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 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


Hanlon, Joseph T., Lawrence R. Landerman, Margaret B. Artz, Shelly L. Gray, Gerda G. Fillenbaum, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Histamine2 receptor antagonist use and decline in cognitive function among community dwelling elderly.” Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 13, no. 11 (November 2004): 781–87.

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Hanlon, J. T., and K. E. Schmader. “Three articles concerning pain management in the elderly.” American Journal Geriatric Pharmacotherapy 2, no. 3 (September 1, 2004): 155–56.

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Coplan, Paul M., Kenneth Schmader, Alexander Nikas, Ivan S. F. Chan, Peter Choo, Myron J. Levin, Gary Johnson, et al. “Development of a measure of the burden of pain due to herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia for prevention trials: adaptation of the brief pain inventory.” J Pain 5, no. 6 (August 2004): 344–56.

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McGarry, Sarah A., John J. Engemann, Kenneth Schmader, Daniel J. Sexton, and Keith S. Kaye. “Surgical-site infection due to Staphylococcus aureus among elderly patients: mortality, duration of hospitalization, and cost.” Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 25, no. 6 (June 2004): 461–67.

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Fillenbaum, Gerda G., Joseph T. Hanlon, Lawrence R. Landerman, Margaret B. Artz, Heidi O’Connor, Bryan Dowd, Cynthia R. Gross, Chad Boult, Judith Garrard, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Impact of inappropriate drug use on health services utilization among representative older community-dwelling residents.” Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 2, no. 2 (June 2004): 92–101.

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Schmader, Kenneth E., Joseph T. Hanlon, Carl F. Pieper, Richard Sloane, Christine M. Ruby, Jack Twersky, Susan Dove Francis, et al. “Effects of geriatric evaluation and management on adverse drug reactions and suboptimal prescribing in the frail elderly.” Am J Med 116, no. 6 (March 15, 2004): 394–401.

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Schmader, K. “Herpes Zoster in the Long-Term Care Setting.” Annals of Long Term Care 12, no. 1 (January 1, 2004): 38–42.


Hanlon, J. T., and K. E. Schmader. “A case series, reviews, and an approach to improving adherence in older patients with chronic heart failure.” American Journal Geriatric Pharmacotherapy 2, no. 1 (January 1, 2004): 1–2.

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