Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Treating the Medically Complex Patient

Bryant Cornelius, DDS, MPS, MPH


Dr. Cornelius received his DDS degree from Northwestern University, his MBA degree from the University of Utah, and his MPH degree from The University of Pittsburgh. After practicing general dentistry for 15 years, 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 American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is also a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. Currently, Dr. Cornelius is the Medical Director of The Dental Surgery Center of Columbus and the Vice President of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists. He can be reached at


The modern dentist is charged with treating patients with an increasing array of with serious co-morbidities. Among the more common are heart disease, lung disease and diabetes mellitus. The 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.


Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • recognize normal anatomy and physiology of organ systems associated with heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes mellitus type 2;
  • understand the pathology of disease associated with those ailments;
  • learn the most recent recommendations for treating patients with those ailments;
  • learn how to address in-office complications associated with those ailments
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