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

Publications

Hastings, S Nicole, Eugene Z. Oddone, Gerda Fillenbaum, Richard J. Sloane, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Frequency and predictors of adverse health outcomes in older Medicare beneficiaries discharged from the emergency department.” Med Care 46, no. 8 (August 2008): 771–77. https://doi.org/10.1097/MLR.0b013e3181791a2d.

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18665056
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Hendrix, C. C., M. T. Heflin, J. Twersky, C. Knight, J. Payne, J. Y. Bradford, and K. E. Schmader. “Post-hospital clinic for older patients and their family caregivers.” Annals of Long Term Care 16, no. 5 (May 1, 2008): 20–24.

Scholars@Duke

Hastings, S Nicole, Kenneth E. Schmader, Richard J. Sloane, Morris Weinberger, Carl F. Pieper, Kenneth C. Goldberg, and Eugene Z. Oddone. “Quality of pharmacotherapy and outcomes for older veterans discharged from the emergency department.” J Am Geriatr Soc 56, no. 5 (May 2008): 875–80. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.01648.x.

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18341519
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Hastings, S Nicole, Linda K. George, Gerda G. Fillenbaum, Robert S. Park, Bruce M. Burchett, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Does lack of social support lead to more ED visits for older adults?” Am J Emerg Med 26, no. 4 (May 2008): 454–61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2007.07.005.

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18410815
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Levin, M. J., M. N. Oxman, J. H. Zhang, G. R. Johnson, H. Stanley, A. R. Hayward, M. J. Caulfield, et al. “Varicella-zoster virus-specific immune responses in elderly recipients of a herpes zoster vaccine.” J Infect Dis 197, no. 6 (March 15, 2008): 825–35. https://doi.org/10.1086/528696.

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18419349
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Oxman, Michael N., Myron J. Levin, and Myron J. Shingles Prevention Study Group. “Vaccination against Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia.” J Infect Dis 197 Suppl 2 (March 1, 2008): S228–36. https://doi.org/10.1086/522159.

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18419402
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Schmader, Kenneth, John W. Gnann, and C Peter Watson. “The epidemiological, clinical, and pathological rationale for the herpes zoster vaccine.” J Infect Dis 197 Suppl 2 (March 1, 2008): S207–15. https://doi.org/10.1086/522152.

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18419399
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Dworkin, Robert H., Dennis C. Turk, Kathleen W. Wyrwich, Dorcas Beaton, Charles S. Cleeland, John T. Farrar, Jennifer A. Haythornthwaite, et al. “Interpreting the clinical importance of treatment outcomes in chronic pain clinical trials: IMMPACT recommendations.” J Pain 9, no. 2 (February 2008): 105–21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2007.09.005.

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18055266
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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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