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#NephMadness 2024: Meet The Gamemakers – Renal.PlatoHealth.ai

We are only a couple weeks from the launch of the 12th NephMadness! Let’s get to know the new and familiar faces behind the fun and learning of NephMadness: Matthew Sparks, Timothy Yau, Anna Burgner, Samira Farouk, Anna Vinnikova, Elena Cervantes, Jeffrey Kott, and Michelle Lim.

Anna Burgner @anna_burgner

Anna Burgner is a general nephrologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she is also the nephrology fellowship Program Director. She is on the Board of Directors of Nephrology Journal Club (NephJC), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing free online medical education in nephrology. Dr Burgner became involved in NephMadness as a writer and expert for the Diabetic Nephrology Region in 2017 and joined the Executive Team in 2018. Her favorite NephMadness region is the 2018 Women’s Health Region. That year the International Women’s Day and World Kidney Day were commemorated on the same day, March 8, which was in the middle of NephMadness. In that region, we educated nephrologists around the world on everything from reproductive planning to menopause in women with CKD as well as the impact of preeclampsia and prematurity on kidney health.


Elena Cervantes @Elena_Cervants

Elena Cervantes is an academic nephrologist and Assistant Program Director of the nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Additionally, she serves as the co-director of the medical student Nephrology course at the School of Medicine. In 2022, she authored the Nephropathology section for NephMadness. This is her first year on the NephMadness Executive Team. Her favorite region is the 2019 Hypertension Region because it explores various measurements (home, office, and ambulatory), treatment goals, and finding secondary causes. She is also eager for a region or post that digs deeper into enhanced blood pressure treatments which consider medication half-lives, optimal dosing times, and related factors.


Samira Farouk @ssfarouk

Samira Farouk is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, Associate Program Director of the Nephrology Fellowship Program, and Social Media Director of the Division of Nephrology. She has served on the NephMadness Executive Team since 2019. Her favorite region is the 2022 Cardiorenal Region, because the region writer, Caitlyn Vlasschaert, seamlessly brought together 2 specialties that sometimes “butt heads”, with expert guidance from nephrologist Nisha Bansal and cardiologist Saidya Khan. This region also features her favorite NephMadness visual abstract of all time by Carlo Trinidad: Roadblocks to Diuresis: Mechanisms of Diuretic Resistance.


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Jeffrey Kott @jrkott27

Jeffrey Kott is a  Critical Care Medicine Fellow at Stony Brook Medicine on Long Island after completing his Clinical Nephrology training at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He was a graduate of the 2021 Nephrology Social Media Collective. Dr Kott wrote the Organ Pool section of the Access to Transplant Region for Nephmadness 2023. This is his first year on the NephMadness Executive Team. His favorite region is Animal House 2021, which was particularly special as it was his first year actively participating in NephMadness. He enjoys Animal House regions as they always spark such great discussions and introduce interesting concepts!


Michelle Lim @whatsthegfr

Michelle Lim is a nephrologist in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She is an executive member of the Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC) and the former lead for the Graphical Communications rotation. She is also Visual Abstract Editor for CJASN, JASN, and Kidney360. Although this is her first year on the NephMadness Executive Team, she has been creating visual abstracts for NephMadness since 2019. Her favorite region has always been Animal House 1, 2, and 3 because she finds comparative physiology fascinating – there’s so much to learn and discover!


Matthew Sparks @Nephro_Sparks

Matthew Sparks is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University and serves as the Program Director for the Nephrology Fellowship. He is a founding faculty member and program director of the Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC) internship. Dr Sparks is on the board of directors of Nephrology Journal Club (NephJC), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing free online medical education in nephrology. He is co-creator of NephMadness (and designed the first logo!). His favorite NephMadness region is Animal House in 2021: he loves the evolutionary aspect to the region covering hopping mouse, iguana, seahorse, and hagfish. This region also contained some of the best graphics ever made for NephMadness. A true NephMadness classic, he credits Kelly Hyndman, Tiffany Truong, and Corina Teodosiu for knocking it out of the park.


Anna Vinnikova @KidneyWars

Anna Vinnikova is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the Virginia Commonwealth University (Final Four 2011!!!). She joined the NephMadness Executive Team in 2021. Dr Vinnikova loves NephMadness Parties, NephMadness themed cookies and her kids NephMadness Minecraft videos. Her favorite NephMadness regions are Animal House 1, 2, and 3 (all three of them!) because it shows how our kidneys were invented.


Timothy Yau @Maximal_Change

Timothy Yau is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He serves as the Director of Clinical Skills for the Gateway Curriculum in St. Louis. Dr Yau was the AJKD Social Media Editor from 2016 to 2021 and is currently the AJKDBlog Interviews Editor. He joined the NephMadness Executive Team in 2016 and wrote the very first Animal House Region in 2018. It is his favorite region not because he wrote it and selfishly takes credit for the success of the region each time it makes an appearance in NephMadness but because of how cool the animals were for the original region: The toad bladder and shark rectal gland belong in the Animal House Hall of Fame! He also enjoyed working with the region expert, Dr. Mark Zeidel, and overall it was a fun and eye-opening experience.

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