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 zoster, influenza, 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 - Madison, 1983 - 1983
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1980 - 1983
  • M.D., Wake Forest University, 1980


Schmader, K. E., R. J. Rahija, K. R. Porter, and J. D. Hamilton. “Murine cytomegalovirus gene amplification and culture after submaxillary salivary gland biopsy.” Lab Anim Sci 41, no. 5 (October 1991): 396–400.


Weinberger, M., G. P. Samsa, J. T. Hanlon, K. Schmader, M. E. Doyle, P. A. Cowper, K. M. Uttech, H. J. Cohen, and J. R. Feussner. “An evaluation of a brief health status measure in elderly veterans.” J Am Geriatr Soc 39, no. 7 (July 1991): 691–94.

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Cutson, T. M., J. W. Lomasney, and K. E. Schmader. “Fever of unknown origin in an elderly patient diagnosed at postmortem examination as multifocal angiofollicular lymph node hyperplasia.” J Am Geriatr Soc 38, no. 9 (September 1990): 989–92.

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Schmader, K. E., and S. Studenski. “Are current therapies useful for the prevention of postherpetic neuralgia? A critical analysis of the literature.” J Gen Intern Med 4, no. 2 (March 1989): 83–89.

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