Dr. David H. Harpole, Jr., M.D. – Mesothelioma Doctor – Associate Professor of Surgery, Thoracic Oncology Program

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Duke University Medical Center
Department of Surgery
DUMC Box 3627
Durham, North Carolina 27710
Phone: 919.668.8413
Fax: 919.668.7157

Dr. David H. Harpole, Jr. is Associate Professor of Surgery (with Tenure) and Assistant Professor of Pathology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham , North Carolina . He is also Director of the lung cancer Prognostic Research Laboratory and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs at Duke University Medical Center. In addition to mesothelioma, Dr. Harpole’s clinical interests include: general thoracic surgery, advanced airway and thoracoscopic surgery, benign and malignant disease of the lung, esophagus, and mediastinum; esophageal cancer, oncology, and hyperhidrosis palmaris.

His research interest is non-small cell lung cancer, and his clinical research activities including the development of esophageal cancer treatment protocol and outcome studies, creation of databases, development of risk associated models of morbidity in cancer patients undergoing thoracic surgery procedures, and cost and satisfaction evaluation of thoracoscopy and open thoracotomy in cancer patients.

Dr. Harpole attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia where he received his B.A. in Chemistry and Biology in 1980. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1984. Dr. Harpole also attended the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he studied Health Economics through the Physician Executive Leadership Program until 2000.

Dr. Harpole gained his research and professional experience at both Duke University Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He completed his General Surgery Internship from 1984-1985 at Duke University Medical Center and he was a Junior Assistant Surgical Resident, also at Duke, from 1985-1986. He completed his Thoracic Surgical Research Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center from 1986-1988 and his Senior Assistant Surgical Residency from 1988-1991, also at Duke. He was Chief Resident in General Surgery at Duke University Medical Center from 1991-1992 and Teaching Scholar in Thoracic Surgery from 1992-1993, also at Duke.

Dr. Harpole became an Instructor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School in 1993 and held the position until 1996. From 1993-1996, he was also Associate in Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts ; Consultant in Thoracic Surgery at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Staff Thoracic Surgeon at West Roxbury Veteran’s Medical Center in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. He is currently Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Harpole became American Board of Surgery certified in 1993, and American Board of Thoracic Surgery certified in 1994. He belongs to the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.