Dr. Michael Evans, or “Dr. Mike,” is known worldwide for his work in innovative health messaging to the public. His media lab ( www.evanshealthlab.com ) fuses creatives, patients and experts to pioneer “peer to peer healthcare”. Dr. Evans and his team tell evidence-based stories and make them engaging enough that people share in their social networks. His YouTube Med School for the Public (www.youtube.com/docmikeevans) has over 13 million views and over 65,000 subscribers.
Dr. Evans is the house doctor on CBC’s Fresh Air, was a doctor at the Sochi Olympics, and started a Medical School for the Public at the University of Toronto.
His work has been profiled in a wide range of publications from JAMA, the BMJ, and the Lancet, to the Readers Digest and the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”. Recent awards include being chosen as the top 10 innovators in health by the Canadian Medical Association, top 45 Canadians over 45, and the 2015 Canadian Cancer Research Alliance award for Distinguished Service to Cancer Research. In 2014 he was given the first worldwide endowed chair in Patient Engagement (and Childhood Nutrition) at the University of Toronto and awarded the 2015 McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of outstanding communication of science and medicine to the public.
Patient self-management, Patient education, health and media, technology, Design and Health, Chronic disease management, Health 2.0, patient education
Dr. Evans niche is patient engagement with new media. Previously his research was about improving primary care practice usually with an eye to chronic disease outcomes. Now he has shifted towards innovative practice in engaging the public or patients. He has partnered with people outside of medicine (e.g. film makers, designers, social media makers, patients) to make engaging evidence-based products. He also inserts this work into media such as radio and television.