DMD, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, 2002
MPH, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, 2002
General Practice Residency, Cleveland VA Medical Center, 2003
Dr. Vernon studies the connection between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease in HIV+ adults. He has an interest in coaching prevention-focused oral hygiene behavior change to reduce the risk for dental caries and periodontal disease. He is a Masters-level swimmer, a writer and artist (see right column). Prior to entering dentistry, Dr. Vernon was a Coordinator for clinical drug studies in schizophrenia research at the Brecksville VAMC, taught bright learning disabled students at the Ratner School, and coached high school swimming.
Dr. Vernon performs clinical epidemiological research and investigates the link between oral and systemic health. Specifically, he examines the link between periodontal (gum) disease and cardiovascular disease in HIV-infected adults. In addition, Dr. Vernon is interested in prevention of oral disease (dental caries and periodontal disease) by coaching prevention-focused, tailored oral hygiene behavior changes.
HIV; atherosclerosis; FMD; IMT; periodontal disease; Porphyromonas gingivalis; HAART; behavior change
Vernon LT, Babineau DC, Demko CA, Lederman MM, Wang X, Toossi Z, Weinberg A, Rodriguez B. A Prospective Cohort Study of Periodontal Disease Measures and Cardiovascular Disease Markers in HIV-Infected Adults. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses. 2011 Nov;27(11):1157-66. Epub 2011 May 9. PMID: 21443451.
Vernon LT, Demko CA, Whalen CC, Lederman MM, Toossi Z, Wu M, Han Y, Weinberg A. Characterizing Traditionally-defined Periodontal Disease in HIV+ Adults. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiol. 2009 October: 37(5): 427-437. Errata in: Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2010 Feb;38(1):96. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2010 Apr;38(2):190. PMID: 19624697.
Valdez H, Lederman MM, Woolley I, Walker CJ, Vernon LT, Hise A, Gripsover BM. Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 Protease Inhibitors in Clinical Practice: Predictors of Virologic Outcomes. Archives of Internal Medicine 1999:159(15):1771-1776. PMID: 10448781.
Sponsor: NIH – NIDCR
Immune and Inflammatory Consequences of Intensive Periodontal Treatment in HIV-Infected Adults – R21
Role: Principal Investigator (PI)
Project Period: 07/15/2010 – 07/14/2013
Sponsor: Clinical Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland (CTSC)
Immune and Inflammatory Consequences of Intensive Periodontal Disease Treatment in HIV+ Adults
Role: PI on CTSC Core Utilization Pilot Grant
Project Period: 1/1/2013 – 6/30/2012
Sponsor: Case/UHC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR/NIH)
Immune and Inflammatory Consequences of Intensive Periodontal Treatment in HIV+ Adults – P30
Role: PI on CFAR Developmental Pilot Grant
Project Period: 04/01/1997 – 04/30/2011
Sponsor: NIH – NIDCR (K23 DE 015746-01; Clinically-Oriented Mentored Clinical Research)
Oral Link to Vascular Disease in an HIV-1 Cohort – K23
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Period: 08/01/2004 – 07/31/2009
American Dental Association
International Association for Dental Research (IDAR)
Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
American Dental Association (ADA)