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 MedicineI 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 present work includes assessing for real-time barriers to self-management 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 will conduct its feasibility in a clinical trial. Dr. Schrauben is moving into the area of implementation science in order to address implementation 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.
Dr. Schrauben received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology with a specialization in Health Promotion from Michigan State University, and her medical degree from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. She completed Internal Medicine residency training, and a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania. She also received a Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania.