Our mission is to provide only the highest-quality, most accessible, and easiest to use clinical decision support for medical professionals – with the information clinicians need to best use them to care for patients. The result is better, more efficient care for patients.
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Over 1 Million Monthly Users
Supporting 45+ Specialties
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 tool 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 decided to work together to improve the breadth and depth of the site. Everyone at MDCalc is so excited to have a platform that provides these tools, on multiple devices, in an effort to help medical professionals provide higher quality and more efficient 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: I recently got more into road biking, in training for the 2016 AIDS LifeCycle ride which I completed in June. I also enjoy baking new cookie recipes (it balances out the cycling), and am now the proud owner of an adorable and well-behaved new puppy. To round out my nerdy habits, I play video games for fun as well.
Joe Habboushe, MD, MBA
Joe Habboushe, MD, is the CEO and co-founder of MDCalc. Joe is also the creator and editor-in-chief of EMRA’s pocket guide series The Basics of Emergency Medicine. Joe is a practicing emergency physician and Assistant Professor at NYU/Langone and Bellevue Medical Centers in New York City. Joe received his MD from Weill Medical College of Cornell University, his MBA in Healthcare Finance from Columbia University, and his 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 loved thinking of ways to solve bigger picture problems in creative ways, which at first seemed at odds to a career in medicine. I absolutely love growing MDCalc. We are constantly searching for ways to improve it for clinicians, who help improve the lives of patients around the world.
Editorial Process/Validation of Calculators
We are committed to providing an extensive list of calculators, but first and foremost we have to ensure that all calculators pass our rigorous editorial and validation process. We know that our users depend and rely on MDCalc — and that often comes with an implied trust that what we publish on the site is accurate and valid. (Just like any tool in medicine, be it a stethoscope or clinical calculator, it’s important that users know the tool’s limitations, but we do our best to help our users understand these.) Our MD 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.
What Makes MDCalc Unique?
Check out our website, app and blog. We are committed to bringing our clinical decision calculators to you in an easy to use format while still providing sufficient information. Take a look at some of the features we have incorporated.
Robust Search and Filter
We’re really excited about this: a patent-pending new search / filter function that allows users to quickly find what they’re looking for — and even discover new calculators they may not have known existed, based on clinical scenarios.
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?
- Any caveats/pitfalls to its use?
- What should I do next?
- A short synopsis of the evidence & studies.
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 two Wells' Criteria by Dr. Phil Wells.
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