Sarah Schrauben

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Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

M.D., Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 2011

Description of Clinical Expertise

Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Shared-decision making

Description of Research Expertise


Dr. Schrauben's 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, and addresses 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 and to assess 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 present work includes assessing for real-time barriers to self-management by interviewing patients with CKD and testing the feasibility of a patient-centered behavioral intervention that leverages mobile health technology to increase engagement in healthy behaviors. Dr. Schrauben is moving into the area of accelerating aging and functional status decline among those with kidney diseases and using implementation science principles to address gaps in evidence-based CKD care. 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.

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.

Srivastava A, Cai X, Mehta RC, Lee J, Chu DI, Mills KT, Shafi T, Talierocio JJ, Hsu JY, Schrauben SJ, Saunders R, Diamantidis CJ, Hsu CY, Waikar SS, Lash JP, Isakova T: Hospitalization Trajectories and Risks of ESRD and Death in Individuals with CKD. Kidney International Reports 6(6): 1592-1602, June 2021.

Schrauben SJ, Appel L, Rivera E, Lora CM, Lash JP, Chen J, Hamm LL, Fink JC, Go AS, Townsend RR, Deo R, Dember LM, Feldman HI, Diamantidis CJ.: Mobile Health (mHealth) Technology: Assessment of Availability, Acceptability, and Use in CKD. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 77(6 ): 941-950, June 2021.

Research Themes