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

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.

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


Lee, Jeanne, Robert Singletary, Kenneth Schmader, Deverick J. Anderson, Michael Bolognesi, and Keith S. Kaye. “Surgical site infection in the elderly following orthopaedic surgery. Risk factors and outcomes..” J Bone Joint Surg Am 88, no. 8 (August 2006): 1705–12.

Full Text

Hanlon, Joseph T., Carl F. Pieper, Emily R. Hajjar, Richard J. Sloane, Catherine I. Lindblad, Christine M. Ruby, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Incidence and predictors of all and preventable adverse drug reactions in frail elderly persons after hospital stay..” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 61, no. 5 (May 2006): 511–15.

Full Text

Schmader, K. E., and J. Twersky. “Herpes zoster, cellulitis, and scabies.” In Infection Management for Geriatrics in Long-Term Care Facilities, Second Edition, 277–96, 2006.


Schmader, K. “Treatment and prevention strategies for herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia in older adults.” Clinical Geriatrics 14, no. 1 (January 1, 2006): 26–33.


Kaiser, Robert M., Kenneth E. Schmader, Carl F. Pieper, Catherine I. Lindblad, Christine M. Ruby, and Joseph T. Hanlon. “Therapeutic failure-related hospitalisations in the frail elderly..” Drugs Aging 23, no. 7 (2006): 579–86.

Full Text

Fillenbaum, Gerda G., Maragatha N. Kuchibhatla, Joseph T. Hanlon, Margaret B. Artz, Carl F. Pieper, Kenneth E. Schmader, Maurice W. Dysken, and Shelly L. Gray. “Dementia and Alzheimer's disease in community-dwelling elders taking vitamin C and/or vitamin E..” Ann Pharmacother 39, no. 12 (December 2005): 2009–14.

Full Text