#NephMadness 2022: Blue Ribbon Panel

Almost time for the launch of the 10th NephMadness! To celebrate a decade of fun and learning, we assembled a mega 21-member Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) this year who will decide the outcome of each matchup for NephMadness 2022! They have all been a part of the BRP in the past – get reacquainted with them below:

Jeffrey S. Berns @Jeff_Berns_POTD
Jeffrey Berns is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Pennsylvania and Associate Chief of the Renal, Electrolyte, and Hypertension Division at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Vice-President and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Berns is a practicing general nephrologist. He is a former President of the National Kidney Foundation.

Kirk Cambell @kirkcampbell
Kirk Campbell is Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Director of the Nephrology Fellowship Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is a physician scientist with an interest in glomerular disease. He is the co-Chair of the ASN Kidney Week 2022 committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the NephCure Foundation, and a standing member of the Pathobiology of Kidney Disease (PBKD) study section of the NIH.

Michael Choi @Mike_J_Choi
Michael Choi is Professor of Medicine, Division Director and Fellowship Director at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Choi is a Past- President of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Chair of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Ethics Committee, member and Past- Chair of the NKF Education Committee, and former member for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Nephrology Test Writing Committee.

Deidra Crews @DrDeidraCrews
Deidra Crews is Professor of Medicine in the division of nephrology at Johns Hopkins University. She serves as Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity and is Co-Principal Investigator of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Cardiometabolic Health Equity. Dr. Crews is Secretary of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN).

Sarah Faubel @doc_faubel
Sarah Faubel is Professor of Medicine and a nephrologist at the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of Colorado Hospital. She is a physician scientist with a research focus on the systemic effects of AKI in both animal models and and patients. Remote effects/organs examined so far include the heart, liver, spleen, lung, immune function, and energy metabolism!

Scott Gilbert @sgilbert_md
Scott Gilbert is Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Nephrology Fellowship Director at Tufts Medical Center. He recently completed a 4-year term as Chair of the ASN Workforce and Training Committee. He is Editor of the Primer on Kidney Diseases and the former Education Editor of AJKD.

David S. Goldfarb @weddellite
David S. Goldfarb is Professor of Medicine and Physiology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He is the clinical chief of nephrology at NYU Langone Health, chief of nephrology at the New York Harbor VA Healthcare System, and medical director of the hemodialysis unit at the New York VA. He has studied CKD, hemodialysis, extracorporeal therapy for intoxications, and all aspects of nephrolithiasis. He has had 3 calcium oxalate stones.

Susan Gurley
Susan B. Gurley is Interim Chair of Medicine and Division Head for Nephrology & Hypertension at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. She is a physician scientist whose lab studies mechanisms of hypertension and diabetic kidney disease with a focus on the renin-angiotensin system. She is passionate about nephrology research, mentoring, and exploring the Pacific Northwest!

Melanie Hoenig @melhoenig
Melanie Hoenig is Associate Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is the course director for Homeostasis 2 (renal, GI, endocrine physiology and pathophysiology) at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hoenig is a member of the Channel Your Enthusiasm podcast and the new editor of Core Curricula for AJKD.

Richard Knight @knightra
Richard A. Knight is an Instructor in Management and Business Policy at the College of Business at Bowie State University. He is a former hemodialysis patient who received a kidney transplant approximately 15 years ago. He is President of the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), a member of the NIDDK Board of Advisors, Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Committee on the Kidney Precision Medicine Project, Co-Chair of the Patient Engagement Subgroup for NIDDK’s Strategic Plan, and a member of the Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients Review Committee.

Holly Kramer @kramer_holly
Holly Kramer is Professor of Public Health Sciences and Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Loyola University Medical Center. She is Past President of the NKF and Vice Chair of KDOQI Controversies and Commentaries. Dr. Kramer is the Engagement Editor of AJKD. Because she is a Hoosier, she is by default a huge basketball fan.

Eleanor Lederer @EleanorLederer
Eleanor Lederer is the John S. Fordtran Endowed Professor of Medicine at UT Southwestern and the Charles and Jane Pak Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research in Dallas, Tx, and the co-Director of the Dallas VA NODES Program. Her major interest is in mineral metabolism: phosphate transport, CKD-MBD, and nephrolithiasis.

Fiona Loud @FionaCLoud
Fiona Loud is the Policy Director at Kidney Care UK (@KidneyCareUK), the leading kidney patient support charity in the United Kingdom. She is a kidney transplant recipient and a fierce patient advocate.


Roslyn Mannon @mannonmom
Roslyn Mannon is Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Microbiology, Vice Chair of Academic Development and Research Mentoring, and Associate Chief of Nephrology for Research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is a translational investigator in kidney transplantation. Dr. Mannon is a Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Transplantation, Chair of the ASN Policy and Advocacy Advisory Committee, and co-chair of Women in Transplantation. She is a past president of the American Society of Transplantation and a Blue Devil for life!

Cynthia Miracle @CMiracleMD
Cynthia M. Miracle is Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of California, San Diego, and a Staff Physician at the VA San Diego. She has been the Program Director for the UCSD Nephrology Fellowship Program since 2014 and Director of the VA San Diego Renal Clinics since 2008. Dr Miracle is active in medical education at a local and national level and is a co-founder of Nephrology Business Leadership (NBLU). 

Vandana Niyyar @vandyniyyar
Vandana Dua Niyyar is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at Emory University. Her main clinical interests are in ESKD, with specific expertise in vascular access and ultrasonography. She is passionate about promoting multidisciplinary collaboration in the field of vascular access in order to optimize access care and processes for dialysis patients. Dr. Niyyar is President-Elect of the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN).

Paul Palevsky @PaulPalevsky
Paul M. Palevsky is Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Chief of Kidney Medicine at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Deputy National Program Director of the VHA Kidney Medicine Program. His research has focused on critical care nephrology and AKI and he has helped lead multiple clinical trials including the VA/NIH Acute Renal Failure Trial Network (ATN), VA NEPHRON-D,  PRESERVE, EUPHRATES, and STARRT-AKI studies. He is a past deputy editor of both CJASN and JASN and is currently the President of the National Kidney Foundation.

Roger Rodby @NephRodby
Roger Rodby is Professor of Medicine at Rush University Medical Center and Program Director of their nephrology fellowship program. He is a Community Leader for the ASN’s online Communities, and Co-Director for the ASN Board Review courseHe is a member of the AJKD Social Media Advisory Group.

Mark Rosenberg @kidneyandmeded
Mark Rosenberg is a nephrologist at the University of Minnesota where he is also the Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs overseeing the continuum of medical education from admissions to medical student, resident, and fellow education to continuing medical education and professional development. He is Past President of the American Society of Nephrology after serving as President in 2019.

Cathy Quinlan @KidneyCathy
Cathy Quinlan is an academic paediatric nephrologist, enthusiastic educator, and leader in renal genetics. She works in Melbourne, Australia, where she leads research into genetic kidney disease including disease modeling, implementation of genomics, data science, patient engagement, health economics, and clinical trials. She contributes to NSMC, NephSim, Don’t Forget the Bubbles, and NephJC. Follow her on Twitter where she tweets about nephrology, genetics, and intersectional feminism.

Mayuri Trivedi  @MayuriTrivedi80
Mayuri Trivedi is Assistant Professor and In-charge (Nephrology Services) in the Department of Medicine, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Hospital in Mumbai. She is a consultant nephrologist and a renal transplant physician with a special interest in glomerular diseases and critical care nephrology. She is an editorial board member of Kidney News and the social media team of the ISN Education Academy. Besides her passion for all things nephrology she is also a self-confessed ‘fountain pen’ enthusiast and a bibliophile!


Hope you’re all excited for NephMadness 2022! Friendly reminder: have you scheduled a time to complete your group bracket yet?

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