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

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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Heath, Barbara, Jaime Bernhardt, Thomas J. Michalski, Christopher J. Crnich, Rebekah Moehring, Kenneth E. Schmader, Danielle Olds, Patricia A. Higgins, and Robin L. P. Jump. “Results of a Veterans Affairs employee education program on antimicrobial stewardship for older adults..” Am J Infect Control 44, no. 3 (March 1, 2016): 349–51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2015.09.026.

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26553404
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Naples, Jennifer G., Joseph T. Hanlon, Kenneth E. Schmader, and Todd P. Semla. “Recent Literature on Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Events in Older Adults..” J Am Geriatr Soc 64, no. 2 (February 2016): 401–8. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.13922.

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26804210
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Levin, Myron J., Kenneth E. Schmader, Lei Pang, Angela Williams-Diaz, Gary Zerbe, Jennifer Canniff, Michael J. Johnson, et al. “Cellular and Humoral Responses to a Second Dose of Herpes Zoster Vaccine Administered 10 Years After the First Dose Among Older Adults..” J Infect Dis 213, no. 1 (January 1, 2016): 14–22. https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiv480.

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26452397
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Van Epps, Puja, Kenneth E. Schmader, and David H. Canaday. “Herpes Zoster Vaccination: Controversies and Common Clinical Questions..” Gerontology 62, no. 2 (2016): 150–54. https://doi.org/10.1159/000431374.

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26184711
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Hanlon, Joseph T., Todd P. Semla, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Alternative Medications for Medications in the Use of High-Risk Medications in the Elderly and Potentially Harmful Drug-Disease Interactions in the Elderly Quality Measures..” J Am Geriatr Soc 63, no. 12 (December 2015): e8–18. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.13807.

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26447889
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Kannan, Senthil, Andrew Kossenkov, Raj K. Kurupati, Jason Zq Xiang, Susan A. Doyle, Kenneth E. Schmader, Louise Schowe, and Hildegund C. Ertl. “A shortened interval between vaccinations with the trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine increases responsiveness in the aged..” Aging (Albany Ny) 7, no. 12 (December 2015): 1077–85. https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.100852.

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26637961
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