Christopher Carroll, MD

Professor, Pediatrics (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I’ve been a strong presence in advocating for the use of social media by healthcare professionals and by families. I’m a recognized leader in this area, and chair the Social Media Workgroup at CHEST, the Social Media Committee for the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and am on the Social Media Taskforces for the American Thoracic Society. Recently, I’ve been researching how providers and families have been using social media to build communities, and to educate each other. I have published 4 papers on healthcare social media in major medical journals, have presented 12 research abstracts on healthcare social media (including one award winning abstract from the Society of Critical Care Medicine), have given 9 plenary sessions on social media at major academic conferences. I have a proven track record for completing projects, and have demonstrated the ability to complete unfunded social media based projects. Recently, I have become interested not just in why clinicians and patients are using social media, but how they are using these platforms. In these investigations, I have begun to investigate how clinicians are using social media for academic purposes, and how to improve communication between patients and clinicians using social media platforms.


2007-2009 Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
1999-2002 Fellow in Pediatric Critical Care, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
1996-1999 Resident in Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
1992-1996 Doctor of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
1988-1992 Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Featured Publications

1. Carroll CL, Bruno K, Ramachandran P. Building community through a #pulmcc Twitter chat to advocate for pulmonary, critical care, and sleep. CHEST 2017; 152(2):402-409.
2. Khan R, Carroll CL. Using Snapchat as a tool for medical education and opportunity for engagement. CHEST 2017; 152(4):A544.
3. Seay B, Carroll CL, Bruno K, Khan R. Learner’s Choice – Assessing social media reach across a series of live events on multiple channels. CHEST 2017; 152(4):A545.
4. Dangayach N Kandel S, Hawkins WA, Bruno K, Grewal H, Seay B, Carroll CL. Using Storify to curate peer reviewed educational content for patients & clinicians. CHEST 2017; 152(4):A546.
5. Khan R, Kashyap R, Bhar A, Schulman DA, Bruno K, Carroll CL. Growth in social media & live-tweeting at major critical care conferences. CHEST 2017; 152(4):A547.
6. Santos M, Finck C, Carroll CL. Educating About Surgical Options to Obesity by Live-Tweeting A Pediatric Gastric Sleeve Procedure. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases 2017; 13(10):S75.
7. Carroll CL, Clay A, Himes BE, Wu A, Seay B, George MP, Raju SV, Carlos WG. To tweet or not to tweet? Regularly is the answer: lessons from the American Thoracic Society assembly Twitter accounts. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2017; 195:A3299.
8. Depriest A, Gerlach A, Harwayne-Gidansky I, Ackerman A, Szakmany T, Carroll CL. Improving multidisciplinary involvement at the Critical Care Congress at through social media. Crit Care Med 2016; 44(12S):A930.
9. Szakmany T, Harwayne-Gidansky I, Ackerman A, Riordan B, Lough M, Duprey M, Moore K, Carroll CL. Use of session specific hashtags to enhance the reach of the critical care congress in social media. Crit Care Med 2016; 44(12S):A49.
10. Carroll CL, Bruno K, vonTschudi M. Free open access medical education and social media: the future of medical and nursing education? Am J Crit Care 2016; 25(1):93-96.
11. Mack E, Tegtmeyer K, Szakmany T, vonTschudi M, Alice Ackerman A, Carroll CL. Using social media to increase the reach of SCCM’s Critical Care Congress. Crit Care Med 2015; 43(12S):A660.
12. Choo EK, Ranney ML, Chan T, Trueger NS, Walsh AE, Tegtmeyer K, McNamara SO, Choi RY, Carroll CL. Twitter as a tool for communication and knowledge exchange in academic medicine: a guide for skeptics and novices. Medical Teacher 2015; 37(5): 411-416.
13. Carroll CL, Ramachandran P. The intelligent use of digital tools and social media in practice management. Chest 2014; 145(4):896-902.
14. Sala K, Tegtmeyer K, Carroll CL. Is it okay to choose a Children’s Hospital based on social media presence? Comparing social media metrics to hospital quality. Chest 2014; 146 (4_MeetingAbstracts):707A.

Contact Information
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Hartford, CT 06001