Objectives: In patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), elevated serum uric acid (SUA) levels may predict worse cardiovascular outcomes. It is known that SUA levels are influenced by renal function. We aimed to assess the predictive value of SUA while taking into account patients' renal function. Methods: The primary end point (PEP) risk, including fatal or nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) or sudden death, was assessed by SUA quintiles before and after adjustment for the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in 2,796 nondiabetic CAD patients enrolled in the Bezafibrate Infarction Prevention study.Results: The PEP risk increased from the lowest (11.8%) to highest SUA quintile (18.0%), p < 0.005, respectively. After adjustment for age, sex, smoking, prior MI, metabolic syndrome variables, NYHA classes II-IV, heart rate and treatment with bezafibrate, diuretics, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers and antiplatelets, the highest SUA quintile exhibited the highest PEP risk [hazard ratio (HR): 1.47 (95% CI: 1.06-2.04)]. Patients in the highest - compared with those in the lowest - quintiles continued to demonstrate an increased PEP risk [HR: 1.46 (95% CI: 1.04-2.06)], even after additional adjustment for the eGFR.Conclusion: In nondiabetic patients with CAD, elevated SUA levels are associated with an increased risk of cardiac events, independent of renal function.