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Daniel Vela, MD, (Twitter handle @DanielVelaMD)

Place of work and city: University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO

Subspecialty: Vascular Neurology

Years on Twitter: 8 years

WHY DID YOU JOIN TWITTER?

I joined Twitter back in August of 2008 hoping I could network and share thoughts with medical students and applicants to residency in neurology. With time, Twitter became a tool to share comments and questions about articles and cases.

HOW DO YOU HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT NEUROLOGY?

First, I try to engage students and residents sharing my passion for the specialty. Second, I highlight and tweet about relevant articles in vascular neurology and reviews in other subspecialties that could be of interest to the general neurologist. Third, I also try to raise awareness about stroke, epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease, interacting with patients and advocates. Again, a great tool for it.

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I also tweet in Spanish aiming to reach medical students interested in the specialty and neurology residents interested in discussing cases or papers. They are mostly in South America. Twitter also provides a great presence of neuroradiologists and vascular neurologists from Spain, and interacting with them is rewarding as well.

WHO DO YOU FOLLOW?

Lancet Neurology @TheLancetNeuro

JAMA Neurology @JAMANeuro

Stroke @StrokeAHA_ASA

Neurology Clinical Practice @NeurologyCP

Nature Reviews Neurology @NatRevNeurol

Italo Linfante, MD, AHA, @ItaloLinfante

Víctor Manuel Suárez-Vega, MD @VctorSurez

Waleed Brinjikji, MD @WBrinjikji

Sergio Calleja, MD, PHD @Montecoya

Luciano Sposato, MD, MBA @SposatoL

PROUDEST MOMENT ON TWITTER?

ANY TWEETS YOU REGRETTED?

The few tweets I shared before and after the recent presidential elections. I soon realized that discussions on political issues should be left out of my Twitter profile.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST UNEXPECTED MOMENT IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS?

PLEASE LINK HERE TO YOUR FAVORITE NEUROLOGY POST/TWEET.

The day the CNS lymphatic vessels were described.

As told to Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, FAAN, chair of the AAN Medical Economics & Management Committee and associate editor of Neurology Today. Send her a message at @OrlyA