John William Ragsdale

Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Family Medicine Center, 2100 E, Box 3886 DUMC, Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684-6721

I have worked at Duke Family Medicine since I moved to the area in 2008, and I served as medical director from  2011 until 2016.  I'm now the Division Chief of the Department of Family Medicine. I have gained a lot of personal satisfaction from being involved with patient care as my administrative roles have grown. My interests have evolved. I have always enjoyed teaching and believe it is a core value of our practice.

I have also begun to care for patients of survivors of genitourinary cancer at the cancer center.  
This is a new and evolving area that I am very excited about.

Education and Training

  • Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, M.D. 2000


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Berkowitz C, Allen D, Tenhover J, Zullig L, Fischer J, Pollak K, Smith S, Ragsdale J, Anderson J, Bowlby L, Koontz B. Bridging the Gap: PCP and Patient Needs in Head and Neck Cancer Survivor Care. 2017 Oct:E530-E531.

Berkowitz C, Allen DH, Tenhover J, Zullig LL, Ragsdale J, Fischer JE, Pollak KI, Koontz BF. Knowledge and Preferences of Primary Care Providers in Delivering Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Care. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education. 2017 Jul 14. PubMed PMID: 28707205.

Ragsdale JW, Halstater B, Martinez-Bianchi V. Prostate cancer screening. 2014 Jun. p. 355-370.