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James Lester Harmon

Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus in the School of Nursing
School of Nursing
Box 3322 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
307TRENT Drive Room 3015, Duke School of Nursing, Durham, NC 27710


Les Harmon came to nursing as a second career in the early 1990s and has focused his career on HIV clinical management, HIV clinical research, and HIV clinical education. 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, cartography, 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. He joined the school’s regular rank faculty in 2008 and earned a DNP from Duke University in 2012.

As a faculty member, he currently teaches nurse practitioner students in the MSN Program and directs the HIV Specialty. He has maintained a clinical practice in HIV primary care since 1997 and currently practices part time at Warren-Vance Community Health Center in Henderson, NC. He is credentialed as an HIV Specialist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus in the School of Nursing · 2020 - Present School of Nursing

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University, School of Nursing · 2012 D.N.P.
Duke University · 1997 M.S.N.
University of California, San Francisco · 1991 B.S.