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., Margaret B. Artz, Carl F. Pieper, Catherine I. Lindblad, Richard J. Sloane, Christine M. Ruby, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Inappropriate medication use among frail elderly inpatients.” Ann Pharmacother 38, no. 1 (January 2004): 9–14.

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Hajjar, Emily R., Joseph T. Hanlon, Margaret B. Artz, Catherine I. Lindblad, Carl F. Pieper, Richard J. Sloane, Christine M. Ruby, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Adverse drug reaction risk factors in older outpatients.” Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 1, no. 2 (December 2003): 82–89.

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Guay, David R. P., Margaret B. Artz, Joseph T. Hanlon, Gerda G. Fillenbaum, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Use of antibacterial drugs in community-dwelling older persons.” J Am Geriatr Soc 51, no. 12 (December 2003): 1819–21.

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Dworkin, Robert H., Miroslav Backonja, Michael C. Rowbotham, Robert R. Allen, Charles R. Argoff, Gary J. Bennett, M Catherine Bushnell, et al. “Advances in neuropathic pain: diagnosis, mechanisms, and treatment recommendations.” Arch Neurol 60, no. 11 (November 2003): 1524–34.

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Gray, Shelly L., Joseph T. Hanlon, Lawrence R. Landerman, Margaret Artz, Kenneth E. Schmader, and Gerda G. Fillenbaum. “Is antioxidant use protective of cognitive function in the community-dwelling elderly?” Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 1, no. 1 (September 2003): 3–10.

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Schmader, K. E., and A. A. Moore. “Misadventures with drugs and alcohol in the older patient: Alcohol use, misuse, and abuse in older persons.” Annals of Long Term Care 11, no. 8 (August 1, 2003).


Dworkin, Robert H., and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Treatment and prevention of postherpetic neuralgia.” Clin Infect Dis 36, no. 7 (April 1, 2003): 877–82.

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Schmader, K. E., and J. T. Hanlon. “Guidelines for case reports and review articles.” American Journal Geriatric Pharmacotherapy 1, no. 2 (January 1, 2003).

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