Social Media Ambassador Team

Dr. Ankit Sakhuja is a nephrologist and cardiac intensivist in Morgantown, West Virginia and is affiliated with West Virginia University Hospitals. He received his medical degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and has been in practice between 0-5 years. He is one of 3 doctors at West Virginia University Hospitals who specialize in cardiac critical care and nephrology.

Diana (Mina) Mahbod is a private practice nephrologist with Dallas Renal Group in Dallas, Texas. Since discovering the robust online and social media nephrology community, she has become an enthusiast for online medical education and collaboration. She was part of the 2018 class of the Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC) and has contributed to NephMadness, Renal Fellow Network, and the AJKD blog. She has hosted NephJC chats and is co-creator of LandmarkNephrology.com, an online educational initiative. Diana is on the executive committee of the Nephrology Business and Leadership University (NBLU) and is a member of the ASN and Women in Nephrology. She is also a Fellow of the National Kidney Foundation (FNKF) and has served on the Young Professional Board of the NKF of Northern California, as well as being featured as a guest in the "Life as a Nephrologist" podcast series. Diana hopes to provide the best care to her patients as a community nephrologist while staying connected to educational initiatives, mentorship opportunities, and the collaboration that is now possible across the world via the online nephrology community.

Edgar Lerma, MD, earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in Manila, Philippines. He completed Residency Training in Internal Medicine at UIC/Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, where he also served as Chief Resident. He completed a Fellowship in Nephrology and Hypertension at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and the Veterans Administration Lakeside Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Lerma is a Diplomate in the Subspecialty of Nephrology with the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and presentations; notable publications include Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Nephrology & Hypertension, Nephrology Secrets, and Henrich’s Principles and Practice of Dialysis. He has peer reviewed and served on editorial boards for numerous journals, and currently is Associate Editor for International Urology and Nephrology, Clinical Reviews in Bone and Mineral Metabolism, and Journal of Clinical Lipidology.

At present, he holds the rank of Clinical Professor of Medicine with the Section of Nephrology at University of Illinois at Chicago. He serves as the Educational Coordinator for Nephrology with UIC/Advocate Christ Medical Center.

In recognition of his clinical work and expertise, Dr. Lerma has been elected to Fellowship of the American College of Physicians, Fellowship of the American Society of Nephrology, Fellowship of the American Heart Association/ Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease, Fellowship of the American Society of Hypertension, Fellowship of the National Lipid Association, Fellowship of the National Kidney Foundation, and Fellowship of the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology. He has also been recognized for teaching and has been the recipient of “Subspecialty Teaching Attending Physician of the Year” in 2006 and “Physician Recognition Award for Excellence in Academics” in 2011 from UIC/Advocate Christ Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Training Program.

Dr. Lerma’s research interests include CKD, hypertension, bone and mineral disorders, and dyslipidemias in CKD.

Dr. Juan Carlos Q. Velez earned a medical degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. He completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, serving as Chief Medical Resident. Subsequently, he completed a clinical and research fellowship in Nephrology at Emory University School of Medicine.

Following his training, he joined the Division of Nephrology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). After spending 11 years of intense clinical, educational and investigational efforts at MUSC, he was recruited by the Department of Nephrology at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in 2016 to enhance the academic and clinical research programs of the department.

Dr. Velez has conducted experimental research in the area of the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system that resulted in federal funding and peer-reviewed publications. Clinically, his areas of expertise and ongoing investigation include hepatorenal acute kidney injury, hyponatremia, glomerular diseases and renal syndromes associated with exposure to antimicrobials.

Dr. Velez is certified in Nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, in Kidney Ultrasonography by the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology, and as a Hypertension Specialist by the American Society of Hypertension, and he is a member of the Southern Society of Clinical Investigation. In addition, he serves in the American Society of Nephrology / National Board of Medical Examiners Fellows In-Training Examination Development Committee and has a track record of mentoring young trainees.

Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, (a.k.a. Kam Kalantar) is a triple board-certified physician, who studied medicine at the Universities of Bonn and Nuremberg in Germany (MD degree) and received MPH and PhD degrees in Epidemiology from University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health. Dr. Kalantar's postgraduate training includes an internship training in Nuremberg, Germany, residency training in Internal Medicine and also in Pediatrics in the State University of New York (SUNY, 1993-97), and a nephrology fellowship at University of California San Francisco (UCSF, 1997-2000). During 2000-2012 Dr. Kalantar was a full-time faculty at Harbor-UCLA including Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Epidemiology at UCLA. Since 2012 he has served as a tenured Professor and HEAD of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at University of California Irvine (UC Irvine) School of Medicine, in Orange and Irvine, CA, and a Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Public Health at UC Irvine and attending nephrologist at UC Irvine as well as Long Beach Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital. Dr. Kalantar-Zadeh has been recognized by several prestigious top/best physician directories in the USA including SUPER DOCTORS™ and TOP PHYSICIANS™ Castle-Connelly. In 2014 he was ranked among top 10 experts in ESRD and Chronic Kidney Failure by Expertscape™. He serves as the immediate past President of the International Society of Renal Nutrition & Metabolism. President elect of the International Federation of Kidney Foundations and the International Steering Committee of the World Kidney Day. Prof. Kalantar-Zadeh has published over 600 scientific articles, authored many chapters, and presented numerous grand rounds and other lectures in national and international conferences. He is an editor of nephrology and nutrition textbooks including the “Nutritional Management of Renal Disease”, 3rd edition 2013. Dr. Kalantar is an Associate Editor or member of the editorial board of several top journals.

Melissa Prest completed her doctorate in clinical nutrition from Rutgers University and her master's degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Prest has presented both locally and nationally on her research and other healthcare related topics. She has authored product updates for the Journal on Renal Nutrition, and mobile application reviews for the Renal Nutrition Forum.

Dr. Prest has worked in a variety of practice settings with a focus on clinical nutrition. For the past eleven years she has provided medical nutrition therapy to patients with chronic kidney disease receiving maintenance hemodialysis. Dr. Prest is also the owner of a private practice and health coaching firm, Kidney Nutrition Specialists, based in Chicago, IL. In 2014, Dr. Prest was awarded with the Emerging Dietetic Leader award for her leadership in the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Illinois Council on Renal Nutrition.

Nathaniel Reisinger is a nephrologist and assistant professor of medicine at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. He graduated medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern, finished internal medicine residency at Columbia, and completed nephrology fellowship and clinical ultrasound fellowship at Penn. He is interested in novel technologies to enhance the patient experience in nephrology and is an active researcher and educator in point-of-care ultrasound. Nathaniel serves with the Cardio Renal Society of America as the Creator and Director of the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Immersion Course for Cardio Renal University and has helped organize ultrasound point-of-care ultrasound lectures and courses for the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week, National Kidney Foundation's Spring Clinical Meeting, Nephrology Business Leadership University, KIDNEYcon, and the Penn Division of Critical Care Medicine. He has a keen interest in the use of social media in nephrology, having completed an internship with the Nephrology Social Media Collective 2017. He is a past contributor to AJKDblog and intern with the American Society of Nephrology Advocacy and Public Policy Committee.

Dr. Teri Browne is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty and Research at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work in Columbia, SC. Dr. Browne is the co-director of interprofessional health for the health sciences at the University of South Carolina. She earned her MSW at the State University of New York at Buffalo and her PhD at the University of Chicago. Dr. Browne worked as a nephrology social worker for 13 years in NY, CA and IL and was the national chairperson of Council of Nephrology Social Work. Dr. Browne is the editor-in-chief of National Kidney Foundation’s Journal of Nephrology Social Work. She is currently the Chairperson of the End Stage Renal Disease Network of the South Atlantic Grievance Committee and a member of the Network’s Divisional Board. Dr. Browne is a social work field instructor for the National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina and is a member of the American Association of Kidney Patient’s Board of Directors. She is also the co-editor of the Handbook of Health Social Work.