Social Media Ambassador Team

Kenar Jhaveri, MD
Kenar Jhaveri,
Swapnil Hiremath, MD
Swapnil Hiremath,
Scherly Leon, MD
Scherly Leon,
Edgar Lerma, MD
Edgar Lerma,

Kenar D. Jhaveri, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief in the Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in NY. He completed his residency training at Yale University New Haven Hospital in Internal Medicine and then a fellowship in Nephrology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell campus. Dr. Jhaveri’s clinical interest is in glomerular diseases and taking care of patients with renal complications following bone marrow transplantation and chemotherapy (OncoNephrology). He is one of the founding members of ASN’s workgroup on Onconephrology. He is a columnist for the ASN Kidney News for the section called “Detective Nephron.” His interest in nephrology education is vested in using creative ways of teaching nephrology to medical students, residents, and fellows. He has published on onconephrology and also in using social media and other innovative tools (games, concept maps, role playing, creative writing) to make nephrology a fun and exciting field. He has conducted numerous faculty development seminars locally to teach these techniques. He was the first editor for the AJKDBlog at its inception. He has an active twitter following @kdjhaveri and is involved in several social media projects in Nephrology. He continues to have interest in novel ways of sharing information that can make an impact on all fronts—physicians, allied health staff, and the patients. He has a teaching-oriented blog called NephronPower.

Swapnil Hiremath, MD, MPH, is a Staff Nephrologist at the Ottawa Hospital, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and also a senior clinical Investigator in the Clinical Epidemiology Programme at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. His medical education has been at the University of Mumbai and at the University of Ottawa. He also has a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and certification from the American Society of Hypertension as a Specialist in Hypertension. Dr. Hiremath's primary research interest is in using systematic reviews, meta-analyses and decision-analytic modeling to improve care for patients with hypertension, chronic kidney disease, hemodialysis and patients with acute kidney injury. He hold 3 grants as PI, in the area of contrast AKI and difficult to control hypertension. He has authored more than 80 papers, details available at this link. He is also the co-creator of the open, online twitter-based nephrology journal club, #NephJC, and blogs on the AJKD Blog here.

Scherly Leon, MD, is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine. In June 2016, she completed Nephrology Fellowship at State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She received her medical degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Queens. She also holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Science from Barry University.

Dr. Leon is passionate about patient education, health advocacy, public policy, and health disparities among disenfranchised populations. Dr. Leon is active in several professional and community organizations. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Nephrology (ASN), and Women in Nephrology (WIN). She currently serves on the ASN Media and Communications Committee and was recently elected to the WIN Executive Council.

Dr. Leon was a member of the 2015 inaugural class of the Nephrology Social Media Collective Internship with the Nephrology Journal Club, @NephJC on Twitter. She is honored to be part of this innovative group. Recognizing that technology can serve as a tool that either includes or excludes disadvantaged populations, Dr. Leon uses platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to disseminate information on the issues she is passionate about as well as to network with like-minded professionals. She is also interested in using telemedicine to enhance access to healthcare and is a physician partner at The Rowe Network.

Dr. Leon enjoys being a part of meaningful connections brought about by mentoring and encouraging others to achieve their goals. She also loves spending time with family and friends, cooking, and traveling.

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 & HypertensionNephrology 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 NephrologyClinical 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.