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

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. https://doi.org/10.1345/aph.1G280.

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16227448
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Hajjar, Emily R., Joseph T. Hanlon, Richard J. Sloane, Catherine I. Lindblad, Carl F. Pieper, Christine M. Ruby, Laurence C. Branch, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Unnecessary drug use in frail older people at hospital discharge..” J Am Geriatr Soc 53, no. 9 (September 2005): 1518–23. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2005.53523.x.

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16137281
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Hanlon, Joseph T., and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Essentials of prescribing in the era of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act..” Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 3, no. 3 (September 2005): 123–26.

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16257814
Scholars@Duke

Oxman, M. N., M. J. Levin, G. R. Johnson, K. E. Schmader, S. E. Straus, L. D. Gelb, R. D. Arbeit, et al. “A vaccine to prevent herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia in older adults..” N Engl J Med 352, no. 22 (June 2, 2005): 2271–84. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa051016.

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15930418
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Hanlon, Joseph T., and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Drug-drug interactions in older adults: which ones matter?.” Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 3, no. 2 (June 2005): 61–63. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1543-5946(05)00030-9.

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16129382
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Kaye, Keith S., Kristine Schmit, Carl Pieper, Richard Sloane, Kathleen F. Caughlan, Daniel J. Sexton, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “The effect of increasing age on the risk of surgical site infection..” J Infect Dis 191, no. 7 (April 1, 2005): 1056–62. https://doi.org/10.1086/428626.

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15747239
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Lindblad, Catherine I., Margaret B. Artz, Carl F. Pieper, Richard J. Sloane, Emily R. Hajjar, Christine M. Ruby, Kenneth E. Schmader, and Joseph T. Hanlon. “Potential drug-disease interactions in frail, hospitalized elderly veterans..” Ann Pharmacother 39, no. 3 (March 2005): 412–17. https://doi.org/10.1345/aph.1E467.

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15687479
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Kaye, Keith S., Kenneth E. Schmader, and Robert Sawyer. “Surgical site infection in the elderly population..” Clin Infect Dis 39, no. 12 (December 15, 2004): 1835–41. https://doi.org/10.1086/425744.

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15578408
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