06/11/2007

Michael Vernon to Lead WVU OB/Gyn Department
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Michael Vernon, Ph.D., a specialist in endometriosis, infertility and assisted reproduction, has been appointed chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the West Virginia University School of Medicine.

“Dr. Vernon is patient centered, he’s a world-class researcher, and he’s been a strong leader as interim chair of the department for the past year-and-a-half,” said John E. Prescott, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine. “We are honored to have him on our faculty.”

WVU’s OB/Gyn department includes specialists in general obstetrics and gynecology, maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, gynecologic oncology, and urogynecology.

“Women’s health is a crucial issue in West Virginia,” said Vernon, “Our duty is to bring better medicine and cutting edge technology to the citizens of West Virginia, but we also want to be known for our research efforts.”

Vernon joined the faculty in 2002 and has served as interim chair of the Department since January 2006. Vernon’s research specialties include endometriosis, in-vitro fertilization, embryology, and infertility.

 Michael Vernon, Ph.D., a specialist in endometriosis, infertility and assisted reproduction, has been appointed chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the West Virginia University School of Medicine.

Vernon developed a surgical animal model for endometriosis that is currently used throughout the world to study those aspects of the disease that cannot be studied in humans.

Vernon is the laboratory director of WVU's highly successful Center for Reproductive Medicine, which assists patients with reproductive endocrinology and infertility. More than 300 births have occurred in families assisted by the Center during his tenure here.

“The Center is ranked amongst the top in the nation, and the IVF lab has been a huge success,” said Vernon.

Vernon has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and book chapters, and has given lectures to scientific societies in the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America. 

He co-authored a research article, “Molecular profiling of experimental endometriosis identified gene expression patterns in common with human disease,” that was featured on the cover of the May 2007 edition of the journal Fertility and Sterility.

He is also the co-author of  ‘Endometriosis: A Key to Healing Through Nutrition’ by HarperCollins Books, published in 1999.

Vernon received an undergraduate degree in vertebrate physiology from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree in reproductive physiology from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology from the University of Florida. He is board certified as a highly complex lab director in embryology and andrology and as an embryo lab director by the American Board of Bioanalysis.

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Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
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