– the health website where you can finally finding useful, reliable health information fast, easy and free. – the health website where you can finally finding useful, reliable health information fast, easy and free.

You have a question about your health problem and nobody to answer you, 

You have been misdiagnosed by your physician,

You dont know why some medicine have been prescribed to you,

You want to know more information about side effects of some medicine,

All of these questions and many others can have a useful, reliable health information fast, easy and free from thousands of the best doctors in the U.S. on

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Our mission


We’re dedicated to improving people’s health and well-being by providing our users with personalized health information and free online and mobile answers from thousands of the best doctors in the U.S. Our goal is to help people better understand health, make more informed health decisions and find the very best doctors.

We’re also committed to our doctors. We want to help doctors better serve existing patients, find new ones and build their reputations by demonstrating their expertise online.

We believe that everyone has the right to free, reliable, and independent health information. We also believe that the most trustworthy health information comes from medical experts and that the best health decisions take into account unbiased expert knowledge, community insights and relevant data.

We’ve created HealthTap to reflect these beliefs, and to be available to you, anytime and anywhere.

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How it all started


HealthTap began with the realization that it’s hard to find straightforward, trustworthy answers to personal health questions online. When we do find health information, it’s often general and rarely relevant. Even if it might be useful, it’s hard to know if it’s trustworthy.

As a result, most people who find health information online report that it’s of no help at all or very little help. (See 2010 Pew Internet study and graph) This is a big problem. Health is one of the biggest categories on the Internet (Google alone serves over 1.4 billion health searches a month). What does this mean? That lots of people are seeking credible health information online, but very few are receiving helpful answers.

We created HealthTap to provide a smart solution to this big, big problem — to make finding useful, reliable health information fast, easy and free.

Doconnect-healthtapscirclesoftrust-black-logo-smallDOConnect is listing and interactive map feature on HealthTap available through any doctor’s HealthTap Profile page. It displays a list of the referral network of doctors and the doctors who treat the same patients at the same time. The infographic above shows a snapshot of Northern California doctors and their referrals, where each doctor is represented by a blue dot and the connecting lines represent a referral.

Where we are today

With HealthTap, millions of people everywhere can find answers to their health questions from the right U.S.-licensed doctors for them, including leading doctors in their area. Read what members and doctors are saying! »

HealthTap shows both the diversity of the medical community (by allowing different doctors to answer the same question), as well as the consensus within it (by allowing doctors to review answers and vote up the ones they agree with).

We also categorize and organize the world’s best health information, unlocking the wisdom of doctors and creating, for the first time, immediate access to relevant, reliable and trusted health content that is kept current through daily contributions from top doctors.

We’re also enabling revolutionary new mobile and online connections between doctors and patients, reviving the spirit of the house call through technological innovation. Patients and doctors can now store and share medical documents through private and HIPAA-secure conversations with between specific patients and doctors of their choosing. On HealthTap there are innovative ways to find and connect with the right doctors, with information like the HealthTap DocScore, Known fors and other powerful data-driven tools.

With over 50,000 doctors in our Medical Expert Network and immediate access to HealthTap via web and mobile platforms, we’ve already changed the way people find health information online and interact with their doctors. And we plan to keep doing just that.

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The TEAM behind


Executive team

PicronRon GutmanFounder & CEORon is HealthTap’s Founder and CEO. He’s responsible for the company’s innovation, vision, and product. Prior to founding HealthTap, Ron was the founder and CEO of a leading online consumer health 2.0 company that developed the world’s largest community of independent health writers and became one of the largest health sites on the Internet, serving more than 100 million users (acquired in early 2009).+ See more
PicgeoffDr. Geoff RutledgeCo-Founder & Chief Medical Information OfficerGeoff is HealthTap’s co-founder and Chief Medical Information Officer. He is responsible for the architecture of HealthTap’s Medical Knowledge Base. Prior to joining HealthTap, Geoff served as the Chief Medical Officer and the Executive Vice President of Product Development at ePocrates, as the Chief Medical Officer of Wellsphere, and created the first consumer health site at Healtheon (WebMD). Additionally, Geoff has served as the Chief of Medical Informatics in Emergency Medicine for Harvard University teaching hospital Beth Israel, and on the clinical faculty in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University and UCSD.+ See more
PicseanSean K. MehraHead of ProductSean is HealthTap’s Head of Product. He is responsible for taking product ideas and feedback from concept to market, and into the hands of millions of patients and doctors around the world. Sean is an engineer, designer, and serial technology entrepreneur. Prior to HealthTap, Sean was the co-founder of PayoutHub, a social game-monetization platform (acquired in 2009), and the co-founder and COO of GXStudios (GoCrossCampus and PickTeams), a venture-backed pioneer of online team-based casual games. Sean has also worked with leading health and technology firms. Sean also co-founded and led the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, the University’s official incubator and fellowship program for entrepreneurs. Sean has a technical background in UIUX development and design, and holds inventions in the fields of oral drug delivery, urinary incontinence, genetic testing, and polymer nanocomposites.+ See more
PicsastrySastry NanduriCo-Founder & CTOSastry is HealthTap’s co-founder and CTO. He is responsible for HealthTap’s innovative technology platform. Prior to joining HealthTap, Sastry served as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President at Wellsphere, the CTO of HealthCentral, and the former Director of Software Development at Microvision. Sastry has lead technology teams to build market-leading products and tools, including ERwin, the world’s most popular data modeling software.+ See more
PicmichaelMichael NicholsChief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, & Business Development DirectorMichael is HealthTap’s Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Business Development Director. He is responsible for HealthTap’s privacy and legal policies, the company’s legal affairs, and for HealthTap’s business development. For over a dozen years, Michael has provided legal counsel and services to innovative technology companies, from early-stage startups to Fortune 100 companies. Prior to joining HealthTap, Michael served as an attorney with national law firms in Silicon Valley, as general counsel to high technology companies, and as pro-bono counsel to Singularity University. Additionally, Michael has served as a Judge Pro Tem in Santa Clara County, and as a judicial clerk in the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals. At Yale Law School, Michael was an editor of the Yale Law and Policy Reviewand of the Yale Law and Technology Symposium.+ See more
PicjeffDr. Jeff LivingstonMedical DirectorDr. Jeff Livingston is HealthTap’s Medical Director. He is a national thought leader and speaker on doctor adoption of social media. He has been a doctor at MacArthur OB/GYN since 2003 in Irving, Texas. He previously served as Chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Baylor Medical Center of Irving. Several national publications, including USA Today, Wired magazine, and Physicians Practice have featured his combined use of Facebook, Twitter and a secure patient portal to effectively communicate with patients and to better meet their everyday healthcare needs.+ See more

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A single mother with four children can not afford to pay for food. Store customer response.

You’re standing in line at your local grocery store and you see a customer scrambling through her purse to pay for her items, eventually walking away, looking defeated and empty-handed. Unfortunately, it is something our society knows all too well, a mother or father struggling to feed their family.

With the country’s unemployment rate at 9.4 percent, more and more people are turning to government assistance programs for help. Food stamp usage has risen 20 percent from last year, according to a study by the Food Research and Action Center. About one in every eight Americans receive food stamps.

ABC News’ “What Would You Do?” rigged hidden cameras in Mattson’s Market in Burlington Township, N.J., to see what will happen if the customer checking out can’t pay the bill.

Our actress unloads her groceries and waits for her total. “I’m so sorry, it says insufficient funds,” the checkout person says.

“I’m going to try it again, I’m sorry I thought I had enough on my card,” replies our actress.

Within a matter of minutes, a woman in line steps in to help our distressed mother, “How much does she need?”

Our actress tries to refuse, but the woman insists, “No please take it.” When we try it again, another stranger steps up to the plate: “How much does she owe, I will put it on here, she doesn’t have anything on her card? No that’s alright, give it to her.”

Throughout the day, many people were willing to step in and help our actress.

At one point, she says, “It says insufficient funds, oh, my God, I got to get food for Thanksgiving … no money on my card?”

A young man standing behind her appears to hear everything but doesn’t say anything. We wonder if he is ignoring our actress’ troubles.

When we approach him, he shares with us that he is on food stamps himself and doesn’t have the money to help her. “I felt bad for her, I wish I could have helped but, you know, times are hard right now.”

‘How Could You Not Help Somebody Like That’

New Jersey’s unemployment rate is 9.2 percent, leaving more than 750,000 people without jobs. While times are tough for almost everyone, fellow shoppers of this small town store still want to step in and help.

As our actress’ card is denied again and she is standing in line crying, we notice a man standing behind her, counting the money in his hand. When he has counted enough money to cover his own groceries, he gives her the rest.

When thanked, he simply nods his head and says, “I understand, I’m lucky to even have a job.”

We approach him and ask why he stepped up, and he explains, “Times are tough for a lot of people, and she was saying she was a single mother, with four kids, I mean how could you not help somebody like that? It was the least I could do for her. You do good things for people and good things come back to you.”

The people of this small town proved to us that many are willing to step up and help if they have the means, but we wondered how our fellow shoppers would react if the customer standing directly behind our distraught actress harassed her.

Nicolaescu: Reorganize the National Transplant Agency.The institution has several shortcomings – Does Romanian Minister of Health felt on his skin what I felt on mine???

Nicolaescu: Reorganize the National Transplant Agency.The institution has several shortcomings – Does Romanian Minister of Health felt on his skin what I felt on mine???

Nicolaescu: Reorganize the National Transplant Agency.The institution has several shortcomings

National Transplant Agency (NTA) will be reorganized with other institutions under the Ministry of Health, as it has many shortcomings, said Tuesday the Minister Eugen Nicolaescu.

“National Transplant Agency, from my point of view, acts as a bureaucratic institution. Institution not to predict which helps in developing programs to monitor and keep record transplantation as would be normal in any country civilized. WHEREOF, having so many shortcomings to be reorganized ” , said Health Minister răpunzând a question of the intention of reorganizing the ANT Tuesday at the “transplant, post transplant patient state and its everyday life” .

The minister will be made when the reorganization of all the institutions under the Ministry of Health, and the NTA will enter this process.

Also attended the conference, Professor Irinel Popescu , Head of the Clinic of Surgery and Liver Transplantation Fundeni and who made ​​the first liver transplant in Romania, said that this year were conducted 96 operations of this type, leading to a total of 493. Survival immediately after such an operation is 93 percent and the overall survival – 70 percent in Romania, he said Smith, adding that these figures are at the international level, but it could be improved in Romania requiring over 100 liver transplant operations per year.


In turn, Professor Ionel Sinescu, head Clincii urologic surgery and kidney transplantation Fundeni showed that transplantation entails unpaid work, done by doctors in intensive care, which must identify the donor and to maintain brain dead or those going to harvest, and their payment should be included in the cost calculation.

“It is natural to be so you can not overload people indefinitely without offering them anything. All work must be rewarded. (…) For us, we do all kinds of surgical interventions for particular difficulties, transplantation does not mean something extraordinary. Instead, it means something special you do in intensive care rooms, keeping brain-dead donors, in special conditions, increasing the number of organs that can be transplanted, “said Sinescu, addressing medical staff present.

Pray to God so you will never need the services of National Transplant Agency in Romania. I hope my message had a echo on the mind and soul of the Minister Eugen Nicolaescu. God so many things goes so wrong in this country.

God have mercy for Romanian citizens that pays so much and get nothing from the public institutions and Romanian leaders.  It is such a PITY  and such a SHAME.

So if you ever in need of a transplant you will call the Ministry of Health. After they will put you through wrong departments many times(like human resources) you will find out about National Transplant Agency. Calling at the National Transplant Agency a very bored lady will answer you (I suppose she never read her job description). You will be asked to call again and finally asked to call dr. Enescu at Grigore Alexandrescu Hospital. There you find out that dr. Enescu deals with skin transplants for kids only so you have to call dr. Stangu Catalin at Emergency Hospital for Plastic Surgery and Burns in Bucharest and so on. If the Romanian dramaturgist IL Caragiale was still alive he was having plenty of real life material to inspire him. The paradox is that after all of these calls all I got was nothing. I was only vexed and ready to plough Romania like Romans Carthagina. God have mercy on Romanian citizens.

But if you were born in USA and you still can see and type on a keyboard you can find out the eligibility criteria in one second:

Eligibility Criteria for Face Transplant

Eligibility Criteria for the UCLA Face Transplantation Program

  • The patient whose facial disfigurement can not be reconstructed by conventional means.
  • The patient is between 18 and 60 years of age.
  • The patient has no serious infection, including hepatitis B or C or HIV
  • The defect was not due to a birth defect.
  • The patient is otherwise in good general health.
  • The patient will commit to extensive rehabilitation, adhere to an immunosuppression medication regimen, and participate in all appointments at the transplant center.