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James (Les) L. Harmon
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Office: 3015 Pearson Building
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James (Les) L. Harmon, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, AAHIVS

Associate Professor

  • Brief Bio

    Les Harmon came to nursing as a second career and has focused his work on treating and improving the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS for more than twenty years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in 1977, and later moved to San Francisco, where he worked in architectural design, graphic design, mapmaking, and medical illustration. In 1991 he earned a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco’s accelerated BSN program. In 1997 he earned a Master’s degree in nursing from Duke, and that same year helped start the Northern Outreach Clinic in Henderson, NC, where he continues to maintain a clinical practice with HIV/AIDS patients. He joined the school’s regular rank faculty in 2008 and earned a DNP from Duke University in 2012.

    As a faculty member, he teaches in the Nurse Practitioner Program; he is Lead Faculty for the AGNP program and is the director of the HIV/AIDS concentration. Also at Duke, he has worked as a research assistant and coordinator for a number of clinical research projects, most recently with Dr. Julie Barroso and her HIV-related fatigue research. Dr. Harmon maintains certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and as an HIV Specialist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

    Academic Program Affiliations

    Master of Science in Nursing Program


    DNPDuke University School of Nursing
    MSNDuke University School of Nursing

    Professional Certifications

    ANP-BCAdult Nurse Practitioner
    AAHIVSAmerican Academy of HIV Medicine, HIV Specialist

    Research Interests


    Clinical Interests

    Les Harmon provides care for patients part time at an HIV outreach clinic in Henderson, NC, which he helped found along with other Duke nurse practitioners.