Kenneth E. Schmader, MD

Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Geriatrics
Department / Division:
Medicine / Medicine - Geriatrics
DUMC 3003
Durham, NC 27710
Appointment Telephone:
Office Telephone:
919-286-0411, extension 6932
  • MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine (North Carolina), 1980
  • Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center (Wisconsin), 1980-1983
  • Geriatrics, Duke University Medical Center Durham VA Medical Center, 1986-1988
Clinical Interests:
Geriatric medicine, general internal medicine, herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia, drugs and the elderly, geriatric assessment of the frail elderly
Research Interests:
Dr. Schmader's primary area of research is herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) and vaccines in older adults. He conducts pre-clinical, epidemiological and intervention studies of zoster and PHN, particularly with the zoster and influenza vaccines. He is involved with other adult vaccine development in older adults. With colleagues in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Schmader investigates other infections in older adults.

Another major research focus is adverse drug reactions, medication prescribing and pharmacoepidemiology in the elderly. The objective of the medication work is to reduce adverse drug reactions, improve inappropriate prescribing and determine drug use patterns in the elderly.
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