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

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


Drolet, Mélanie, Myron J. Levin, Kenneth E. Schmader, Robert Johnson, Michael N. Oxman, David Patrick, Simon Olivier Fournier, James A. Mansi, and Marc Brisson. “Employment related productivity loss associated with herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia: a 6-month prospective study..” Vaccine 30, no. 12 (March 9, 2012): 2047–50.

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Gharacholou, S. M., R. Sloane, H. J. Cohen, and K. E. Schmader. “Geriatric inpatient units in the care of hospitalized frail adults with a history of heart failure.” International Journal of Gerontology 6, no. 2 (January 1, 2012).

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Ma, Liyuan, Ronald R. White, Siva Narayanan, and Kenneth E. Schmader. “Economic burden of herpes zoster among skilled nursing facility residents in the United States..” J Am Med Dir Assoc 13, no. 1 (January 2012): 54–59.

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Horney, Carolyn, Kenneth Schmader, Linda L. Sanders, Mitchell Heflin, Luna Ragsdale, Eleanor McConnell, Michael Hocker, and S Nicole Hastings. “Health care utilization before and after an outpatient ED visit in older people..” Am J Emerg Med 30, no. 1 (January 2012): 135–42.

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Benbernou, Atika, Mélanie Drolet, Myron J. Levin, Kenneth E. Schmader, Michael N. Oxman, Robert Johnson, David Patrick, Stéphanie Camden, James A. Mansi, and Marc Brisson. “Association between prodromal pain and the severity of acute herpes zoster and utilization of health care resources..” Eur J Pain 15, no. 10 (November 2011): 1100–1106.

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Hastings, S Nicole, Valerie A. Smith, Morris Weinberger, Kenneth E. Schmader, Maren K. Olsen, and Eugene Z. Oddone. “Emergency department visits in Veterans Affairs medical facilities..” Am J Manag Care 17, no. 6 Spec No. (June 1, 2011): e215–23.


Hastings, S. N., V. A. Smith, M. Weinberger, K. E. Schmader, M. K. Olsen, and E. Z. Oddone. “Emergency department visits in veterans affairs medical facilities.” American Journal of Managed Care 17, no. 6 (June 1, 2011).