Dr. Lederer received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Illinois in Chicago. During her clinical training, Dr. Lederer observed low levels of health literacy among her patients with kidney disease and recognized the importance of strong health communication when caring for complex, chronically ill patients. These experiences prompted her to pursue a 2-year Advanced Research Fellowship through the Department of Veterans Affairs to examine patient-provider communication, health literacy, and self-care practices among patients with chronic and end-stage kidney disease. During that time, she also completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Illinois, School of Public Health, with an emphasis in qualitative research. Dr. Lederer’s interests outside of medicine include spending time with her family, travelling, and cooking.

Research Interest

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Health Literacy
  • Patient Activation


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

A question prompt sheet for adult patients with chronic kidney disease.
Lederer S, Fischer MJ, Gordon HS, Wadhwa A, Popli S, Gordon EJ BMC Nephrol 2016 Oct 17 1 155
Barriers to effective communication between veterans with chronic kidney disease and their healthcare providers.
Lederer S, Fischer MJ, Gordon HS, Wadhwa A, Popli S, Gordon EJ Clin Kidney J 2015 Dec 8 6 766-71

Honors & Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching, Internal Medicine
    University of Illinois at Chicago (2017)
  • Trainee Top Poster
    National Kidney Foundation Annual Conference (2015)
  • Selected Participant
    National Kidney Foundation's Young Investigator Forum (2014)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Nephrology (2012)
  • National Kidney Foundation (2012)