David H. Harpole Jr., MD David H. Harpole Jr., MD

David H. Harpole Jr., MD

Thoracic Surgeon

4.8 out of 5  (171 ratings, 23 reviews)
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ABOUT ME

With over 20 years of experience as a busy general thoracic surgeon, I am referred patients with cancers in the chest and other difficult problems involving all the organs of the chest that are not from cancer. One of the things that attracted me to the field is the long-term relationship with my patients. I tell all my patients that I’m their doctor for life. I see patients for many, many years. Back in 2000, when we had a 26-inch snow here -- it was a Tuesday -- on my clinic day, everyone said no one would come to clinic. But I actually had 23 or 24 patients show up in four-wheel drives. It’s not that I’m such a fabulous doctor that they came to see me. It’s that they are cancer patients and this was their annual visit or their follow up. It was important to them. So we were here for them, and they came. I enjoy seeing my patients back 12, 13, 14 years later and learning what they’ve been up to and what their families have been up to. That’s a bond you get in oncology that a lot of other fields don’t have that treat patients then turn them back over to their primary care physicians. We as a team follow people, and I like that.

School of Medicine Department
School of Medicine Division
LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
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Training
EDUCATION
MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1984
RESIDENCY
General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 1984-1991
FELLOWSHIP
Thoracic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 1991-1993
Thoracic Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts), 1993-1995
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Surgery, Thoracic
American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
Clinical Focus and Research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

With a long history as a national leader in lung cancer clinical trials, I currently am the co-chair of the Thoracic Malignancy Steering Committee for the National Cancer Institute. This committee made up of oncologists and scientists from the U.S. and Canada approves and oversees all lung cancer, mesothelioma and thymoma clinical trials in North America. I have directed the Duke Lung Cancer Research Laboratory for 20 years. It focuses on the genomics of lung cancer and mesothelioma: Why cancers form, grow and spread, and how to do developed new drugs to treat this?

PUBLICATIONS
View David Harpole's publications on PubMed
Ratings and Reviews

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4.8 out of 5 (171 ratings, 23 reviews)
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Industry Relationships and Collaborations
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