Joel Topf went to medical school at Wayne state University School of Medicine and did Med-Peds at Indiana University after which he did an adult fellowship in nephrology at the University of Chicago. He is currently an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Joel’s passion is using social media and new media to teach nephrology. This began with desktop publishing his fluid and electrolyte book in the 90’s. Then he began his blog, PBFluids in 2008. He co-created both NephMadness and NephJC to leverage the power of community, digital scholarship, and creativity to teach nephrology. He is a founder of the Nephrology Social Media Collective internship which trains medical professionals to use social media for medical education. Joel is a pioneer in bringing visual abstracts to nephrology and is a visual abstract editor for CJASN. He is a frequent guest on the Curbsiders and the creator and host of the nephrology podcasts, Freely Filtered and Channel your Enthusiasm, The Burton Rose Book Club. In 2017, the American Society of Nephrology awarded him The Robert G. Narins Award for Innovations in Teaching.