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

Dworkin, Robert H., John W. Gnann, Anne Louise Oaklander, Srinivasa N. Raja, Kenneth E. Schmader, and Richard J. Whitley. “Diagnosis and assessment of pain associated with herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia..” J Pain 9, no. 1 Suppl 1 (January 2008): S37–44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2007.10.008.

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18166464
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Hastings, S Nicole, Kenneth E. Schmader, Richard J. Sloane, Morris Weinberger, Kenneth C. Goldberg, and Eugene Z. Oddone. “Adverse health outcomes after discharge from the emergency department--incidence and risk factors in a veteran population..” J Gen Intern Med 22, no. 11 (November 2007): 1527–31. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-007-0343-9.

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17828432
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Hastings, S Nicole, Richard J. Sloane, Kenneth C. Goldberg, Eugene Z. Oddone, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “The quality of pharmacotherapy in older veterans discharged from the emergency department or urgent care clinic..” J Am Geriatr Soc 55, no. 9 (September 2007): 1339–48. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2007.01303.x.

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17767675
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Levin, Myron J., and Kenneth Schmader. “Prevention strategies: herpes zoster, post-herpetic neuralgia and immunogenicity..” Herpes 14 Suppl 2 (September 2007): 45–47.

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17939896
Scholars@Duke

Spinewine, Anne, Kenneth E. Schmader, Nick Barber, Carmel Hughes, Kate L. Lapane, Christian Swine, and Joseph T. Hanlon. “Appropriate prescribing in elderly people: how well can it be measured and optimised?.” Lancet 370, no. 9582 (July 14, 2007): 173–84. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61091-5.

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17630041
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Schmader, Kenneth E., Richard Sloane, Carl Pieper, Paul M. Coplan, Alexander Nikas, Patricia Saddier, Ivan S. F. Chan, et al. “The impact of acute herpes zoster pain and discomfort on functional status and quality of life in older adults..” Clin J Pain 23, no. 6 (July 2007): 490–96. https://doi.org/10.1097/AJP.0b013e318065b6c9.

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17575488
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Schmader, K. “Does a recent herpes zoster episode preclude vaccination?.” Consultant 47, no. 4 (April 1, 2007).

Scholars@Duke

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