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doctom's cool friends:
gilles frydman
allan & cheryl greene
john grohol
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ed madara
karen parles
lee rainie &
susannah fox
richard rockefeller
danny sands


slideshow presentations:
san antonio (27 Jun 2003)
las vegas (7 Apr 2003)
orlando (10 Dec 2002)
boston (Feb 2002)
san antonio (10 Apr 2000)


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Tom Ferguson

Tom Ferguson, M.D.

Tom Ferguson passed away on April 14, 2006. The information below is retained only for historical purpose.

Pioneering physician, author, and researcher Tom Ferguson, MD, ("doctom") recently honored as an "Intel Internet Health Hero," has been studying and writing about the empowered medical consumer since 1975 and about online health resources for consumers since 1987. In 1993 he organized the world's first conference devoted to computer systems designed to be used by medical consumers.

A frequent keynoter at professional and industry conferences, Dr. Ferguson has served as a consultant to many of the companies, foundations, and healthcare systems in the emerging online health industry. He is the editor and publisher of The Ferguson Report, the Newsletter of Online Health (, and DocTom's Weblog ( and author of Health Online: How to Find Health Information, Support Groups and Self-Help Communities in Cyberspace, a book Dr. Dean Ornish has called "the Bible of self-care information on the Internet."

Dr. Ferguson received his MD from the Yale University School of Medicine. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow for Online Health at the Pew Internet and American Life Project in Washington DC. Dr. Ferguson is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and a Senior Associate at Boston's Center for Clinical Computing, a medical computing think-tank associated with Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. He lives and works in Austin.