Dr. James J. Cappola, III

Chair and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
Office Location:
Leon Levine Hall of Medical Science
Room 160
Mailing Address:
PO Box 4280
Buies Creek, NC 27506


James J. Cappola, III,M.D, FACP, is Chair and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and joined the Campbell family in 2018. He is board-certified in internal medicine. He was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 2016.

Dr. Cappola began his career with the Wake Med internal medicine faculty in 1997 and practiced primary care and hospital medicine at the Wake Med Raleigh Campus through 2004. He then joined the Wake Med Cary Hospital Medicine Department and practiced from 2004 through 2018.

Dr. Cappola has helped train medical professionals at all levels through his 23 years of practice. He taught medical students and residents rotating at Wake Med Raleigh from the UNC School of Medicine. While at Wake Med Cary, he helped establish and lead a physician assistant rotation in hospital medicine serving students from Campbell, Wake Forest, Duke and East Carolina Universities. He also created an Acute Care Essentials conference series for the nursing staff at Wake Med Cary from 2010 through 2016.

Dr. Cappola served as clerkship director in hospital medicine at Wake Med Cary Hospital for Campbell’s inaugural medical school class in 2015 and continued as clerkship director through 2018.

His current clinical work includes precepting Harnett Health Internal Medicine residents and Campbell medical students providing inpatient care at Betsy Johnson Hospital and Central Harnett Hospital. He also precepts Harnett Health internal medicine residents providing primary care at Dunn Medical Services.

Dr. Cappola serves as a mentor for students in Campbell’s Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences.

His clinical and teaching interests include patient-centered interviewing, evidence-based medicine and diagnostic reasoning.

Dr. Cappola volunteers regularly precepting students providing primary care at the Campbell University Community Care Clinic. He is also a faculty advisor for Campbell’s Internal Medicine Club.

He and his wife, Linda, have five children.

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