Leonor Corsino, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Campus mail Department of Medicine, Box 3451, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 684-4005

Dr. Leonor Corsino is a Board- Certified Adult Endocrinologist and an experienced physician-scientist, organizational and health professional education leader. She offers an extensive and diverse leadership background with a successful implementation of innovative programs in clinical, research and workforce development and education. Her expertise and strengths lie in her diverse portfolio that expands from basic science to clinical and community-engaged research, innovative curriculum development, successful clinical program implementation, and collaborations.

Dr. Corsino's research focuses on diabetes, obesity and related complications and health disparities with a particular interest in Hispanic/Latino populations. She has successfully lead and extensively collaborates with investigators locally, nationally and internationally. Her research and contribution have been recognized locally and at the national levels with many awards including the NIH/NIDDK Network of Minority Health Research Investigators medallion.

Dr. Corsino has extensive leadership experience including her current roles as member of the Executive Committee Member and Associate Director of the Duke School of Medicine Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS), Co-Director for the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute - Community Engagement Core / Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERI) and Associate Dean of Students Affairs/Advisory Dean Duke School of Medicine MD program.

She is the former Co-Director, Education and Training Sub-core, Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity, Director/ Duke Population Health Improvement Initiative Program, Associate Chair for the Department of Medicine Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee, and Associate Director for the Duke School of Medicine Office of Faculty Mentoring Training.

Dr. Corsino leadership lead to the successful development and implementation of unique and innovative programs including the Duke MBS program selective curriculum, the REACH Equity Summer Undergraduate Research Program, the CTSI/CERI Population Health Improvement Award, E-library, consultation services and the interactive platform for the Duke Population Health Improvement Program.

Her visionary and innovative initiatives have enhanced patient care, population health, and the recruitment, training, development, and support of health professions students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty having a significant, palpable and impressive impact of the diversity of health profession workforce and health disparities research.

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Education and Training

  • Fellow in Endocrinology, Medicine, Duke University, 2006 - 2009
  • Chief Resident, Medicine, Wayne State University, 2005 - 2006
  • Resident, Medicine, Wayne State University, 2002 - 2005
  • M.H.S., Duke University School of Medicine, 2009
  • M.D., Pontificia Universidad Catholica Madre Y Maestra (Dominican Republic), 1999


Corsino L, Dorothy. Glycemic Control in the Hospitalized Patient. Edited by Dorothy Lien, Cox, Feinglos, Corsino and Dorothy Corsino. Springer, 2010.


Rocha-Goldberg, Maria Del Pilar, Leonor Corsino, Bryan Batch, Corrine I. Voils, Carolyn T. Thorpe, Hayden B. Bosworth, and Laura P. Svetkey. “Hypertension Improvement Project (HIP) Latino: results of a pilot study of lifestyle intervention for lowering blood pressure in Latino adults.” Ethn Health 15, no. 3 (June 2010): 269–82. https://doi.org/10.1080/13557851003674997.

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Cox, Mary Elizabeth, Jennifer Rowell, Leonor Corsino, and Jennifer B. Green. “Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors in the management of type 2 diabetes: safety, tolerability, and efficacy.” Drug Healthc Patient Saf 2 (2010): 7–19. https://doi.org/10.2147/dhps.s6270.

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Gesty-Palmer, Diane, Pat Flannery, Ling Yuan, Leonor Corsino, Robert Spurney, Robert J. Lefkowitz, and Louis M. Luttrell. “A beta-arrestin-biased agonist of the parathyroid hormone receptor (PTH1R) promotes bone formation independent of G protein activation.” Sci Transl Med 1, no. 1 (October 7, 2009): 1ra1. https://doi.org/10.1126/scitranslmed.3000071.

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Corsino, Leonor, Laura P. Svetkey, Brian J. Ayotte, and Hayden B. Bosworth. “Patient characteristics associated with receipt of lifestyle behavior advice.” N C Med J 70, no. 5 (September 2009): 391–98.


Corsino, Leonor, Mary Elizabeth Cox, Jennifer Rowel, and Jennifer B. Green. “Present and Prospective Pharmacotherapy for the Management of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes.” Clin Med Ther 1 (August 27, 2009): 1103–19. https://doi.org/10.4137/cmt.s2109.

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Levine, D., D. Anderson, S. Ohmit, L. Corsino, X. Guo, Z. Lai, S. Nasser, M. Britton, P. Dews, and J. Flack. “Comprehensive training and support intervention for diabetes (CTSI-D).” Ethnicity & Disease 17, no. 3 (June 1, 2007): S17–S17.


Perez, L., L. A. Corsino, K. Grullon, E. Montesino, A. Diez, and W. Wiese. “Michael's Thyroid Factor, more than just a storm: A case and review of the literature.” In Journal of General Internal Medicine, 20:250–250, 2005.


Corsino, L. A. “Corsino L, Chinea F, Rocha-Goldberg, Voils C, Ard , Laura P. Svetkey. A Pilot Study to Qualitative Assess the Perception of Obesity in the Latino Population: Implications for Clinical Trials. ABNFJ. Summer 2016;27 (3): 58-63.” Abnfj. 27, no. 3 (n.d.): 58–63.


Corsino, L. A. “Corsino, L; Hazelton AG; Eisenson H; Tyson C; Svetkey LP; Sha R; Ostbye T; Wolever RQ. The Duke Employee Weight Loss Program: Report of a Duke Diet and Fitness Center Pilot Study. IJOSH. 2014, 2(4): 44-50.” Ijosh 2, no. 4 (n.d.): 44–50.