Physician keynote speaker: Kevin Pho, MD

“World class.  Truly something special.”

“The highest-rated speaker that we’ve ever had.”

“It was like having our own TED talk.”

Make your event memorable with an inspirational KevinMD keynote!

Kevin Pho, MD is a health care social media leader since 2004, a practicing, board-certified internal medicine physician, a national media commentator, host of the only daily medical podcast, The Podcast by KevinMD, and co-author of the book, Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices.

These perspectives define his unique social media journey, and his story has brought audiences to their feet.

Kevin shares his story nationwide with both clinicians and non-clinicians, and regularly keynotes major conferences:

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, CHEST, National Council for Behavioral Health, Pri-Med
  • Florida Medical Association, Kansas Medical Society, Kentucky Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society, Ohio State Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Washington State Medical Association
  • American Medical Writers Association, HealtheVoices, Planetree International Conference

Media appearances include the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, New England Cable News, ReachMD XM Radio, Sirius XM Radio’s Doctor Radio, and WNYC-New York Public Radio’s The Takeaway.

Kevin built the KevinMD platform from scratch in 2004.  It now receives over 3 million monthly page views, and exceeds 250,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter.  Kevin was named the web’s top social media influencer in health care and medicine. The New York Times called KevinMD “a highly-coveted publishing place for doctors and patients.” Forbes called KevinMD a “must-read health blog.” And CNN named @KevinMD one of its five recommended Twitter health feeds.

He is also a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors, and his opinion pieces appear in both national and local publications, including USA Today,, the New York Times, Medscape, AOL News, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and the Nashua Telegraph.

Find out how social media’s leading physician voice can highlight your event.



What you can expect

Kevin accepts engagements from speakers bureaus, or you can book direct by contacting Kevin.

Here’s what you can expect when you choose the KevinMD keynote experience:

1. Direct interaction with Kevin Pho, MD.  Kevin personally handles everything about his appearance, including technical logistics and travel.

2. Prompt replies. Often within an hour.

3. Quick turnaround for paperwork. Any bureaucratic request is typically completed within a day.

4. A dynamic keynote.  Designed to educate, inspire, and entertain your audience, Kevin’s keynotes are sensory feasts that embrace contemporary keynote techniques.

5. Promotion. Kevin will promote his appearance on the KevinMD platform, which receives over 3 million monthly page views, and exceeds 250,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter.

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What does Kevin speak about?

Kevin’s signature keynote, “Connect and be heard: Make a difference in health care with social media,” takes your audience through Kevin’s social media journey since 2004.  With video, audio, and an emphasis on storytelling, he inspires audiences to use social media and be health care influencers in the following ways:

  • Strengthen the doctor-patient relationship
  • Make your voice heard in the health reform conversation
  • Turn the tide against clinician burnout
  • Define an online reputation
  • Share your health care story
  • Connect with mainstream media
  • Respond to clinician rating sites

These topics can be specifically tailored to your audience.

Kevin’s keynote can be adapted to both clinicians and non-clinicians, and customized to a length ranging from 30 to 90 minutes.

Kevin is very comfortable doing question and answer sessions, and is happy to answer any questions from your audience.

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Why choose Kevin?

There are many doctors who are practicing, board-certified internal medicine physicians.

There are some doctors who are influential keynote speakers.

And there are a handful of doctors who built an online social media platform from scratch that reaches millions.

But there is only one doctor who is all three.

Kevin’s singularly unique background, expertise, and skillset make his story resonate and gives him the credibility to change minds, empower, and inspire.

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Event planners!

You are the true heroes.  Planning a conference is stressful, with lots of moving parts.  As an experienced keynote speaker for conferences both large and small, Kevin aims to make your job easier.  When was the last time you heard that?

In addition to lightning-quick responses, Kevin will immediately supply the following to help your event run smoothly:

  • Precise technical requirements
  • Written biography and suggested introduction
  • High-resolution headshot and speaking image
  • Kevin’s cell phone number

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Kevin’s sizzle reel

Kevin’s extended video demo

Standing ovation for Kevin’s keynote

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What others are saying

“Dr. Pho’s keynote presentation at our annual members meeting was truly, just perfect. Extremely rich in content, and a delivery that is world class.

Anytime a presentation keeps physicians of all ages and specialties both engaged and entertained, you know it is something special.”
Jerry Slaughter, executive director, Kansas Medical Society

“Dr. Pho delivered one of the top 10 presentations I’ve had the privilege of hearing. He was both entertaining and intriguing, thoughtful and thought-provoking, delivering a strong intellectual appeal and call to action.”
Jim Cozzarin, former president, American Medical Writers Association

“I recently attended Pri-Med South. Your talk happened to be scheduled at a convenient time for me to attend; I was not sure I was interested in social media and medicine.

But I am so happy I did go, as it was one of the best lectures I have EVER heard in over 40 years of practicing medicine. I just retired from family practice and never realized the power that social media can have in so many areas: improving patient communication, having a louder voice in policy and legislation, and having a place to share opinions.

Thank you for your enthusiasm, common sense, clarity, and willingness to share your great ideas and extensive knowledge in this field that doctors of my age may entirely ignore. What a mistake that would be.”
Jonathan Littman, MD

“I want to thank you for addressing the Texas Medical Association at its annual meeting, TexMed. We have been reviewing the results of the conference, and your presentation stands out as a truly memorable experience for our membership. You obviously spent a great amount of time preparing your very thoughtful remarks for us, and we deeply appreciate it.

Again, thanks so much for all of your work in anchoring our educational sessions at TexMed 2017.”
David C. Mackey, MD, chair, 2017 Texas Medical Association Annual Meeting

“Dr. Kevin Pho is a remarkable and dynamic speaker! His insight and expertise in social media make it practical and easy to understand.”

“I would rate Dr. Pho with a million stars in each category if I could. He is the voice of our generation of physicians.”

“The best talk I’ve ever attended at any Pri-Med conference!”

“This was my favorite presentation. Dr. Pho is the best public speaker I’ve seen in a long time. I would love to see him again in the future.”

“The best of Pri-Med. This speaker was marvelous, informative, engaging.”

“This was an excellent presentation. Kevin Pho was not only funny, but he also made a real case of the importance of social media. It may make a real difference between success or failure in any business attempt.”

“Best presentation of the entire conference. Dr. Pho was an excellent speaker and very inspirational.”
Pri-Med South, keynote evaluations

“Dr. Pho was the opening keynoter for the 16th Annual Healthcare Internet Conference (HCIC), a gathering of approximately 700 hospital and health system web leaders. His kick-off was a superb way to launch this annual conference with a nice blend of information, humor, and humility. This session created a buzz of discussions and questions that carried through the meeting.

He was on point, had a polished and poised style, and held the attention of the audience. Some comments from our attendees included:

  • ‘One of the best keynote speakers ever at HCIC.’
  • ‘After hearing Dr. Pho’s talk, am able to take back four action items to our hospital to move forward with social media for our physicians. Priceless.’
  • ‘A dynamic speaker who kept a huge room engaged.  Not easy to do.’
  • ‘Enthusiastic, inspiring, and motivational.  The highlight of the day.’
  • ‘Wow, really blown away! Great presentation.’
  • ‘Dr. Pho gave me the energy to go back and speak one more time about social media to our doctors and administration.’
  • ‘So refreshing to hear real accounts and best practices on social media from a physician’s perspective.’

From an administrative perspective, Dr. Pho was easy to work with, accommodating, met every deadline easily and was totally organized. I would highly recommend him if your audience needs to better understand how to effectively use social media to connect physicians and patients.”
Kathy Divis, president, Greystone.Net

“Kevin was knock the lights out fantastic, and probably the highest-rated speaker that we’ve ever had.”
Michael Schneider, partner, Greystone.Net

“Dr. Pho captivated his audience and it was one of the most inspirational presentations I have ever heard.”

“Kevin was excellent.  The tips he gave will take my practice to the next level.  He was approachable, and that was amazing!”
Virtual Physicians Conference, keynote evaluations

“One of our best grand rounds.”

“Wow! Great talk. It was like having our own TED talk. Would love to have Dr. Pho back.”
New England Baptist Hospital, session evaluations

“Hearing Dr. Kevin Pho talk at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2016 meeting was an experience I will not soon forget.”
Anthony Leonard, MD, PhD

“Outstanding public speaker. Shared anecdotes appropriate to audience. Inspired action!”

“Scary smart and a phenomenal speaker.”

“Wonderful speaker. The fact that he didn’t need notes to speak impressed me.”

“What a great presenter. So at-ease with himself and his subject matter.”
American Medical Writers Association, keynote evaluations

“Great choice of speaker for this year. Very relevant topic and well-delivered speech.”

“KevinMD was a highlight! Such a timely, important topic. Bring more speakers like him, please!”

“Excellent speaker and very relevant. He got me thinking about social media in an entirely different light.”

“He is amazing and a great inspiration to me as someone who loves sharing what I do on social media.”

“KevinMD was super insightful about the field of medicine as a career, and I found that he gave great advice for medical students. Inspiring and an awesome choice!”
American Medical Association, Medical Student Section, keynote evaluations

“Thank you for your wonderful keynote, and taking the time to sit down with us. It was one of the highlights of our meeting!”
American Medical Association

“Your presentation was very powerful and well received by our members and guests.

Thank you for your leadership in helping physicians learn to manage their online reputation and expand into the social media world. We salute you for encouraging physicians to use social media to increase patient satisfaction, influence the perception of the medical profession, and elevate the quality of health information online.”
Harry D. Bear, MD, PhD, president, Richmond Academy of Medicine

“Dr. Kevin Pho’s webinar inspired me to accept that our online presence is a fact of life that we must deal with and embrace! This one-hour webinar taught me more about the online space and what it truly represents than I ever imagined. I now look forward to seizing the opportunity to explore the social media space that I once feared.”
Béla S. Kenessey, MD, president and chair, board of directors, Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. 

“Dr. Kevin Pho’s presentation was electrifying and completely changed my opinion on having a professional online presence. Dr. Pho delivered sound advice that can benefit every physician in any practice setting. His pearls on social media and managing online criticism really resonated with me.”
Lisa Thomsen, MD, member, board of directors, Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. 

“Excellent presenter.  His passion for the topic came through loud and clear. I could have listened to him all day!”

“Kevin was very engaging and really gave a motivational talk with great answers to the questions asked at the end of the session.”
Tower Health, keynote evaluations

“Kevin was a highly credible speaker who did an outstanding job presenting and answering attendees’ questions.  I really enjoyed the webinar.”

“I have listened to thousands of speakers and presentations over many years of moderating webinars and there are some speakers that stand out. Kevin was indeed one of them.”

“Kevin related so well to the audience.  He was always spot on with his timing and his delivery method was impeccable.”
Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc., webinar comments

“Our Women in Otolaryngology annual meeting enjoyed Kevin Pho’s outstanding talk about the physician’s role in social media. Informative and inspiring, Dr. Pho held the attention of a packed room while he took us through how social media can transform medicine and how we can be a meaningful part of that transformation! A real eye-opener. By the end of the talk, dozens of new Twitter accounts had already been established! We were inspired to get our Facebook group and page up and running.

Dr. Pho is a mover who is also a great speaker, both excited and exciting. I would not miss any talk he gives: valuable, insightful information presented in an entertaining way.”
Linda Brodsky, MD, Pediatric ENT Associates

“Dr. Pho gave an impassioned, articulate, and insightful talk on the role of social media in health care, articulating how and why it can be used by physicians to improve patient — and provider — health. It was a compelling and eye-opening talk — supported by both facts and stories —  fueled by the depth of his thinking on the topic.

One of the most striking points in Dr. Pho’s talk to medical writers was his insight into how social media can be used by health care providers to mitigate the damage done by celebrities and others who get essential health information wrong.”
Siobhan E. Gallagher, former president, American Medical Writers Association, New England Chapter

“With new technologies emerging at a rapid rate, your discussion of best practices in maintaining a professional online presence, managing social media, and connecting with patients through the wide variety of online channels available today was extremely informative and timely. The lecture inspired many ideas among our faculty, staff, and trainees. One physician followed your recommendation to search his name on Google and found that a rating site had listed him as ‘deceased!’ He has since resolved the issue, all thanks to your raising awareness to the importance of maintaining a professional online presence.”
Co-directors, Quality, Humanism and Professionalism program, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

“Kevin’s talk enabled physicians to connect with social media in ways that they found surprising and gratifying.”
Daniel C. Myers, assistant professor, department of family and social medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

“I’ve been privy to many talks and articles about social media’s role in health care, and I found Kevin’s take on the subject to be the most introspective and pragmatic. It’s easy to see why Kevin is such a respected voice in medical social media.”
Henry D. Doernberg, MEDITECH, Inc.

“Kevin’s talk was engaging, informative, spirited, and current. I was impressed with the time he took to speak specifically to recruiter needs and interests when it comes to social media.”
Brenda Reed, director, physician & medical staff recruitment, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

“Kevin combines the insight into medicine that can only come from real-life front line experience, with common sense — but also forward-thinking and openness to new ideas. It’s a great package, endlessly interesting.”
Thomas Lee, MD, chief medical officer, Press Ganey

“The New England chapter of the American Medical Writers Association presented Kevin Pho with our honors award. He, in turn, spoke with our group about the intersection of health care and social media. This message strongly resonates with health literacy. We as professionals need to be mindful that health conversations happen not just in medical offices, but also online. Thanks Kevin!”
Helen Osborne, president, Health Literacy Consulting

“By far the best public speaker I have ever seen.”
Reading Hospital, session evaluation

“Kevin did an amazing job with his presentation. His was the most well put together I went to at the conference.”
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, session evaluation

“It was so wonderful that Kevin provided concrete examples and really practical ways for practices to use social media channels. It was also great that he informed attendees about how not being on these channels can impact their practices.”
MGMA webinar, session evaluation

“One of the best speakers that I have had the pleasure of listening to in a long time.”

“The best talk of all the opening sessions.”

“Wonderful, dynamic speaker. One of best lectures I’ve attended at this conference.”
2014 Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons, session evaluations

“Spectacular. Best presentation I have seen in years.”

“One of the most informative and entertaining presentations I have seen.”

“Amazing! Engaging, relevant, wanted to reanalyze social media strategies after this talk.”
Covenant Health Systems, session evaluations

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