MDCalc is the #1 medical reference for clinical decision tools and content used by over one million medical professionals globally, including more than 50% of US physicians, every month.
Used in 196 Countries
Over 1 Million Monthly Users
Supporting 45+ Specialties
Since 2005, MDCalc has been an essential part of the clinician's workflow to help achieve better patient outcomes. Our evidence-based tools and content written by physician experts support 35+ specialties and cover 200+ patient conditions. While primarily serving clinicians in North America, we have a growing presence globally, with users in nearly 200 countries. MDCalc's founders are two practicing emergency medicine physicians: Dr. Graham Walker and Dr. Joe Habboushe.
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New Affiliation with EBM Treatment Review Site - theNNT!
MDCalc now hosts theNNT.com, which publishes critical reviews of the evidence behind clinically-relevant questions, designed to be used at the bedside and beyond to help us make the best evidenced-based decisions for our patients. "NNT" stands for the “number needed to treat,” a way to quantify the absolute benefit of a treatment, such that it can be weighed apples to apples against the NNH, or "number needed to harm".
In 2005, Graham was inspired to start MDCalc while in medical school. He realized that memorizing esoteric criteria, scores, and equations — instead of focusing on patient care — seemed like a poor use of a physician’s time, energy, and brainpower. He wanted to create a provider-centric resource that could improve efficiency and make a physician’s work a little bit easier. Graham met Joe during their emergency medicine residencies in New York City, and they decided to work together to improve the breadth and depth of MDCalc. Over the last 10+ years, MDCalc has evolved into a platform that provides practical EBM tools, on multiple devices and integrated into the daily workflow, to support medical professionals in providing more efficient, evidence-based care to patients.
Meet the Founders
Graham Walker, MD
Graham Walker, MD, is the President and co-founder of MDCalc. He is also an emergency physician at Kaiser San Francisco and an associate professor at UCSF in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Graham attended medical school at the Stanford University School of Medicine and then travelled to New York City, where he trained in emergency medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and served as Chief Resident.
I have a few hobbies that keep me on my toes in my free time: a wonderful Formosan Mountain Dog, bodyweight fitness and calisthenics, and healthcare innovation. I also enjoy baking new cookie recipes (it balances out the exercising). To round out my nerdy habits, I play video games for fun as well.
Joe Habboushe, MD, MBA
Joe Habboushe, MD, MBA, is the CEO and co-founder of MDCalc. He is also the creator and editor-in-chief of EMRA’s pocket guide series, The Basics of Emergency Medicine, and an emergency physician and assistant professor at NYU/Langone and Bellevue Medical Centers in New York City. Joe received an MD from Weill Medical College of Cornell University, an MBA in Healthcare Finance from Columbia University, and a BS in Mathematics from Yale University. He trained in emergency medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he met Graham.
I come from a large family of doctors – I’m actually a 7th generation physician. I loved medicine growing up, but I also enjoyed thinking of ways to solve bigger picture problems in creative ways, which at first seemed at odds with a career in medicine. I absolutely love being part of growing MDCalc and searching for creative approaches to improve what we do and how we support clinicians around the world.
Editorial Process/Validation of Calculators
We are committed to providing a curated selection of EBM calculators and expert content that are easy to apply at point-of-care. Before adding a new calculator, we ensure that it passes our rigorous editorial and validation process. We know that our clinician users depend on MDCalc during their daily workflow — and we take very seriously the implied trust that what we publish is accurate and up-to-date. Further, we believe strongly that it’s important for users to better understand the evidence behind and limitations of these clinical decision tools. Our physician team spends significant time researching, reviewing, and validating the latest in clinical decision research. Our aim is to help transform that research into practical tools for every type of practicing clinician. We purposefully don’t include every medical calculator on the site, as there’s a quality threshold based on the robustness of the evidence and validation trials; we also include “Pearls and Pitfalls” content to point out any calculator shortcomings. We know how important it is that our users can trust the tools on MDCalc.
Our MD team is in the process of systematically assigning ratings to calculators, evaluating them in three areas: Evidence (the quality and quantity of the data behind the tool, including level of external validation), Utility (how easy the tool is to use at the bedside, and how useful the result is clinically), and Popularity (how frequently the tool is used, based on our analytics).
What Makes MDCalc Unique?
We are committed to creating clinical calculators in a practical, easy-to-use format while providing concise, targeted, expert-written content to support decision-making. Some key features of MDCalc include:
Robust Search and Filter
Our patent-pending new search and filter function allows users to quickly find what they are looking for — and even discover new calculators they may not have known existed — based on clinical scenarios. Learn more.
We have the most concise and targeted content developed by a team of experts to help users figure out:
- When should I use this calculator?
- Are there any caveats/pitfalls to its use?
- What should I do next?
- What are the formula and references?
- What is the evidence behind this calculator?
To us, calculator creators are celebrities – heroes who are making medicine better for all of our patients. We love to interview our many calculator creators and then share with you their insights into the inspiration behind creating the calculator and how it can be useful. For example, check out the comments on the Wells' Criteria for PE by Dr. Phil Wells.
Sign up for an MDCalc account to make it your own! With a registered account, you can save your favorite calcs, view ones related to your specialty and even go back to recently-used calcs. These customization settings will be synced across devices - so no matter where you sign in, you’ll have fast, easy access to the calcs you need.
The MDCalc App
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