Steven Vernino, M.D., Ph.D., is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Affairs in the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Vernino specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating autoimmune neurological disorders, autonomic disorders, and neuromuscular disorders. He is the founding Director of the Autonomic Disorders Clinic, the multidisciplinary Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Clinic, and the Autonomic Disorders Fellowship Program. He is also Co-Director of the Autoimmune Neurology Fellowship Program.
Dr. Vernino earned his medical degree and Ph.D. degree in neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a neurology residency and fellowship training in neuroimmunology and electromyography (EMG) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2004.
Dr. Vernino holds the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation Distinguished Chair in Neuromuscular Disease Research and the Rex Griswold Distinguished Professorship in Multiple System Atrophy. He is the director of the autonomic disorders program and MSA Mutidisciplinary clinic. His primary research goal is improving the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune and autonomic neurological disorders. He also leads a number of clinical trials for autonomic disorders and autoimmune encephalitis.
Most notably, Dr. Vernino has helped define the relationship between autoimmune disorders and disorders of the autonomic nervous system and identified the antibodies to ganglionic acetylcholine receptors as the cause of autoimmune autonomic ganglionopathy, a rare autonomic nervous system disorder. He has also characterized several neurological antibodies related to paraneoplastic disorders. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and dozens of book chapters and reviews.
He has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association and the American Autonomic Society. Dr. Vernino is board certified in neurology, neuromuscular medicine, and autonomic disorders. He serves as the president of the American Autonomic Society, the major professional society for the study of disorders of the autonomic nervous system.
Among his many professional activities, Dr. Vernino serves on the medical advisory boards of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, and Dysautonomia International.
He has received numerous awards for his work as a clinician, researcher, and teacher, including the 1998 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Founders Award, the 2013 AAN Program Director Recognition Award, and the 2018 University of Texas Regents Outstanding Teacher Award. He was inducted into the Southwestern Academy of Teachers in 2015.
- Graduate School
- Baylor College of Medicine (1992)
- Other Post Graduate Training
- Baylor College of Medicine (1992)
- Medical School
- Baylor College of Medicine (1994)
- Mayo Clinic (1995), Internal Medicine
- Mayo Clinic (1998), Neurology
- Mayo Clinic (1999), Neuroimmunology
- Autonomic effects of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors
- Clinical treatment trials for autoimmune and autonomic disorders
- Disorders of neuromuscular hyperexcitability
- Paraneoplastic neurological syndromes
- Serologic evaluation of patients with dysautonomia
- Passive transfer of autoimmune autonomic neuropathy to mice
- Vernino S, Ermilov L, Sha L, Szurszewski JF, Low PA, Lennon VA J Neurosci 2004 24(32) 7037-7042
- Reversible autoimmune limbic encephalitis associated with potassium channel antibodies
- Thieben MJ, Boeve BF, Aksamit AJ, Keegan BM, Lennon VA, Vernino S Neurology 2004 62 1177-1182
- Immunomodulatory treatment trial for paraneoplastic neurological disorders
- Vernino S, O’Neill BP, Marks RS, O’Fallon JR, Kimmel DW Neuro-Oncol 2004 6 55-62
- Autoantibodies to ganglionic acetylcholine receptors in autoimmune autonomic neuropathies.
- Vernino S, Low PA, Fealey RD, Stewart JD, Farrugia G, Lennon VA N. Engl. J. Med. 2000 Sep 343 12 847-55
- Autoantibodies to ganglionic acetylcholine receptors in autoimmune autonomic neuropathies
- Vernino S, Low PA, Fealey RD, Stewart JD, Farrugia G, Lennon VA N Engl J Med 2000 21;343(12) 847-55
- Central autonomic network functional connectivity: correlation with baroreflex function and cardiovascular variability in older adults.
- Ding K, Tarumi T, Wang C, Vernino S, Zhang R, Zhu DC, Brain Struct Funct 2020 Apr
- Autoimmune Autonomic Disorders.
- Vernino S, Continuum (Minneap Minn) 2020 Feb 26 1 44-57
- Existence of a Dose-Length Effect in Spinal Nerves Receiving Single-Session Stereotactic Ablative Radiation Therapy.
- Hrycushko B, van der Kogel AJ, Phillips L, Folkert M, Sayre JW, Vernino S, Hassan-Rezaeian N, Foster RD, Yamada Y, Timmerman R, Medin PM, Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 2020 Jan
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and autonomic disorders: a position statement from the American Autonomic Society.
- Barboi A, Gibbons CH, Axelrod F, Benarroch EE, Biaggioni I, Chapleau MW, Chelimsky G, Chelimsky T, Cheshire WP, Claydon VE, Freeman R, Goldstein DS, Joyner MJ, Kaufmann H, Low PA, Norcliffe-Kaufmann L, Robertson D, Shibao CA, Singer W, Snapper H, Vernino S, Raj SR, Auton Neurosci 2020 Jan 223 102550
- Autoimmune autonomic neuropathies and ganglionopathies: epidemiology, pathophysiology, and therapeutic advances.
- Golden EP, Vernino S, Clin. Auton. Res. 2019 May
Autoimmune Autonomic Failure. In Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Volume 117: Autonomic Nervous System
Muppidi S, Vernino S (2013). Elsevier
Honors & Awards
American Autonomic Society (2020-2022)
American Autonomic Society (2018)
- University of Texas Regents Outstanding Teacher Award
- UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers
- Program Director Recognition Award
American Academy of Neurology (CNPD) (2013)
- Best Doctors
D Magazine (2012-2019)
American Academy of Neurology (2007)
American Neurological Association (2005)
- Founders Award for Clinical Research
American Academy of Neurology (1998)
- Woltman Award for Clinical Neurology
Mayo Clinic (1998)
- DeBakey Scholar Award
Baylor College of Medicine (1994)
- Rush Record Excellence in Neuroscience Award
Baylor College of Medicine (1992)
- Dysautonomia International (2014)
- Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Coalition (2013)
- Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (2007)
- American Academy of Neurology
- American Autonomic Society
- American Neurological Association