Treating the Medically Compromised Patient: Heart Disease, Lung Disease, Diabetes Mellitus

Bryant Cornelius, DDS, MBA, MPH

Assistant Professor and Program Director of Dental/Maxillofacial Anesthesiology

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry

The modern dentist is charged with treating patients with an increasing array of with serious co-morbidites. Among the more common are heart disease, lung disease and diabetes mellitus. These seriousness of these ailments and the potential complications that may accompany them must be appreciated. This course will review the basic anatomy, physiology and pathology of disease associated with common conditions of the heart, lungs and pancreas. Recommendations will be given for optimizing and treating these types of patients in the dental setting.

Course Objectives:

-          To review the normal anatomy and physiology of organ systems associated with heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes mellitus type 2.

-          To review the pathology of disease associated with those ailments.

-          To learn the most recent recommendations for treating patients with those ailments.

-          To learn how to address in-office complications associated with those ailments.


Dr. Cornelius is an assistant professor and the program director of dental / maxillofacial anesthesiology at The Ohio State University School of Dentistry. He received his DDS degree from Northwestern University, his MBA degree from the University of Utah, and his MPH degree from The University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cornelius completed a three year residency in anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and a Diplomat of both the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology. Currently, Dr. Cornelius is an attending anesthesiologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Cornelius enjoys hiking, snowboarding, taekwondo, and spending time with his family. He can be reached at cornelius.126@osu.edu.