Dr. Robert G. Carroll, Ph.D.

Robert Carroll
Professor Department of Physiology
Phone: 252-744-2132
Fax: 252-744-3460
E-mail: carrollr@ecu.edu
Mailing Address:
Brody School of Medicine, 6E-73C
600 Moye Blvd.
Greenville, NC 27834

Research Interests

 Robert G. Carroll earned his Ph.D. in 1981 under the direction of Dr. David F. Opdyke at the Department of Physiology of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Newark. Following a 3 year post-doc at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS under the sponsorship of Drs. Thomas E. Lohmeier and Arthur C. Guyton, he moved to East Carolina University in 1984 as an Assistant Professor of Physiology. He is currently Professor of Physiology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and holds an administrative appointment as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in the Basic Sciences.

Back when he did the actual experiments, Rob's dissertation examined blood pressure regulation in sharks. He now is interested in resuscitation, but mostly sits around and spends his time in front of a computer, and has an addiction to "free cell". For the past 20 years, the real work in the laboratory was accomplished by his technician, one doctoral student, 2 masters students, and numerous medical students, residents and fellows, resulting in 48 research manuscripts. He uses travel as another mechanism to avoid lab work, presenting seminars and workshops in Hungary, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, and Scotland, and hosting visiting faculty members from Malaysia, Indonesia, Sudan, and Jamaica. Apart from his bench research, Rob has published 11 peer reviewed education manuscripts, edited one book, is a section editor for a Medical-Surgical Nursing textbook, and published "Elsevier's Integrated Physiology" in 2007 and "Problem-Based Physiology" in 2010.

Rob is the past chair the Education Committee for the American Physiological Society, and is a member of the Education Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences. He is the editor of the journal "Advances in Physiology Education". In the past, he served on the USMLE Step I Physiology Test Material Development Committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and as Secretary for the International Association of Medical Science Educators. In 2002, he was recognized in the inaugural class of Master Educators at the Brody School of Medicine, and received the Arthur C. Guyton Physiology Educator of the Year from the American Physiological Society in 2004. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2005, and the Scholar-Teacher Award from East Carolina University in 2007. His three children, however, still question his sanity and judgment.


Undergraduate (1976)
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

Graduate Study (1981)
College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
Ph.D. Physiology (1981)

Postgraduate Training (1981-1984)
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi

University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi
Instructor (1981-1984)

East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, NC
Assistant Professor of Physiology (1984-1990)
Associate Professor of Physiology 1990-1996
Professor of Physiology (1996-Present)

Interim Chair, Department of Comparative Medicine (2005-2006)

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in the Basic Sciences (2011-present, interim in 2010)


Elsevier's Integrated Physiology, by Robert G. Carroll. 2007 Mosby Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA
ISBN-13:978-0-323-043118-2; ISBN-10: 0-323-04318-6

Problem-Based Physiology, Robert G. Carroll, 2010  Saunders-Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA ISBN-13    978-1416042174; ISBN-10  1416042172.

Teaching Physiology in the Developing World: Models for Quality Learning. Co-edited by A. Siddiqui, H.R. Ahman, J.W. Herzig and R.G. Carroll. 2002 Oxford University Press; ISBN 0-579774-4

Section Editor for Medical-Surgical Nursing, 7th Edition, by J. M. Black and J. H. Hawks. Elsevier-Saunders, St. Louis, 2005. ISBN 0-7216-0220-7

Editor, Advances in Physiology Education 2008-2010

Selected Manuscripts
Carroll, R.G., T.A. Pressley and A. Haramati.  Physiological Perspective of the Role and Value of  Basic Sciences.  JIAMSE 20 (3) 293-295, 2010.

Finnerty, E.P., S. W. Chauvin,  G.  Bonaminio,  M. Andrews, R.G. Carroll, L. Pangaro. Flexner Revisited: The Role and Value of the Basic Sciences in Medical Education.  Acad. Med. 85 (2): 349-355, 2010.

Carroll RG, Matyas ML, Atwater AE, Doze V, Faircloth R, Finkenstadt P, Goodman B, Henriksen EJ, Horwitz B, Looft-Wilson R, Madsen B, Mody J, Pelaez N, Pressley TA.
APS undergraduate brainstorming summit report. Adv Physiol Educ. 31(4):380-6, 2007

Brown, J.W., Whitehurst, M.E., Gordon, C.J., and Carroll, R.G. The pre-optic anterior hypothalamus partially mediates the hypothermic response to hemorrhage in rats. Brain Research 1041:1-10, 2005.

Brown, J.W., Whitehurst, M.E., Gordon, C.J., and Carroll, R.G. Thermoregulatory set point decreases following hemorrhage in rats. SHOCK 23: 239-242, 2005.

Meggs, W.J., R.G. Carroll, K.L. Brewer, J.B. Hack, and T.J. Reeder. Sustained oxygenation without ventilation in paralyzed pigs with high-flow tracheal oxygen. Am J Emerg Med. Nov;23(7):864-7,  2005

Selected Professional Affiliations

 American Physiological Society
Chair, Teaching Section (1996-1999)
Chair, Education Committee (2001-2006)
International Association of Medical Science Educators
Board of Directors (1997-1998)
Secretary (1998-2002)
International Union of Physiological Sciences
Member, Commission on Teaching Physiology (1999-Present)

Professional Service 

External Examiner, University of the West Indies, Kingston Jamaica
MBBS (1999-2006, 2011)
BSc Nursing (2000-2002)

National Board of Medical Examiners
USMLE Step 1 Physiology Test Material Development Committee (2001-2003)

East Carolina University Institutional Animal Care And Use Committee Chair (1999-2011)

Research Programs 

Cardiovascular Physiology, Shock
Cardiovascular Disease
Temperature Regulation

Major Techniques Employed
Chronic Indwelling Vascular Catheters
Temperature Telemetry
Computerized Data Acquisition
Aseptic Surgical Methods