Meet Department Chair Dr. Eleanor Lederer

Lederer welcome 2018Eleanor D. Lederer, M.D., FASN, FACP, is Professor of Medicine, interim Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

She received her medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine. She is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.

Dr. Lederer has a strong commitment to service at a local and national level. She has been the Division Chief for Nephrology and Hypertension for nine years and was the nephrology fellowship program director from 2002 - 2013.

She served on the Executive Committee for Nephrology Training Program Directors of the American Society of Nephrology and was a member of the Item Writing Committee for the Nephrology In Training Exam for six years.

She is currently a Council Member for the American Society of Nephrology and completed her presidency year in 2017.

Dr. Lederer is deeply committed to undergraduate and graduate medical education. In addition to her participation in nephrology fellowship educational venues, she has been a member of the residency evaluation committee, now the current Clinical Competency Committee for the UofL Internal Medicine Residency Program from 1991 - 2017.

She has completed the Health Educators Curriculum and is currently a clinical consultant to the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Louisville. She has received numerous teaching awards from the Division of Nephrology, the Department of Medicine, and the University of Louisville.

Research has been an important component of Dr. Lederer's career. She has maintained an active basic science laboratory for over 20 years, investigating the regulation of proximal tubule transport, particularly phosphate transport.

She is an acknowledged leader in this area with over 60 peer reviewed publications and over 30 chapters and regularly participates in Study Sections for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), VA, and the American Heart Association (AHA).  She is a section editor for Clinical Nephrology, an author and editor for eMedicine/WebMD, and a review editor for the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and the American Journal of Physiology/Renal Physiology.

Additionally, she serves as a reviewer for a dozen journals and has received awards from the American Physiological Society for her review efforts and currently serves as the ACOS for Research at the Louisville Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Lederer maintains an active clinical practice focusing on transplantation, nephrolithiasis, and genetic disorders of the kidney in the outpatient clinic setting, general nephrology in the inpatient setting, and in center hemodialysis.

Her clinical work is combined with undergraduate and graduate medical education in all of these venues.