NephSIM is a mobile-friendly teaching tool website designed for anyone who wants to learn or teach nephrology! It can be used to learn or teach how to establish a differential diagnosis, understand pathophysiology, and review urinalysis, ultrasound, kidney pathology, vascular access, kidney transplantation, acid-base physiology, electrolyte disturbances, and more. 

Meet Our Team

Co-Founder & Social Media Director
Samira Farouk, MD, MS (@ssfarouk) is currently an academic transplant nephrologist and Associate Program Director of the nephrology fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). She completed her internal medicine residency, nephrology and transplant fellowship at ISSMS and served as chief fellow. She is an executive board member of the Nephrology Social Media Collective and NephMadness and serves as the Director of Trainee Engagement and Mentoring of KIDNEYcon


achel Hilburg, MD (@RachelHilburg) is currently a nephrology fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and is serving as chief fellow. She completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


Special thanks to:

Arkana Laboratories (@arkanalabs), with the highest concentration of nephropathologists in the world, and a strong commitment to research, education, and innovation, for high-quality pathology images.

Vandana Dua Niyyar, MD, FASN, FNKF, FASDIN (@vandyniyyar) for guidance and assistance with vascular cases. She is currently Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at Emory University. Dr. Niyyar’s main clinical interests are in end stage kidney disease, with specific expertise in dealing with vascular access for hemodialysis patients. She serves in a variety of leadership roles, including as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN) and Chair of the ASDIN Ultrasound Sub-Committee. 

Aisha Shaikh, MD (@aishaikh) for guidance and assistance with vascular access cases. She is currently the Chief of Nephrology at the James J. Peters Veterans Affair Medical Center in New York and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Thank you to our contributors for providing images and assistance with cases: 

Bhavnish Bucktowarsing (@Buck1486)
Kartik Kalra (@kkalra_22)
Corey Cavanaugh (@ccavanaugh87)
Derian Lai (@GlomeruLai)
Jia Hwei Ng (@jiahweing)

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