NephMadness 2016: and the winners are…

We all know now that Conservative Care was able to string together the 5 victories needed to win the coveted title. Conservative care will have it’s banner raised to the rafters along with the other champions (as soon as we find a stadium willing to accept the NephMadness banners):

But what everyone wants to really know is who gets the loot? Who was best able to predict the Blue Ribbon Panels decisions?

The Winners

Anirban Photo 2Top Overall score:
Anirban Ganguli

Attending nephrologist at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center with a world beating  47 points. This is Dr. Ganguli’s first foray into NephMadness. He is a recent graduate from Penn and he is still finding his legs in the various responsibilities as an attending. He likes teaching, research and mercifully, UNC over Duke. He also prefers Facebook to Twitter and Michael Jordan over Steph Curry. So, all-in-all, a mixed bag.

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Collin Flanagan

Collin is an M3 at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and tore up the field finishing with the third highest score at 37 points. He says his hobbies are running, hiking, astronomy, and learning to Cook. When asked what side of the eternal debate: Great taste or Less filling he went straight to the heart with, “Ice cream.” Similarly when asked about MJ versus Steph Curry he answered,”Mario Lemieux.” Well played Collin. Well played.

IMG_0164 copy 2.jpgTop Resident: Brian Stotter

Brian is Tufts peds resident at Floating Hospital for Children who will be taking the pediatric nephrology plunge this summer. He racked up an impressive 31 points. He sounds like a nerd’s nerd with his list of hobbies: pub trivia nights and NYT crossword puzzles. He also had the best answer to Jordan or Curry of all the winners, “I don’t follow basketball, but will say Michael Jordan because he was in Space Jam.”

Silvi.pngTop Fellow: Silvi Shah

Transplant fellow at University of Alabama at Birmingham and NSMC intern tied for the second highest score with 38 points. Dr. Shah did her nephrology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. Her particular interest in nephrology is women’s health with a special focus on kidney injury during pregnancy and pregnancy after kidney transplantation. She likes Twitter over Facebook and is an avid reader (mostly non-fiction).

Top Attending: Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd, UNC fellowship, and current VCU attending and noted Foosball expert also scored 38 points. And I must note that like the NCAA, this (former) Tar Heal missed the championship match calling atypical HUS over this year’s Villanova, Conservative Care. He would take MJ over Curry and prefers Twitter to Facebook. He is serial knee ligament abuser but still plays pick-up basketball and softball.

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Dr. Kidd on defense with Dr. Falk at midfield and forward


The Runner-ups

The generosity of the AJKD know no bounds and they have provided additional runner-up prizes to the next nine finishers:

  1. Matthew Lanktree (38), Nephrology Fellow at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  2. Mohamed Essam (38), from the Kidney and Urology Center, Alexandria, Egypt
  3. Malvinder Parmar (37), Associate Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa
  4.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nephrology 1st Year Fellows  (36): Drs. Amit Rajput, Marika Manolopoulou, Katherine Akers, Megha Salani, Sharica Brookins, and Hassan Alhalabi
  5. Iñigo Moina (35), nephrologist
  6. Indiana University team (35) led by Drs. Sharon Moe and Ranjani Moorthi with their talented fellows Drs.  Doshi, Aftab, Gaur, Jawed, Malas, and Gupta!
  7. Mike Walsh (35), McMaster University / Population Health Research Institute,  Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  8. Noah Kline (35), current first year medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and NSMC Intern
  9. Susan Ziolkowski (34), Nephrology Fellow at Stanford University.

Please note that with the reduction in the number of medical concepts from 64 to 32 teams this year, ties were inevitable unfortunately. There were three prizes where we needed to break ties: Top Resident, Top Fellow, and the ninth runner up. For more on how tie breakers work, please see the NephMadness 2016 rules.

The Other Winners (the ones we make up)Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 11.59.35 PM

Every year we give awards for the best NephMadness tweet author and every year Dr. Kupin tries to win (we still haven’t told him that as a NephMadness contributor he is ineligible).

This year the Best Tweet Author goes to Sivakumar Sridharan (@sayitmyway), who is nephrology fellow at Royal London Hospital, London, UK and a very close Runner Up was Krishnam Raju.P (@krishnadoctor1), who is an Assistant Professor of Nephrology at the PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

This years title for Best Blog Post goes to Dr. Daniel Coyne, who is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at Washington University in St. Louis, for the post on his incredible journey from ESA booster to anemia skeptic. It’s an incredible read that should not be missed.

Thanks to everyone who played, this was the best NephMadness yet and regardless of what the future holds it has been a blast!

The NephMadness team:

  • Joel Topf
  • Matt Sparks
  • Edgar Lerma
  • Warren Kupin
  • Nikhil Shah
  • Swapnil Hiremath
  • Paul Phelan
  • Kenar Jhaveri

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