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Sarah Jeanne Schrauben, MD, MSCE

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

Contact information
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.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern, Internal Medicine Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2012.
Resident, Internal Medicine Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2012-2014.
Fellow, Nephrology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2014-2016.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Nephrology and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 2016-2019.
Internal Medicine Board Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2014.
Nephrology Board Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine , 2016.
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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

Sise, ME, Strohbehn, IA, Schrauben, S, Berns, J.: Viral Nephropathies: Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, Hepatitis B Virus, and SARS-CoV-2. National Kidney Foundation’s Primer on Kidney Disease, Eighth Edition. Gilbert SJ, Weiner DE (eds.). Elsevier/Saunders, 2022, in press.

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.

Toth-Manikowski SM, Hsu JY, Fischer MJ, Cohen JB, Lora CM, Tan TC, He J, Greer RC, Weir MR, Zhang X, Schrauben SJ, Saunders MR, Ricardo AC, Lash JP.: Emergency Department/Urgent Care as Usual Source of Care and Clinical Outcomes in CKD: Findings from the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study. Kidney Medicine February 2022.

Schrauben SJ, Apple BJ, Chang AR: Modifiable Lifestyle Behaviors and Chronic Kidney Disease Progression: A Narrative Review. Kidney360 January 2022 Notes: DOI:

Schrauben SJ, Rivera E, Bocage C, Eriksen W, Amaral S, Dember LM, Feldman HI, Barg FK: A Qualitative Study of Facilitators and Barriers to Self-management of Chronic Kidney Disease. Kidney International reports 7(1): 46-55, 2022.

Gutiérrez OM, Shlipak, MG, Katz R, Waikar SS, Greenberg JH, Schrauben SJ, Coca S, Parikh CR, Ramachandran SV, Feldman HI, Kimmel P, Cushman M, Bonventre JV, Sarnak M, Ix JH. : Associations of plasma biomarkers of inflammation, fibrosis and kidney tubular injury with incident kidney failure needing replacement therapy in adults with diabetes and CKD American Journal of Kidney Diseases. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2021.09.018. (eds.). 2021, online ahead of print.

Schrauben SJ, Apurva I, Yule C, Kwiecien S, Krekel C, Collins C, Anderson CAM, Bailey-Davis L, Chang AR.: Effects of Dietary App-supported Tele-counseling on Sodium Intake, Diet Quality, and Blood Pressure in Patients with Diabetes and Kidney Disease. Journal of Renal Nutrition Page: S1051-2276(21)00220-X, Oct 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1053/j.jrn.2021.08.006.

Babroudi, S, Tighiouart, H, Schrauben SJ, Cohen JB, He J, Rao PS, Fischer MJ, Rahman M, Go AS, Hsu C-Y, Sozio SM, Weir MR, Sarnak MJ, Yaffe K, Tamura MK, Drew DA: Baseline and Time-Updated Systolic Blood Pressure and Incident Cognitive Impairment in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort. J Am Soc Nephrol 32(suppl 1): S13, Oct 2021.

Kidney Disease and Longitudinal Changes in Muscle Function in Older Adults. : Kidney Disease and Longitudinal Changes in Muscle Function in Older Adults. J Am Soc Nephrol 32(suppl 1): S696, Oct 2021.

Rivera E, Clark-Cutaia MN, Schrauben SJ, Townsend RR, Lash JP, Colazzo DJ, Gaar BG, Charleston J, Rinon-Choles H, He J, Chen J, Hanna M, Hirshman KB. : Treatment Adherence Support and Relationships with CKD Providers: A Qualitative Analysis. J Am Soc Nephrol 32(suppl 1): S735, Oct 2021.

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