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


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).