Indian-American doctor Sanjay Gupta 'second most popular in US on Twitter'

Sanjay Gupta, an Indian-American neurosurgeon, is the second most popular doctor in the US on Twitter, with over two million followers on the micro-blogging website, a new study has found.

The `#DocsOnTwitter' study conducted by researchers at Augustana University in the US, analysed tweeting habits of medical professionals in the country from 2006 to 2015.

Gupta, 46, who serves as associate chief of the neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and as assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, had 2,031,428 followers on Twitter,

Gupta, the chief medical correspondent for CNN, who has won multiple Emmy awards, uses his Twitter account primarily for professional use, giving his opinions and medical advice.

"We just wanted to see how doctors are engaging with other people on Twitter," Paige Schwitters, an Augustana student who contributed to the report, was quoted as saying by 'argusleader.com'.

The top three followed doctors on Twitter are: Dr Drew Pinsky (@drdrew) with 3.18 million followers, Dr Gupta (@drsanjaygupta) who has 2.03 million followers, followed by Dr Asa Andrew (@drasa) with 1.03 million followers.

Drew with 3,183,017 followers, is an American board-certified internist, addiction medicine specialist and a media personality.

Researchers analysed about 3.4 million tweets to determine when and how physicians were most likely to use Twitter.

The study also shows doctors are using Twitter on the go and are less likely to use the micro blogging site for legal reasons.

Many avoid announcing their personal business on social media because of rules for patient privacy and insurance, according to the report.