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Pedro Del Corral, PhD MD

Associate Professor of Physiology and Pathology

Room 340
Phone: 575-674-2324
Department: Physiology & Pathology


Doctor of Medicine (MD) American University of Integrative Sciences,                                                                   2003

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Exercise Physiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN,                                    1997

Master’s Degree (MS) Double Major Physiology and exercise physiology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN   1993

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Interdepartmental studies-Exercise Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA                  1991

Postdoctoral and Graduate Medical Education

Post-doctoral Fellowship: Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Fellow: Clinical Neuroendocrinology, NICHD Intramural Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health

Post-Doctoral Scholar, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, Obesity Training Grant, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Medical Internship: Howard University Hospital

Public Health Training, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Research Interests

  • Endocrinology and Energy Metabolism
  • Medical Education
  • Exercise Physiology & Cardiovascular Pathophysiology

Professional Accomplishments & Memberships


International Association of Medical Science Educators

American Physiological Society

Selected Publications

Kargl, M. Arshad, F. Salman, RC. Schurman, P. Del Corral. 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type-II activity is affected by grapefruit juice and intense muscular work Arch Endocrinol Metab Sep 18:0. 2017

Del Corral P, RC Schurman, SS. Kinza, MJ. Fitzgerald, CA. Kordick, JL Rusch, JB Nadolski. Salivary but not plasma cortisone tracks the plasma cortisol response to exercise: Effect of time of day J Endocrinological Invest 2016 Mar;39(3):315-22.

Del Corral P, Bryan DR, Garvey WT, Gower BA, Hunter GR. Dietary Adherence During Weight Loss Predicts Weight Regain. Obesity 19: 1177-1181, 2011

Hunter GR, Bickel CS, Del Corral P, Byrne NM, Hills AP, Larson-Meyer DE, Bamman MM, Newcomer BR. Age, muscle fatigue, and walking endurance in pre-menopausal women. Eur J Appl Physiol. 111: 715-723, 2011

Hunter, GR., DW Brock, NM Byrne, P Chandler-Laney, P. Del Corral, BA GowerExercise training prevents regain of visceral fat for 1-year following weight loss. Obesity 18: 690-695, 2010

Del Corral, P., Chandler-Laney P, Casazza K, Gower B, Hunter GR. Effect of dietary adherence with or without exercise on weight loss: a mechanistic approach to a global problemJ Clin Endocrinol Metab. 94: 1602-1607, 2009

Casazza K, Del Corral P, Olivia Thomas, Dulin-Keita A, Gower B, Fernandez JR. Characterization of the metabolic syndrome in a multi-ethnic sample of children: Is it useful? The Open Obesity Journal 1:1-8 e-pub Jan 2009

Del Corral, P. Translating exercise biology into the Venezuelan medical education and health care system. Translating exercise biology into the Venezuelan medical education and health care system. Invest Clin. 48:377-88, 2007

Mamede, M., Carrasquillo, JA., Chen CC., Ilias, I., Del Corral, P., Whatley M., Ilias I., Ayala A., Pacak, K. Discordant localization of 2-[18F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose in 6-[18F]-fluorodopamine and [123-I]- metaiodobenzylguanidine negative metastatic pheochromocytoma sites. Nucl Med Commun 27: 31-36, 2006.

Del Corral, P., R. Sampedro, M. Hartsel, E. T. Howley, M. S. Younger, B. Law Jr. M. Ashraf, H. Eiler, D. L. Thompson. Reduce cortisol potentiates the exercise-induced rise in ACTH to a greater extent in trained compared to untrained men. Metabolism Clin. Experim 48: 390-394, 1999.

Del Corral, P., E.T. Howley, M. Hartsell, M. Ashraf, and M.S. Younger. Metabolic effects of low cortisol during exercise in humans. J. Appl. Physiol. 84: 939-947, 1998

Mahon, A.D., G.E Duncan, C.A. Howe and P. Del Corral. Blood lactate and perceived exertion relative to ventilatory threshold: boys versus men. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 29: 1332-1337, 1997.

Duncan, G.E., A.D. Mahon, C.A Howe, and P. Del Corral. Plateau in Oxygen uptake at maximal exercise in male children. Ped. Exerc. Sci. 8: 77-86, 1996.

Mahon, A.D., P. Del Corral, C.A. Howe, G. E. Duncan, and M.L. Ray. Physiological correlates of 3-Kilometer running performance in male children. Int. J. Sports Med. 17: 580-584, 1996.

Del Corral, P., A.D. Mahon, G.E. Duncan, C.A. Howe, and B.W. Craig. The effect of exercise on serum and salivary cortisol in male children. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 26: 1297-1301, 1994.