Skip to main content

Kenneth Edwin Schmader

Professor of Medicine
Medicine, Geriatrics
Duke Box 3003, Center for Aging, Durham, NC 27710
Duke University Medical Center, 508 Fulton St, Durham, NC 27705


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, Co-investigator of the NIAID funded Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers (CIVICS) and the CDC Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) office at Duke.  He serves on the Working Groups for the Herpes Zoster, Influenza, COVID-19, RSV 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.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Medicine · 2007 - Present Medicine, Geriatrics, Medicine
Director of the GRECC and ACOS for Geriatrics and Extended Care · 2007 - Present Medicine, Clinical Science Departments
Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development · 1989 - Present Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

Wake Forest University · 1980 M.D.