evidence-based information that I put out there helped them make the decision to vaccinate their own children. It’s pretty touching to have that direct feedback.”
Mithani first took to sharing content on social media during the early — and confusing — days of the pandemic, and has only grown her platform in an effort to advocate for Alberta’s healthcare system. “Every single person should have access to the same care for free. If I can ease the burden on emergency rooms, and ensure our health-care system remains intact and accessible, I’m happy to take that time out of my schedule to do that.”
Why She’s Top 40
She saves lives and — get this — uses social media for good.