Dr. David Harpole Jr, MD

Dr. David Harpole Jr, MD

Thoracic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 60
Dr. David Harpole Jr, MD is a thoracic surgery specialist in Durham, NC and has been practicing for 23 years. He graduated from University Of Virginia School Of Medicine in 1984 and specializes in thoracic surgery.

20 Duke Medicine Cir

Durham, NC 27710

Contact Information

(919) 668-8413

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Decortication and Pleurectomy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Pleural Cancer
very high
more than 99% of peers
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
very high
more than 97% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Harpole Jr "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."
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1  Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

37  Conditions Treated

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

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for North Carolina.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Virginia School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • Duke University Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Duke University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Duke University Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. David Harpole Jr, MD
10 years ago I met Dr. Harpole. I had battled 4 congestive heartfailures, Coma and waking up 70 lbs. He positively bounced in and listened to my concerns! He was amazing! Not one problem. I owe you bigtime!
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