In the Spring of 2014, Swapnil Hiremath (@hswapnil) asked Joel Topf if he would start a nephrology journal club in twitter. Joel was knee deep in NephMadness at the time and told Swapnil to write up a description of how the journal club would work half hoping that Swap would quickly lose interest, never finish it and that would be the end of it. However, Swap wrote that up, published it on Medium and the first NephJC followed a few weeks later. Topf and Hiremath started the ball rolling but the journal club truly belongs to the community and everyone who contributes. In the last couple of years we have assembled a bespoke work group to advise on the direction of NephJC and to handle the myriad of administrative duties that come with the project.

NephJC Work Group

Graham Abra (@GrahamAbra) splits his time between clinical nephrology and administrative work at Satellite Healthcare, a non-profit dialysis provider.  Graham created and ran the internal medicine blog "From the Desk of the Chief" while a chief resident at the University of California San Diego.  He continued in Social Media during nephrology fellowship at Stanford University with roles as a contributing Blogger and then as a Deputy Editor for the "Renal Fellow Network." His clinical interests include dialysis care and advanced chronic kidney disease.  

Anna Burgner (@anna_burgner) is the associate nephrology fellowship program director at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. She has strong interests in nephrology education and she has completed a Master's of Education in the Health Professions and is adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University in the School of Education. Her clinical practices encompasses all areas of general nephrology.

Matthew Graham-Brown (@DrMattGB) is an honorary Specialist Registrar in Renal Medicine at The John Walls Renal Unit, Leicester, UK and a Doctoral Research Fellow at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, University of Loughborough. His research interests are in the development of novel cardiac and renal imaging techniques/biomarkers in patients with renal disease. His current research looks at the effects of a programme of intradialytic exercise on cardiac structure and function in dialysis patients, using cardiac MRI. He is the co-founder and editor of the renal medicine education website RenalMed (@RenalMed).

Swapnil Hiremath (@hswapnil) is a Staff Nephrologist at the Ottawa Hospital, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and a Senior Clinical Investigator in the Clinical Epidemiology Programme at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. His education has been at the Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai, the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the University of Ottawa. His research interest is in using systematic reviews and meta-analyses to improve care for patients with hypertension and kidney disease.

Francesco Iannuzzella (@caioqualunque) is a Clinical Nephrologist at the Hospital and Cancer Research Institute of Reggio Emilia, Italy. His research interests are mainly focused on onconephrology: myeloma cast nephropathy, cryoglobulinemia and extracorporeal techniques for free-light chain removal. He has co-authored two Nephrology textbooks and is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Italian Journal of Nephrology (Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia). He is also very proud of his culinary awards, being an honorary member of the Emilian Culinary Academy.

Edgar Lerma (@EdgarVLermaMD) is a staff nephrologist at Advocate Christ Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Training Program/UIC in Chicago. His a prolific author, notably he co-authored Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Nephrology & Hypertension and Nephrology Secrets. He is Associate Editor for Clinical Reviews in Bone and Mineral Metabolism, and Journal of Clinical Lipidology. He serves as Section Editor for Geriatric Nephrology for International Urology and Nephrology medical journal.

Hector Madariaga (@HekMagsMD) is currently on a Kidney Transplantation Fellowship at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD and he is part of the inaugural class of the NSCM (Nephrology Social Media Collective) Internship. He completed his Nephrology fellowship at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY. He joined social media after lurking for several months on the NephJC discussions. Hector is also a contributor to the Renal Fellow Network blog. His professional interests are in kidney transplantation, electrolyte abnormalities, chronic kidney disease and the impact of social media on medical training. He is a big Boston sports fan.

Suzanne Norby (@SuzanneNorby) is the Nephrology Fellowship training program director at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  She is an Associate Professor of Medicine and vice chair of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension.  She also participates in a variety of medical education activities through the American Society of Nephrology. Her clinical practice encompasses all areas of general nephrology and long-term care of patients with kidney transplants.

Tom Oates (@toates_19) is a nephrologist in London, UK. He was previously a Chain-Florey Fellow at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, and was awarded a PhD for work examining the role of DNA methylation in crescentic glomerulonephritis during this time. His clinical interests are in glomerulonephritis and transplantation but he practises in all areas of nephrology.

Paul Phelan (@paulphel) is an academic clinician at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, where he serves as a Consultant Nephrologist and Renal Transplant Physician. His research is in renal genetics and other interests include medical education and the use of social media in Nephrology.He is also an editor of the Renal Fellow network blog.

Michelle Rheault (@rheault_m) is a pediatric nephrologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. She is also medical director of the pediatric dialysis unit. She is on the steering committee of the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium, a clinical research network that aims to facilitate collaboration in pediatric nephrology. Her clinical research interests include Alport syndrome, nephrotic syndrome, and pediatric ESRD. 

Nikhil Shah (@dr_nikhilshah) is a nephrologist currently pursuing a Home Dialysis fellowship at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He collects  nephrology educational tweets in a #Tweetbook at social kidney and is the editor of TWiN (The Week in Nephrology) section of NephJC.

Matthew A. Sparks (@Nephro_Sparks) is a physician scientist at Duke University and Durham VA Medical Centers in Durham, NC, USA. His research interest is defining the role of the kidney vasculature in hypertension pathogenesis. He is also the associate program director of the Duke Nephrology fellowship program and director of undergraduate medical research. He is also an editor of Renal Fellow Network, an advisory board member of the AJKD blog, and the co-creator of NephMadness.

Joel Topf (@kidney_boy) is a full time clinical nephrologist in Detroit. He has a long history as a medical educator that began when he wrote and published a pair of medical textbooks as a medical student and resident. Since then he has transitioned much of efforts to social media and started one of the first nephrology blogs, He is the co-creator of NephMadness, a nephrology themed online medical education project, now in its third year. He is also the co-creator of NephJC, one of the few online nephrology journal clubs tracked by the National Library of Medicine.