Kenneth Edwin Schmader, MD

Professor of Medicine
Director of the GRECC and ACOS for Geriatrics and Extended Care
Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Campus mail Duke Box 3469, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-7572
Email address schma001@mc.duke.edu

Dr. Schmader’s areas of research include herpes zoster, infections, and vaccines in older adults.  He conducts translational, clinical trials and observational studies of herpes zoster, influenza, pneumococcal and respiratory syncytial vaccines and other infections funded by grants from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), VA Office of Research and Development, and Industry sources.  He has played a pivotal role in the development of zoster vaccines in older adults.  Dr. Schmader also performs research in medications and older adults, focusing on pharmacoepidemiology, optimal drug use and reduction of adverse drug reactions.

He is the Director of the NIA-funded P30 Duke Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and Co-PI of the NIAID funded Vaccine and Therapeutics Effectiveness Unit (VTEU) at Duke.  He serves on the Working Groups for the Herpes Zoster, Influenza, and General Adult Immunization Guidelines for the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and is the American Geriatrics Society liaison to the ACIP.

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Geriatrics, Medicine, Duke University, 1986 - 1988
  • Chief Medical Resident, Medicine, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1983 - 1983
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1980 - 1983
  • M.D., Wake Forest University, 1980

Grants

Publications

Ali, Robin C., Chiara Melloni, Fang-Shu Ou, Kenneth Schmader, E Magnus Ohman, Matthew T. Roe, Eric D. Peterson, and Karen P. Alexander. “Age and persistent use of cardiovascular medication after acute coronary syndrome: results from medication applied and sustained over time..” J Am Geriatr Soc 57, no. 11 (November 2009): 1990–96. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2009.02483.x.

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19754499
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Weinberg, Adriana, Jane H. Zhang, Michael N. Oxman, Gary R. Johnson, Anthony R. Hayward, Michael J. Caulfield, Michael R. Irwin, et al. “Varicella-zoster virus-specific immune responses to herpes zoster in elderly participants in a trial of a clinically effective zoster vaccine..” J Infect Dis 200, no. 7 (October 1, 2009): 1068–77. https://doi.org/10.1086/605611.

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Wright, Rollin M., Richard Sloane, Carl F. Pieper, Christine Ruby-Scelsi, Jack Twersky, Kenneth E. Schmader, and Joseph T. Hanlon. “Underuse of indicated medications among physically frail older US veterans at the time of hospital discharge: results of a cross-sectional analysis of data from the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Drug Study..” Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 7, no. 5 (October 2009): 271–80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjopharm.2009.11.002.

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19948303
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Colón-Emeric, Cathleen S., Kenneth E. Schmader, Jack Twersky, Maragantha Kuchibhatla, Sally Kellum, and Morris Weinberger. “Development and pilot testing of computerized order entry algorithms for geriatric problems in nursing homes..” J Am Geriatr Soc 57, no. 9 (September 2009): 1644–53. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2009.02387.x.

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19682123
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Harbecke, Ruth, Michael N. Oxman, Beth A. Arnold, Charlotte Ip, Gary R. Johnson, Myron J. Levin, Lawrence D. Gelb, et al. “A real-time PCR assay to identify and discriminate among wild-type and vaccine strains of varicella-zoster virus and herpes simplex virus in clinical specimens, and comparison with the clinical diagnoses..” J Med Virol 81, no. 7 (July 2009): 1310–22. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmv.21506.

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Anderson, Sharon, Jeffrey B. Halter, William R. Hazzard, Jonathan Himmelfarb, Frances McFarland Horne, George A. Kaysen, John W. Kusek, et al. “Prediction, progression, and outcomes of chronic kidney disease in older adults..” J Am Soc Nephrol 20, no. 6 (June 2009): 1199–1209. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.2008080860.

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19470680
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Dworkin, Robert H., Richard L. Barbano, Stephen K. Tyring, Robert F. Betts, Michael P. McDermott, Janet Pennella-Vaughan, Gary J. Bennett, et al. “A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of oxycodone and of gabapentin for acute pain in herpes zoster..” Pain 142, no. 3 (April 2009): 209–17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pain.2008.12.022.

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19195785
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Caram, L Brett, Jodi Chen, E William Taggart, David R. Hillyard, Rosemary She, Christopher R. Polage, Jack Twersky, Kenneth Schmader, Cathy A. Petti, and Christopher W. Woods. “Respiratory syncytial virus outbreak in a long-term care facility detected using reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction: an argument for real-time detection methods..” J Am Geriatr Soc 57, no. 3 (March 2009): 482–85. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.02153.x.

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19187415
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Kaye, Keith S., Deverick J. Anderson, Richard Sloane, Luke F. Chen, Yong Choi, Katherine Link, Daniel J. Sexton, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “The effect of surgical site infection on older operative patients..” J Am Geriatr Soc 57, no. 1 (January 2009): 46–54. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.02053.x.

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Anderson, D. J., K. S. Kaye, L. F. Chen, K. E. Schmader, Y. Choi, R. Sloane, and D. J. Sexton. “Clinical and financial outcomes due to methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus surgical site infection: A multi-center matched outcomes study.” Plos One 4, no. 12 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0008305.

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