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Complex Medical Literature – Simplified

Visualmed stemmed from a simple concept: medical providers need an efficient and reliable way to access and review scientific literature to help make medical decisions in real time.

While rounding on inpatients, I often heard colleagues mention clinical trials and large-scale studies they had recently read, and we used them to help guide patient care. As busy residents who are always pressed for time during our inpatient rotations, we often read only the abstract and discussion sections of large articles to glean the study’s essential information. Although we may save time, we also risk missing important information.

This frustration led to the concept of Visualmed – a visually appealing representation of the major points of clinical studies that can provide a resource for practitioners with limited time to review scientific articles.

Visual abstracting is a relatively new idea, though multiple journals are now using them to disseminate more knowledge through social media. Visualmed is all about effective presentation of medical literature in an entertaining form.

This project is new. The creators will initially create easy-to-read visual abstracts of clinically relevant Internal Medicine studies while continually broadening our range of topics.


Usama bin Nasir, MD
Cardiovascular Fellow,
Baystate Medical Center, MA

I completed my undergraduate and medical school in Pakistan and came to the U.S. to pursue a career in cardiology. Did my residency from UConn Health where I came up with the idea to develop Visualmed. I always had an interest in data visualization and design. Through Visualmed, I intended to combine data visualization, design with medicine. The clinical data is growing exponentially and we needed a way to get access to studies in a sort of different manner. I’m a self taught graphic designer and developer and that helped me into bringing this concept to life. I would love feedback on this project so leave me a tweet or contact me via email through the form below. 

Twitter: @usamanasirmd

Please feel free to contact me via email or facebook



Twitter Lead: Kathir Balakumaran, MD

I was raised in Canada and completed my undergraduate training at the University of Western Ontario. I found refuge from the Canadian cold by moving to the Caribbean where I completed my medical schooling at Saba University School of Medicine. From there, I completed my Internal Medicine training at Case Western Reserve-Metrohealth in Cleveland Ohio. I am currently completing my General Cardiology Fellowship training at the University of Connecticut. I hope to see this work as a platform to educate in a concise, simple, yet visually appealing manner. You can follow me contact me on twitter @KBalakumaranMD or email at balakumaran@uchc.edu. You  can follow us on twitter @visualmed2.

Summary Editor for Cardiology Trials

Saurabh Joshi, MD

I was born and raised in India, and after graduating from Gauhati Medical College, I moved to the United States of America to pursue further training in medicine. I did my medical residency training at Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts where I also served as a chief medical resident. At present I am a third year cardiovascular fellow at the University of Connecticut and will be pursuing further training in interventional cardiology. I am very excited to be a part of Visualmed. It provides a graphical illustration of a clinical trial with a summary, which is easy to access, quick to review, and comprehensible. I hope the health care fraternity finds it a useful educational tool. twitter: @dr_sjoshi

Tarek Nafee, MD

Dr. Tarek Nafee is a research fellow of cardiovascular medicine at the PERFUSE Study Group at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He received his BSc. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Waterloo, Canada after which he worked for four years in the CRO industry on Phase I and Phase II multinational clinical trials. He received his M.D. in 2016 from the ASU College of Medicine in St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Dr. Nafee is currently an Associate Editor-in-Chief at Wikidoc.org, the Managing Editor atCardiologyNowNews.org, a Senior Teaching Assistant at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an MMSc. candidate at Harvard Medical School. He has a passion for novel medical education platforms that are in line with 21st-century learning paradigms.