Sarah Jeanne Schrauben, MD, MSCE

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Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Senior Scholar, Clinical Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Research Associate, Population Aging Research Center, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

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Renal Division, 1 Founders
3400 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
BS (Human Biology)
Michigan State University, 2007.
MD (Medicine)
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 2011.
MSCE (Clinical Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2017.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Shared-decision making

Description of Research Expertise

Sarah Schrauben, MD, MSCE is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology in the Division of Renal, Electrolyte, and Hypertension, and Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics at the Perelman School of Medicine and a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the impact of health behaviors and modifiable risk factors in the development and management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its complications, as well as addressing implementation gaps of evidence-based care in CKD. She has contributed to the growing evidence base that seeks to prioritize behavior recommendations for management of CKD as well as assessing barriers to healthy behavior engagement. She has conducted studies that have identified high levels of substandard health behavior engagement among adults with CKD and phenotypes of behavior engagement that associate with clinical outcomes in this population. Her work also has assessed for real-time barriers to health behaviors by interviewing patients with CKD and developing a patient-centered behavioral intervention that leverages mobile health technology to increase engagement in healthy behaviors. She is currently conducting feasibility testing of the intervention in a clinical trial. Dr. Schrauben’s research aims to address implementation gaps in evidence-based CKD care. She is currently expanding her investigations in disease management by exploring the impact of functional status among those with CKD and multi-morbidity. Her future work aims to guide the development of innovative strategies to improve clinical and patient-reported outcomes in CKD.

Selected Publications

Schrauben SJ, Becker, WC. : Balancing Risk and Uncertain Benefit in Pharmacotherapy for Pain in Kidney Transplant Recipients. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology November 2022 (in press).

Schrauben SJ, Anderson AH, Hsu C-Y, Ix JH, Shafi T, Shlipak MG, Chen J, Hostetter TH, Brown J, Mehta R, Townsend RR, Seegmiller JC, Kimmel PL, Ramachandran VS, Feldman HI, Schelling JR: Higher Plasma ADMA Levels and Lower ADMA and SDMA Fractional Excretion Were Associated with Risk of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetic Kidney Disease. J Am Soc Nephrol 33(suppl 1): S115, October 2022.

Vasquez Rios G, Katz R, Cushman M, Parikh C, Kimmel P, Waikar SS, Schrauben SJ, Greenberg J, Sarnak M, Shlipak MG, Ix JH, Guierrez OM: Association of urine biomarkers of tubule health with mortality in those with diabetes and CKD. J Am Soc Nephrol 33(suppl 1): S116, October 2022.

Schrauben SJ, Rivera E, Park D, Amaral S, Feldman HI, Dember LM, Barg FK.: Strategies to Improve Self-Management in CKD From the Patient Perspective. J Am Soc Nephrol 33(suppl 1): S281, October 2022.

Fulchiero R, Laskin BL, Schrauben SJ: Diuretic Exposure in Critically Ill Pediatric Patients Who Progress to Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy. J Am Soc Nephrol 33(suppl 1): S963, October 2022.

32. Rivera E, Clark-Cutaia MN, Schrauben SJ, Townsend R, Lash JP, Hannan M, Jaar BG, Rincon-Choles H, Kansal S, He, J, Chen J, Hirschman KB. : Treatment Adherence in CKD and Support form Healthcare Providers: A Qualitative Study. Kidney Medicine September 2022.

Schrauben SJ, Kulkarni D.: The Truth Behind Academic Research. Darshan Talks Podcast July 2022.

Rivera E, Clark-Cutaia M, Schrauben SJ, Townsend R, Lash J, Hannan M, Colaizzo D, Greer R, Jaar B, Charleston J, Rincon-Choles H, Kansal S, He J, Chen J, Hirschman K. : Content Validity Assessment of the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire in CKD using Qualitative Methods. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19(14): 8654, July 2022.

Dorans K, Wright Nunes J, Schaubel D, Schrauben SJ, Nelson RG, Rao PS, Cohen DL, Appell LJ, Lash JP, Rahman M, Feldman HI: Associations of Anxiety during the COVID-19 Pandemic with Patient Characteristics and Behaviors among Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study Participants. Kidney360 3(8): 13341-49, May 2022.

Wise JL, Gelfand S, Glickman J, Schrauben SJ. : “Kidney Disease Knowledge and Health Literacy Among CKD Education Course Attendees”. American Journal of Kidney Diseases 2022 April;79(4 Suppl 2):S3. 79(4 Suppl 2): S3 April 2022.

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