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Campus Address: 

5149 MFCB
1685 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705

Campus Phone Number: 
(608) 262-0361

Brad Astor, PhD, MPH

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Population Health Sciences
  • Department of Medicine


My research covers several different aspects of kidney disease and its interaction with cardiovascular disease. I have a special interest in biomarkers of kidney function and the associations of these biomarkers with clinical outcomes, including incident chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and mortality. I have pursued research in these areas in the general population (e.g., Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities [ARIC] Study, Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis [MESA]) as well as in clinical trials (African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension [AASK]) and observational studies of dialysis patients (Choices for Healthy Outcomes in Caring for ESRD [CHOICE]). Other areas of interest include predictors of outcomes in kidney transplant recipients, which I have pursued using data from the Wisconsin Allograft Recipient Database (WisARD), and hemodialysis vascular access complications.


  • Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, UWSMPH
  • Department of Population Health Sciences, UWSMPH
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine

Select Publications

Astor BC, Muth B, Kaufman DB, Pirsch JD, Hofmann RM, Djamali A. Serum ß2-microglobulin at Discharge Predicts Mortality and Graft Loss Following Kidney Transplantation. Kidney Int 2013. PMID: 23657143

Chan MR, Oza-Gajera B, Chapla K, Djamali AX, Muth BL, Turk J, Wakeen M, Yevzlin AS, Astor BC. Initial Vascular Access Type in Patients With a Failed Renal Transplant. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2014. PMID: 24903392

Shin JI, Palta M, Djamali A, Kaufman DB, Astor BC. The Association Between Renin-Angiotensin System Blockade and Long-term Outcomes in Renal Transplant Recipients: The Wisconsin Allograft Recipient Database (WisARD). Transplantation 2015. PMID: 26566058