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.