David Harpole Jr., MD, is a professor of surgery and pathology. He serves as the director of the Duke Surgical Research Fellowship and leads the Duke Lung Cancer Research Laboratory and Biorepository, which has had continuous National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, or Veterans Administration Merit Review funding for nearly three decades. His work is focused on non-small cell lung cancer, esophageal carcinoma, and mesothelioma. Dr. Harpole is an internationally recognized expert in thoracic oncology in translational science, clinical research, and education and is one of the innovators of minimally invasive approaches to lung cancer and the multi-modality treatment of mesothelioma. Over the last two decades, he has trained and mentored more than 20 research fellows who hold academic positions across the U.S. and Canada.