CDR Lederman earned her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. She trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the Naval Medical Center San Diego; she served for 12 years as a Navy physician including her post-graduate training, a tour at the Naval Medical Research Unit-2 in Jakarta Indonesia doing malaria research, as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Poxvirus and Rabies Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as a clinical consultant on the USNS Mercy and as a staff Infectious Disease specialist at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. She also earned her Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School. She resigned her US Navy commission and 2 years later was commissioned as a Public Health Service officer. She currently works for Immigration and Customs Enforcement as the Infectious Disease Consultant for the agency. She also holds a lecturer position at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health. She has authored over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals.