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 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

Publications

Schmader, K. E., and R. H. Dworkin. “The epidemiology and natural history of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia.” In Herpes Zoster: Postherpetic Neuralgia and Other Complications: Focus on Treatment and Prevention, 25–44, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44348-5_4.

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Hurria, Arti, Kevin P. High, Lona Mody, Frances McFarland Horne, Marcus Escobedo, Jeffrey Halter, William Hazzard, et al. “Aging, the Medical Subspecialties, and Career Development: Where We Were, Where We Are Going..” J Am Geriatr Soc 65, no. 4 (April 2017): 680–87. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.14708.

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28092400
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Herati, Ramin Sedaghat, Alexander Muselman, Laura Vella, Bertram Bengsch, Kaela Parkhouse, Daniel Del Alcazar, Jonathan Kotzin, et al. “Successive annual influenza vaccination induces a recurrent oligoclonotypic memory response in circulating T follicular helper cells..” Sci Immunol 2, no. 8 (February 2017). https://doi.org/10.1126/sciimmunol.aag2152.

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28620653
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Whitson, Heather E., Wei Duan-Porter, Kenneth Schmader, Miriam Morey, Harvey J. Cohen, and Cathleen Colón-Emeric. “Response to Letter From De Alfieri et al.: Biological Resilience of Elderly Hospitalized Patients..” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 72, no. 1 (January 2017). https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glw161.

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27811154
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Whitson, Heather E., Wei Duan-Porter, Kenneth Schmader, Miriam Morey, Harvey J. Cohen, and Cathleen Colón-Emeric. “Response to Ukraintseva et al. Letter: Resilience Versus Robustness in Aging..” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 71, no. 11 (November 2016): 1535–36. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glw137.

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27445404
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Kurupati, Raj, Andrew Kossenkov, Larissa Haut, Senthil Kannan, Zhiquan Xiang, Yan Li, Susan Doyle, et al. “Race-related differences in antibody responses to the inactivated influenza vaccine are linked to distinct pre-vaccination gene expression profiles in blood..” Oncotarget 7, no. 39 (September 27, 2016): 62898–911. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.11704.

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27588486
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Walco, Gary A., Elliot J. Krane, Kenneth E. Schmader, and Debra K. Weiner. “Applying a Lifespan Developmental Perspective to Chronic Pain: Pediatrics to Geriatrics..” J Pain 17, no. 9 Suppl (September 2016): T108–17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2015.11.003.

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27586828
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Polsunas, Patrick J., Gwendolyn Sowa, Julie M. Fritz, Angela Gentili, Natalia E. Morone, Srinivasa Naga Raja, Eric Rodriguez, Kenneth Schmader, Joel D. Scholten, and Debra K. Weiner. “Deconstructing Chronic Low Back Pain in the Older Adult-Step by Step Evidence and Expert-Based Recommendations for Evaluation and Treatment: Part X: Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome..” Pain Med 17, no. 9 (September 2016): 1638–47. https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnw151.

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27605679
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Whitson, Heather E., Wei Duan-Porter, Kenneth E. Schmader, Miriam C. Morey, Harvey J. Cohen, and Cathleen S. Colón-Emeric. “Physical Resilience in Older Adults: Systematic Review and Development of an Emerging Construct..” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 71, no. 4 (April 2016): 489–95. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glv202.

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26718984
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