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

Schmader, K., L. K. George, B. M. Burchett, C. F. Pieper, and J. D. Hamilton. “Racial differences in the occurrence of herpes zoster..” J Infect Dis 171, no. 3 (March 1995): 701–4. https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/171.3.701.

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7876622
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Weinberger, M., B. Nagle, J. T. Hanlon, G. P. Samsa, K. Schmader, P. B. Landsman, K. M. Uttech, P. A. Cowper, H. J. Cohen, and J. R. Feussner. “Assessing health-related quality of life in elderly outpatients: telephone versus face-to-face administration..” J Am Geriatr Soc 42, no. 12 (December 1994): 1295–99. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.1994.tb06515.x.

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7983296
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Schmader, K., J. T. Hanlon, M. Weinberger, P. B. Landsman, G. P. Samsa, I. Lewis, K. Uttech, H. J. Cohen, and J. R. Feussner. “Appropriateness of medication prescribing in ambulatory elderly patients..” J Am Geriatr Soc 42, no. 12 (December 1994): 1241–47. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.1994.tb06504.x.

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7983285
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Schmader, K., L. K. George, R. Newton, and J. D. Hamilton. “The accuracy of self-report of herpes zoster..” J Clin Epidemiol 47, no. 11 (November 1994): 1271–76.

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7722563
Scholars@Duke

Samsa, G. P., J. T. Hanlon, K. E. Schmader, M. Weinberger, E. C. Clipp, K. M. Uttech, I. K. Lewis, P. B. Landsman, and H. J. Cohen. “A summated score for the medication appropriateness index: development and assessment of clinimetric properties including content validity..” J Clin Epidemiol 47, no. 8 (August 1994): 891–96.

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7730892
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Corder, E. H., A. M. Saunders, N. J. Risch, W. J. Strittmatter, D. E. Schmechel, P. C. Gaskell, J. B. Rimmler, P. A. Locke, P. M. Conneally, and K. E. Schmader. “Protective effect of apolipoprotein E type 2 allele for late onset Alzheimer disease..” Nat Genet 7, no. 2 (June 1994): 180–84. https://doi.org/10.1038/ng0694-180.

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7920638
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Weinberger, M., G. P. Samsa, K. Schmader, S. M. Greenberg, D. B. Carr, and D. S. Wildman. “Compliance With Recommendations From an Outpatient Geriatric Consultation Team.” The Journal of Applied Gerontology 13, no. 4 (January 1, 1994): 455–67. https://doi.org/10.1177/073346489401300408.

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Saunders, A. M., K. Schmader, J. C. Breitner, M. D. Benson, W. T. Brown, L. Goldfarb, D. Goldgaber, M. G. Manwaring, M. H. Szymanski, and N. McCown. “Apolipoprotein E epsilon 4 allele distributions in late-onset Alzheimer's disease and in other amyloid-forming diseases..” Lancet 342, no. 8873 (September 18, 1993): 710–11. https://doi.org/10.1016/0140-6736(93)91709-u.

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8103823
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