Kenneth Schmader, MD, DCGS Profile

Ken Schmader

What is your specific area of interest in geriatric surgery?

My interests are in resilience in older adults after surgery, especially with regards to infections and immunological responses as well as adverse drug events.

What is an example of your best work in geriatric research?

My research involves vaccines, infections and pharmacotherapy in older adults

In your opinion, what is an important health services research question that needs to be answered in the field of geriatric surgery?

Why do some older adults do well after major surgery and others do not?

What are your most relevant geriatric surgery publications?

McGarry SA, Engemann JI, Schmader KE, Sexton DJ, Kaye KS. Surgical site infection due to Staphylococcus aureus in the elderly: mortality, duration of hospitalization and cost.  Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology  2004;25:461-468.

Kaye, KS, Schmader, KE, Sawyer, R.  Surgical Site Infection in the Elderly.  Clin Infect Dis 2004;39:1835-41

Kaye KS, Schmit K, Caughlan KF, Sloane R, Pieper CF, Sexton DJ, Schmader KE.  The effect of increasing age on the risk for surgical site infections.  J Infect Dis  2005;191:1056-1062.

Kaye KS, Caughlin K, Sloane R, Sexton DJ, Schmader KE.  Risk factors for surgical site infections in the elderly.  J Am Geriatr Soc 2006;54:391-396.

Lee J, Singletary R, Schmader KE, Anderson DJ, Bolognesi M, Kaye KS.  Surgical site infection following orthopedic surgery:  risk factors and outcomes.  J Bone Joint Surg 2006;88:1705-1712

Anderson DJ, Chen LF, Schmader KE, Sexton DJ, Choi Y, Link K, Sloane R, Kaye K. Poor Functional Status Predicts Surgical Site Infection due to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.   Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol  2008:29:832-839.

Kaye KS, Anderson DJ, Sloane R, Chen LF, Choi Y, Link K, Sexton DJ, Schmader KE .  The Effect of Surgical Site Infection on Older Operative Patients.  J Am Geriatr Soc 2009;57:46-54

Anderson DJ, Kaye KS, Sexton D, Sloane R, Schmader KE.  Clinical and financial outcomes due to Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Surgical Site Infection: A Multi-Center Case-Control-Control Study.  PLoS ONE 2009 Dec 15;4(12):e8305.

Chen TD, Anderson  DJ, Chopra T, Choi Y, Schmader KE,  Kaye KS.  Poor Functional Status is an Independent Predictor of Surgical Site Infections due to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Older Adults.  J Am Geriatr Soc 2010;58:527-532.

Gray SL, Hart LA, Perera S, Semla TP, Schmader KE, Hanlon JT.  Meta-analysis of interventions to reduce adverse drug reactions.  J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Feb;66(2):282-288.

Kritchevsky SB, Forman DE, Callahan K, Ely EW, High KP, McFarland F, Perez-Stable E, Schmader KE, Studenski S, Williams J, Zieman S, Guralnik J.  Pathways, Contributors, and Correlates of Functional Impairment across Specialties: Workshop Summary.  J Gerontol A Biol Med Sci 2018 Apr 25. doi: 10.1093/gerona/gly093.

Hemmersbach-Miller M, Alexander BD, Sudan DL, Pieper C, Schmader KE.  Single-center analysis of infectious complications in older adults during the first year after kidney transplantation.   Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 2019;38:141-148.

Hemmersbach-Miller M, Alexander BD, Sudan DL, Pieper C, Schmader KE. Infections after kidney transplantation:  Does age matter?  Clin J Transplantation 2019 Apr;33(4);e13516. doi: 10.111/ctr.13516

What is a fun fact about you?

I’ve coached youth soccer and basketball teams in Durham and Chapel Hill.