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
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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


Schmader, K. E., and R. H. Dworkin. “Postherpetic neuralgia in older persons.” Annals of Long Term Care 8, no. SPEC.ISS. JUL. (January 1, 2000): 48–50.


McClelland, R. S., V. G. Fowler, L. L. Sanders, G. Gottlieb, L. K. Kong, D. J. Sexton, K. Schmader, K. D. Lanclos, and R. Corey. “Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia among elderly vs younger adult patients: comparison of clinical features and mortality.” Arch Intern Med 159, no. 11 (June 14, 1999): 1244–47.

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Hanlon, J. T., R. D. Horner, K. E. Schmader, G. G. Fillenbaum, I. K. Lewis, W. E. Wall, L. R. Landerman, C. F. Pieper, D. G. Blazer, and H. J. Cohen. “Benzodiazepine use and cognitive function among community-dwelling elderly.” Clin Pharmacol Ther 64, no. 6 (December 1998): 684–92.

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Schmader, K., L. K. George, B. M. Burchett, and C. F. Pieper. “Racial and psychosocial risk factors for herpes zoster in the elderly.” J Infect Dis 178 Suppl 1 (November 1998): S67–70.

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White, H., C. Pieper, and K. Schmader. “The association of weight change in Alzheimer's disease with severity of disease and mortality: a longitudinal analysis.” J Am Geriatr Soc 46, no. 10 (October 1998): 1223–27.

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Fillenbaum, G. G., A. Heyman, M. S. Huber, M. A. Woodbury, J. Leiss, K. E. Schmader, A. Bohannon, and B. Trapp-Moen. “The prevalence and 3-year incidence of dementia in older Black and White community residents.” J Clin Epidemiol 51, no. 7 (July 1998): 587–95.

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Schmader, K. E., J. T. Hanlon, G. G. Fillenbaum, M. Huber, C. Pieper, and R. Horner. “Medication use patterns among demented, cognitively impaired and cognitively intact community-dwelling elderly people.” Age Ageing 27, no. 4 (July 1998): 493–501.

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