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Kenneth Schmader, MD

Dr. Schmader is a Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center's Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and the Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics and Extended Care. He earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, completed an internal medicine residency and Chief Residency at the University of Wisconsin, and Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Duke University and Durham VA Medical Centers.

Dr. Schmader's area of research is herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), vaccines, infections and drugs in older adults. He conducts pre-clinical, clinical trials and observational studies of herpes zoster, influenza, pneumococcal vaccines and infections funded by grants from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), VA Office of Research and Development, Hartford Foundation and Industry sources. He is a lead investigator of the VA Cooperative Trial of the herpes zoster vaccine in older adults, known as the Shingles Prevention Study. He also conducts research on optimal medication use, adverse drug reactions and pharmacoepidemiology in older adults.

He serves on the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) working group on the herpes zoster vaccine, influenza vaccine and general adult immunization guidelines and is the AGS liaison to the ACIP. Dr. Schmader is past Chair of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Research Committee. Dr. Schmader has published over 125 journal articles and book chapters, with publications in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Archives of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, among other journals. Dr. Schmader serves as a mentor for T. Franklin Williams, NIA K23, Beeson Career Development, VA Career Development, and Robert Wood Johnson scholar awardees. He has received the Eugene A. Stead Award from the Duke Housestaff for Excellence in Teaching and the VA Medical Center General Medicine Teaching Award twice from the Duke Housestaff for Excellence in Teaching on the general medicine wards.

Brookdale Fellow Class of 1988