Dr. David Harpole Jr., MD

Dr. David Harpole Jr., MD

Thoracic Surgery | Male | 58 years old

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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 Im 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. Its not that Im such a fabulous doctor that they came to see me. Its 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 theyve been up to and what their families have been up to. Thats a bond you get in oncology that a lot of other fields dont have that treat patients then turn them back over to their primary care physicians. We as a team follow people and I like that.Read more

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Dr. Harpole Jr.'s Care Philosophy

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 Im 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. Its not that Im such a fabulous doctor that they came to see me. Its 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 theyve been up to and what their families have been up to. Thats a bond you get in oncology that a lot of other fields dont have that treat patients then turn them back over to their primary care physicians. We as a team follow people and I like that.

Dr. Harpole Jr.'s experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
  •  Board certified in General Surgery and Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Septal Defect
  • Thrombosis
  • Thymomas
  • Vascular Disease

Education

  • Medical School
    University of Virginia School of Medicine

    Graduated in 1984

  • Internship Hospital
    Duke University Med Center

    Completed in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    Duke University Medical Center

    Completed in 1991

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute

    Completed in 1995

    Duke University Medical Center

    Completed in 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagostomy
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Sympathectomy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Pneumonectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tilt Testing or Cardiac Event Monitors
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy